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Givry, Damien; Tiberghien, Andree – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
In literature, several processes have been suggested to describe conceptual changes being undertaken. However, a few parts of studies analyse in great detail which students' learning processes are involved in physics classes during teaching, and how they are used. Following a socio-constructivist approach using tools coming from discourse…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Constructivism (Learning), Student Evaluation, Written Language
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Foster, Colin – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
This position paper argues that students' understanding and acceptance of evolution may be supported, rather than hindered, by classroom discussion of creationism. Parallels are drawn between creationism and other scientific misconceptions, both of the scientific community in the past and of students in the present. Science teachers frequently…
Descriptors: Evidence, Evolution, Biology, Conflict
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Rule, Audrey C.; Stefanich, Greg P.; Boody, Robert M.; Peiffer, Belinda – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, important in today's world, are underrepresented by students with disabilities. Students with visual impairments, although cognitively similar to sighted peers, face challenges as STEM subjects are often taught using visuals. They need alternative forms of access such as enlarged or…
Descriptors: Visual Impairments, Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Assistive Technology
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Punter, Pilar; Ochando-Pardo, Montserrat; Garcia, Javier – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
This paper is part of an extensive study of secondary school students' preconceived ideas about climate change. Here, we undertake a survey in the province of Valencia (Spain) to ascertain secondary school students' notions of the causes and consequences of climate change. Results show, among other things, that students clearly relate the misuse…
Descriptors: Motor Vehicles, Foreign Countries, Climate, Secondary School Students
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Westbroek, Hanna B.; Klaassen, Kees; Bulte, Astrid; Pilot, Albert – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
This article reports on a design study aimed at achieving that students experience their learning as meaningful. Two conditions for meaningful activities were identified: (1) students should be motivated to attain a certain goal and (2) they should have rudimentary conceptual and procedural knowledge of how to attain that goal. Together, these…
Descriptors: Advance Organizers, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Chemistry
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Gerstner, Sabine; Bogner, Franz X. – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
Our study monitored the cognitive and motivational effects within different educational instruction schemes: On the one hand, teacher-centred versus hands-on instruction; on the other hand, hands-on instruction with and without a knowledge consolidation phase (concept mapping). All the instructions dealt with the same content. For all…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Hands on Science, Grade 5, Secondary School Students
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Maia, Poliana Flavia; Justi, Rosaria – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
This paper presents and discusses students' learning process of chemical equilibrium from a modelling-based approach developed from the use of the "Model of Modelling" diagram. The investigation was conducted in a regular classroom (students 14-15 years old) and aimed at discussing how modelling-based teaching can contribute to students…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Teaching Methods, Models, Visual Aids
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Sturm, Heike; Bogner, Franz X. – International Journal of Science Education, 2008
The study investigated cognitive and motivational effects of two educational interventions, a conventional versus a student-oriented approach. We monitored the impact on the cognitive achievement outcome and the motivation of students. Both approaches dealt with the subject of birds and bird flight; the student-oriented approach consisted of a…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Workstations, Test Construction, Teaching Methods
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Cakmakci, Gultekin; Leach, John; Donnelly, James – International Journal of Science Education, 2006
This cross-sectional study identifies key conceptual difficulties experienced by upper secondary school and pre-service chemistry teachers (N = 191) in the area of reaction rates. Students' ideas about reaction rates were elicited through a series of written tasks and individual interviews. In this paper, students' ideas related to reaction rate…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Curriculum Development, Mathematical Models, Models
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McLellan, Ros – International Journal of Science Education, 2006
Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education (CASE) is an intervention programme conducted during Years 7 and 8 in the United Kingdom (aged 11-13 years), which has reported remarkable success in enhancing cognitive development and in raising academic achievement. Critics, however, have questioned whether a purely cognitive mechanism can…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intervention, World Views, Cognitive Development
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Saglam, Murat; Millar, Robin – International Journal of Science Education, 2006
Although electromagnetism is an important component of upper secondary school physics syllabuses in many countries, there has been relatively little research on students' understanding of the topic. A written test consisting of 16 diagnostic questions was developed and used to survey the understanding of electromagnetism of upper secondary school…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Physics, Teaching Methods
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Cleaves, Anna – International Journal of Science Education, 2005
In this paper I examine the formation of post-16 choices over 3 years among higher achieving students with respect to enrolment in post-compulsory science courses. Transcripts from four interviews carried out over 3 years with 72 secondary school students were qualitatively analysed. Students were found to shape their choices for science in a…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Secondary School Science, High Achievement
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Halkia, Krystallia; Mantzouridis, Dimitris – International Journal of Science Education, 2005
The present research was designed to investigate the reaction of secondary school students to the communication code that the press uses in science articles: it attempts to trace which communication techniques can be of potential use in science education. The sample of the research consists of 351 secondary school students. The research instrument…
Descriptors: Science Education, Secondary School Students, Student Reaction, Student Attitudes
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Tao, Ping-Kee – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
This article reports the use of a computer-based collaborative learning instruction designed to help students develop understanding of image formation by lenses. The study aims to investigate how students, working in dyads and mediated by multimedia computer-assisted learning (CAL) programs, construct shared knowledge and understanding. The…
Descriptors: Optics, Imagery, Physics, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Kabapinar, Filiz; Leach, John; Scott, Phil – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
This paper reports upon a study addressing teaching and learning about solubility to Turkish first-year secondary school students (age 14-15). The principal aim of the research was to investigate the impact on students' understanding of solubility, of introducing a simple particle model of matter. A teaching intervention to fit within the existing…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Intervention, Chemistry, Foreign Countries
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