ERIC Number: ED239850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Research in Science Education. Volume 12. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australian Science Education Research Association (13th, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, May 1982).
Rattray-Wood, Laurie, Ed.; Ferguson, Peter, Ed.
Australian Science Education Research Association: Research in Science Education, v12 May 1982
This publication contains a selection of science education research papers, beginning with an overview of trends in science education cognitive developmental research and theory in the United Kingdom. Papers that follow focus on developments in studies of thinking and reasoning, including work on concept mapping and conceptual change. Closely associated are papers focusing on teaching and learning, including studies on teachers, students, or both teachers and students, relating to verbal and non-verbal classroom communication; effect of teacher background on performance; differences in problem-solving performances; effects of instruction on understanding; and computer simulation as a means to aid concept development. Additional papers are representative of work on attitudes and perceptions. These include use of commonality analysis in analyzing teachers' attitudes and practice toward primary science, medical school students' perceptions of science, study of scientific attitudes of science educators who study scientific attitudes, students' attitudes toward conservation of environment and environmental issues, and others. The final paper uses an analysis of earlier science textbooks to identify a trend away from seeing "nature" as a symbol of performance, such that observed complexities and changes in the meaning of the symbol can be more readily accepted. (JN)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Cognitive Processes, Computer Simulation, Concept Formation, Concept Mapping, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Higher Education, Learning, Medical Students, Problem Solving, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Scientific Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Textbooks
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Science Education Research Association.
Identifiers: Australia; Science Education Research
Note: For related document, see SE 043 770.