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Frumin, Kim; Dede, Chris; Fischer, Christian; Foster, Brandon; Lawrenz, Frances; Eisenkraft, Arthur; Fishman, Barry; Jurist Levy, Abigail; McCoy, Ayana – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Over the past decade, the field of teacher professional learning has coalesced around core characteristics of high quality professional development experiences (e.g. Borko, Jacobs, & Koellner, 2010. Contemporary approaches to teacher professional development. In P. L. Peterson, E. Baker, & B. McGaw (Eds.), "International encyclopedia…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Computer Mediated Communication, Science Instruction
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Burgin, Stephen R.; McConnell, William J.; Flowers, Alonzo M., III – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
This study describes an investigation of a research apprenticeship program that we developed for diverse high-school students often underrepresented in similar programs and in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professions. Through the apprenticeship program, students spent 2 weeks in the summer engaged in biofuels-related research…
Descriptors: High School Students, Summer Programs, Apprenticeships, STEM Education
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Crook, Simon J.; Sharma, Manjula D.; Wilson, Rachel – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Our study capitalized on a unique natural experiment rather than a researcher-designed, randomized experiment whereby, thanks to the Australian Government's Digital Education Revolution, half of grade 9 students in 2008 received laptops and half did not. Consequently in late 2011, when these students sat for their grade 12 external examinations…
Descriptors: High School Seniors, Secondary School Science, Laptop Computers, Access to Computers
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Shein, Paichi Pat; Tsai, Chun-Yen – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Collaborations between the K-12 teachers and higher education or professional scientists have become a widespread approach to science education reform. Educational funding and efforts have been invested to establish these cross-institutional collaborations in many countries. Since 2006, Taiwan initiated the High Scope Program, a high school…
Descriptors: Scientists, Secondary School Teachers, Educational Cooperation, Secondary School Science
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Schütte, Kerstin; Köller, Olaf – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Considerable research has focused on how best to satisfy modern societies' needs for skilled labour in the field of science. The present study evaluated an intervention programme designed to increase secondary school students' motivation to pursue a science career. Students from 3 schools of the highest educational track participated for up to 2…
Descriptors: Science Education, Student Motivation, Statistical Analysis, Intervention
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Nilsson, Pernilla – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
It is a common view that developing teachers' competence to restructure or reframe their knowledge and beliefs is inevitably a complex challenge. This paper reports on a research project with the aim to develop science teachers' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) through their participation in a learning study. A learning study is a…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Science Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Science Instruction
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Wahbeh, Nader; Abd-El-Khalick, Fouad – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
This study (a) assessed the influence of an integrated nature of science (NOS) instructional intervention on inservice secondary science teachers' understandings, retention of those understandings, and their NOS instructional planning and practices; and (b) examined factors that mediated the translation of teachers' NOS understandings into…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Luft, Julie A. – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
While it is generally acknowledged that the first years of teaching are the most difficult, little is known about the development of subject matter specialists during this period. In order to add to the knowledge in this area, the present study explores the first year of 114 secondary science teachers as they participate in one of four different…
Descriptors: Proximity, Investigations, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Science Teachers
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Hofstein, Avi; Shore, Relly; Kipnis, Mira – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
An inquiry-type laboratory was implemented into the chemistry curriculum in high schools in Israel. The study included development of inquiry-type experiments, assessment tools for a continuous assessment of students' achievements and progress, and a long-term professional development program for teachers who decided to implement the program in…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Laboratories, Chemistry