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ERIC Number: EJ1105344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2149-214X
Nature of Science Lessons, Argumentation and Scientific Discussions among Students in Science Classes: A Case Study in a Successful School
Ozturk, Elif; Ucus, Sukran
Journal of Education in Science, Environment and Health, v1 n2 p102-110 2015
Argumentation is highlighted as one of the most important activities of science education by many researchers. The main aim of this research is to examine primary school students' nature of science classes and argumentation skills in terms of their academic success in primary science classes. Thus, the main interest of the study is centered on the nature of science lessons, the structure of the argument and an effort to scaffold students' understanding concerning the argument's structure. As this was considered the initial, but students have to acquire fundamental skills before dealing with the inner validity of an argument. Moreover, successful and chosen students for this study were studied carefully dense by the researchers. In that scope, the study was designed on "qualitative" research techniques which are detailed as explorative and fundamentally interpretation for the related topic. Since a particular school's successful students are considered in the research, it could be viewed and designed as a case study. The study is conducted with 8th graders with the age of 12-13 in a private elementary school. Focus group interviews and classroom observations during science lessons were the basic tools to obtain data. The results were grouped under the following aspects: objectives of science education, science teaching methods of teachers, teaching materials and teacher's attitudes towards his/her students during the class. Two science teachers in this school both give importance inquiry based teaching science. This research has demonstrated that even the most successful 8th graders in science classes do not necessarily understand fundamental concepts about nature and science. The science teachers in this research also mentioned that the interactive nature of information technologies can support students in carrying out inquiry-based activities, using problems, questions, and even theories that they themselves define and develop argumentation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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