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Höft, Lars; Bernholt, Sascha; Blankenburg, Janet S.; Winberg, Mikael – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2019
The development of students' interest in school science activities, their understanding of central chemical concepts, and the interplay between both constructs across Grades 5-11 were analyzed in a cross-sectional paper-and-pencil study (N = 2,510, mean age 11-17 years). Previous empirical findings indicate that students' knowledge increases over…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Science Instruction, Chemistry, Case Studies
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Höft, Lars; Bernholt, Sascha – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
This paper presents the findings of a three-year longitudinal study (Grades 9-11; N = 756 students in German secondary schools; mean starting age = 14.7 years) that explores the development of and the interplay between upper-secondary students' individual interest and conceptual understanding in chemistry. Students' individual interest was…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Longitudinal Studies