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Donnelly, Dermot; O'Reilly, John; McGarr, Oliver – Research in Science Education, 2013
Practical work is often noted as a core reason many students take on science in secondary schools (high schools). However, there are inherent difficulties associated with classroom practical work that militate against scientific inquiry, an approach espoused by many science educators. The use of interactive simulations to facilitate student…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Secondary School Science, High Schools
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Haigh, Mavis; France, Beverley; Gounder, Roshni – Research in Science Education, 2012
Illustrative practical work is commonly used in chemistry education to enrich students' understandings of chemical phenomena. However, it is possible that such practical work may not serve to foster understanding but rather cause further confusion. This paper reports the struggles experienced by a group of senior (Year 12) secondary chemistry…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Education, Secondary School Science, Observation
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Hsu, Pei-Ling; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Research in Science Education, 2009
Most academic science educators encourage teachers to provide their students with access to more authentic science activities. What can and do teachers say to increase students' interests in participating in opportunities to do real science? What are the discursive "resources" they draw on to introduce authentic science to students? The purpose of…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Student Interests, Discourse Analysis, Biology