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Struyf, Annemie; De Loof, Haydée; Boeve-de Pauw, Jelle; Van Petegem, Peter – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
In this paper, we explore how students' engagement varies in different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning environments. More specifically, we focus on the significance of a learning environment applying an integrated STEM (iSTEM) approach and the significance of STEM learning environments' student-centredness. Moreover,…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, STEM Education, Educational Environment, Educational Practices
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Sheldrake, Richard – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Understanding students' intentions to study science at upper-secondary school, at university, and to follow science careers continues as a central concern for international science education. Prior research has highlighted that students' science confidence has been associated with their intentions to study science further, although…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science
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Nawani, Jigna; Rixius, Julia; Neuhaus, Birgit J. – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Empirical analysis of secondary biology classrooms revealed that, on average, 68% of teaching time in Germany revolved around processing tasks. Quality of instruction can thus be assessed by analyzing the quality of tasks used in classroom discourse. This quasi-experimental study analyzed how teachers used tasks in 38 videotaped biology lessons…
Descriptors: Biology, Video Technology, Concept Mapping, Foreign Countries
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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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Berne, Birgitta – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
This article reports on the outcomes of an intervention in a Swedish school in which the author, a teacher-researcher, sought to develop students' (14-15 years old) ethical reasoning in science through the use of peer discussions about socio-scientific issues. Prior to the student discussions various prompts were used to highlight different…
Descriptors: Ethics, Biotechnology, Intervention, Foreign Countries
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Händel, Marion; Duan, Xiaoju; Sutherland, Margaret; Ziegler, Albert – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
Across several countries, science is often regarded as unpopular and a male-dominated domain. Furthermore, the number of students who are interested in science education or intend to work in the field of science is relatively low. This might be due to expectations adolescents hold towards science and successful scientists. The current…
Descriptors: Science Education, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Expectation
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Grünkorn, Juliane; Upmeier zu Belzen, Annette; Krüger, Dirk – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
Research in the field of students' understandings of models and their use in science describes different frameworks concerning these understandings. Currently, there is no conjoint framework that combines these structures and so far, no investigation has focused on whether it reflects students' understandings sufficiently (empirical evaluation).…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comprehension, Models, Secondary School Students
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Anagnostopoulou, Kyriaki; Hatzinikita, Vassilia; Christidou, Vasilia; Dimopoulos, Kostas – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
The paper explores the relationship of the global and the local assessment discourses as expressed by Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test items and school-based examinations, respectively. To this end, the paper compares PISA test items related to living systems and the context of life, health, and environment, with Greek…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, Secondary School Students, Discourse Analysis
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Anderhag, Per; Emanuelsson, Patrik; Wickman, Per-Olof; Hamza, Karim Mikael – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
It is commonly argued that socio-economic inequalities can explain many of the differences in achievement and participation in science education that have been reported among countries and among schools within a country. We addressed this issue by examining (a) the relationship between variables associated with socio-economic background and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Socioeconomic Background, Grade 9
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Besson, Ugo; Borghi, Lidia; De Ambrosis, Anna; Mascheretti, Paolo – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
We have developed a teaching-learning sequence (TLS) on friction based on a preliminary study involving three dimensions: an analysis of didactic research on the topic, an overview of usual approaches, and a critical analysis of the subject, considered also in its historical development. We found that mostly the usual presentations do not take…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Criticism, Motivation, Teaching Methods
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Stavrova, Olga; Urhahne, Detlef – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
The study examines the nature, conditions, and outcomes of student learning from an organised guided tour in the Deutsches Museum in Munich. The instructional methods that best support students' cognitive and affective learning as well as how students' motivational and emotional states influence their achievement were investigated. A sample of 96…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Prior Learning, Museums, Teaching Methods
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Othman, Jazilah; Treagust, David F.; Chandrasegaran, A. L. – International Journal of Science Education, 2008
A thorough understanding of chemical bonding requires familiarity with the particulate nature of matter. In this study, a two-tier multiple-choice diagnostic instrument consisting of ten items (five items involving each of the two concepts) was developed to assess students' understanding of the particulate nature of matter and chemical bonding so…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Foreign Countries, Grade 9, Grade 10
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Cokelez, Aytekin; Dumon, Alain; Taber, Keith S. – International Journal of Science Education, 2008
The purpose of this study is to identify how upper secondary school French students (Grade 10-12) interpret chemical transformation with regards to the changes within molecules and atoms, and in terms of intramolecular and/or intermolecular bond breaking. In order to identify and describe the students' assimilated knowledge, four questions were…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, Grade 9
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Van Aalsvoort, Joke – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
In a previous article, the problem of chemistry's lack of relevance in secondary chemical education was analysed using logical positivism as a tool. This article starts with the hypothesis that the problem can be addressed by means of activity theory, one of the important theories within the sociocultural school. The reason for this expectation is…
Descriptors: Science and Society, Chemistry, Secondary School Students, Relevance (Education)