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Kruit, P. M.; Oostdam, R. J.; van den Berg, E.; Schuitema, J. A. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
In most primary science classes, students are taught science inquiry skills by way of learning by doing. Research shows that explicit instruction may be more effective. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of explicit instruction on the acquisition of inquiry skills. Participants included 705 Dutch fifth and sixth graders. Students…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Grade 6, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students
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Yang, Kuay-Keng; Lee, Ling; Hong, Zuway-R; Lin, Huann-shyang – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to explore the effectiveness of the creative inquiry-based science teaching on students' creative science thinking and science inquiry performance. A quasi-experimental design consisting one experimental group (N = 20) and one comparison group (N = 24) with pretest and post-test was conducted. The framework of the…
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Science Instruction, Science Education, Convergent Thinking
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Karpudewan, Mageswary; Roth, Wolff-Michael; Bin Abdullah, Mohd Nor Syahrir – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Climate change generally and global warming specifically have become a common feature of the daily news. Due to widespread recognition of the adverse consequences of climate change on human lives, concerted societal effort has been taken to address it (e.g. by means of the science curriculum). This study was designed to test the effect that…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Knowledge Level, Climate, Global Approach
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Breuer, Gabriele B.; Schlegel, Jürg; Kauf, Peter; Rupf, Reto – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Children have served as research subjects in several surveys on attitudes to insects and invertebrates. Most of the studies have used quantitative scoring methods to draw conclusions. This paper takes a different approach as it analyzes children's free-text comments to gain an understanding of their viewpoints. A total of 246 children aged 9-13…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Questionnaires, Foreign Countries, Entomology
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Larrain, Antonia; Freire, Paulina; Howe, Christine – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
Since the late 1990s, there has been consensus among educational researchers that argumentation should play a central role in science education. Although there has been extensive relevant research, it is not clear enough how oral argumentation spontaneously occurs in science teaching. This is particularly important with regard to the empirical…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Foreign Countries, Middle School Students
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Wilde, Matthias; Hubmann, Jona Samuel; Lorenzen, Simone; Meyer, Annika; Randler, Christoph – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of living animals on pupils' intrinsic motivation and knowledge. Various studies from the late 1970s and 1980s stress the high effectiveness of authentic learning experiences in pupils' knowledge acquisition. However, there are only few current empirical studies on this topic. The research question…
Descriptors: Laptop Computers, Motivation, Student Attitudes, Animals
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Lin, Huann-shyang; Hong, Zuway-R; Cheng, Ying-Yao – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
This quasi-experimental study investigates how the classroom learning environment changed after inquiry-based activities were introduced and student questioning was encouraged. Three science teachers and three classes of fifth graders (n = 92) participated in this study. The analysis of covariance reveals that although the experimental group…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Statistical Analysis, Science Teachers, Grade 5
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Annetta, Leonard; Mangrum, Jennifer; Holmes, Shawn; Collazo, Kimberly; Cheng, Meng-Tzu – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine students' learning of simple machines, a fifth-grade (ages 10-11) forces and motion unit, and student engagement using a teacher-created Multiplayer Educational Gaming Application. This mixed-method study collected pre-test/post-test results to determine student knowledge about simple machines. A survey…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Video Games, Educational Games, Learning Processes