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Tseng, Shian-Shyong; Su, Jun-Ming; Hwang, Gwo-Jen; Hwang, Gwo-Haur; Tsai, Chin-Chung; Tsai, Chang-Jiun – Educational Technology & Society, 2008
The popularity of web-based learning systems has encouraged researchers to pay attention to several new issues. One of the most important issues is the development of new techniques to provide personalized teaching materials. Although several frameworks or methods have been proposed, it remains a challenging issue to design an easy-to-realize…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Individualized Instruction, Intelligent Tutoring Systems
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Liu, Shiang-Yao; Tsai, Chin-Chung – International Journal of Science Education, 2008
The purpose of this study was to examine whether science and non-science major students have different scientific epistemological views (SEVs). A multidimensional instrument previously developed by the authors was used to assess differences in college students' SEV of various aspects. A total of 220 freshmen (42% science and 58% non-science…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Undergraduate Students, Science Teachers, Epistemology
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Yang, Fang-Ying; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Computers & Education, 2008
Psychological studies have shown that personal beliefs about learning and environmental preferences affect learning behaviors. However, these learner characteristics have not been widely discussed in the web-based context. By developing questionnaires, this study attempted to detect learners' web-based learning environmental preferences (WLEP) and…
Descriptors: Psychological Studies, Web Based Instruction, Factor Analysis, Foreign Countries
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Lee, Min-Hsien; Johanson, Robert E.; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Science Education, 2008
Previous research has established a close link between students' conceptions of learning and approaches to learning. Until recently, only a few quantitative studies have investigated the relationship between high school students' conceptions of learning science and the approaches they adopt to learning science. This study sought to address this…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Student Attitudes, Structural Equation Models, Questionnaires
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Tsai, Chin-Chung; Kuo, Pi-Chu – International Journal of Science Education, 2008
The cram school in Taiwan offers additional after-school instruction to enhance students' academic performance, and it provides a unique educational context to investigate students' perspectives toward learning. The purpose of this study was to explore 45 cram school students' (around 14 years old) conceptions of learning and learning science. The…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Epistemology, Teaching Methods
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Wen, Meichun Lydia; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Teaching in Higher Education, 2008
Online or web-based peer assessment is a valuable and effective way to help the learner to examine his or her learning progress, and teachers need to be familiar with the practice before they use it in their classrooms. Therefore, the purpose of our study was to design an online peer assessment activity for 37 inservice science and mathematics…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Curriculum, Education Courses, Peer Evaluation, Research Methodology
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Wu, Ying-Tien; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Educational Technology & Society, 2007
The idea of "information commitments" refers to both learners' online searching strategies and the evaluative standards that students use to assess the accuracy and usefulness of information in web-based learning environments. Based upon the results of a pioneering and qualitative study on information commitments, this study aimed to develop an…
Descriptors: Online Searching, Search Strategies, Web Based Instruction, Educational Environment
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Wu, Ying-Tien; Tsai, Chin-Chung – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
Recently, the significance of learners' informal reasoning on socio-scientific issues has received increasing attention among science educators. To gain deeper insights into this important issue, an integrated analytic framework was developed in this study. With this framework, 71 Grade 10 students' informal reasoning about nuclear energy usage…
Descriptors: Grade 10, Science Instruction, Nuclear Energy, Science Education
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Tsai, Chin-Chung – Science Education, 2007
Research about the relationship between teachers' scientific epistemological views (SEVs) and science instruction is often an important issue for many science educators. This study, by collecting research data from four Taiwanese science teachers, their students, and classroom observations, was carried out to examine the coherences between…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts, Rhetoric, Science Teachers
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Tseng, Sheng-Chau; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Computers & Education, 2007
The purposes of this study were to explore the effects and the validity of on-line peer assessment in high schools and to analyze effects of various types of peer feedback on students. The participating students, a total of 184 10th graders, developed their individual course projects by involving the on-line peer assessment learning activities in…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Grade 10, Feedback (Response), Peer Evaluation
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Peng, Hsinyi; Tsai, Chin-Chung; Wu, Ying-Tien – Educational Studies, 2006
The attitudes and the self-efficacy that characterize learners relative to the Internet have been identified as important factors that affect learners' motivation, interests and performance in Internet-based learning environments. Meanwhile, learners' perceptions of the Internet may shape learners' attitudes and online behaviours. This study…
Descriptors: Internet, Gender Differences, Student Attitudes, College Students
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Tsai, Chin-Chung – Teaching & Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 2006
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of science education courses on a group of Taiwanese inservice and preservice teachers' views toward the nature of science. There were two science education courses in the study; one was for 36 inservice teachers, while the other one was for 32 preservice teachers. Both of the courses included…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Preservice Teachers, Science Education, Scientific Principles
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Guan, Ying-Hua; Tsai, Chin-Chung; Hwang, Fu-Kwun – Instructional Science: An International Journal of Learning and Cognition, 2006
In this study we content analyzed the online discussion of several senior-high-school groups on a forum of a virtual physics laboratory in Taiwan. The goal of our research was to investigate the nature of non-course-based online discussion and to find out some useful guidelines in developing such discussion forums for learning purposes. We adapted…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, High School Students, Physics, Foreign Countries
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Tsai, Chin-Chung – Adolescence (San Diego): an international quarterly devoted to the physiological, psychological, psychiatric, sociological, and educational aspects of the second decade of human life, 2006
Many educational psychologists believe that students' beliefs about the nature of knowledge, called epistemological beliefs, play an essential role in their learning process. Educators also stress the importance of helping students develop a better understanding of the nature of knowledge. The tentative and creative nature of science is often…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Principles, Psychologists, Physics
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Wen, Meichun Lydia; Tsai, Chin-Chung; Chang, Chun-Yen – Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 2006
In recent years, peer assessment has been increasingly used as an alternative method of assessment in classrooms. The study described in this paper employed a 13-item Likert-scale instrument to evaluate participants' attitudes towards both general (seven items) and online peer assessment (six items). A sample of 280 pre-service teachers and 108…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Peer Evaluation
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