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Palmer, Tracey-Ann; Burke, Paul F.; Aubusson, Peter – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
Student study of science at school has been linked to the need to provide a scientifically capable workforce and a scientifically literate society. Educators, scientists, and policymakers are concerned that too few students are choosing science for study in their final years of school. How and why students choose and reject certain subjects,…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Secondary School Students, Course Selection (Students)
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Mbajiorgu, Ngozika; Anidu, Innocent – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
Senior secondary school students (N = 360), 14- to 18-year-olds, from the Igbo culture of eastern Nigeria responded to a questionnaire requiring them to give causal explanations of biologically adaptive changes in humans, other animals and plants. A student subsample (n = 36) was, subsequently, selected for in-depth interviews. Significant…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Human Body, Secondary School Students, Questionnaires
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López, Víctor; Pintó, Roser – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
Computer simulations are often considered effective educational tools, since their visual and communicative power enable students to better understand physical systems and phenomena. However, previous studies have found that when students read visual representations some reading difficulties can arise, especially when these are complex or dynamic…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Physics, Computer Simulation
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Bellocchi, Alberto; King, Donna T.; Ritchie, Stephen M. – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
There is on-going international interest in the relationships between assessment instruments, students' understanding of science concepts and context-based curriculum approaches. This study extends earlier research showing that students can develop connections between contexts and concepts--called "fluid transitions"--when studying…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Student Reaction, Chemistry, Science Education
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Arya, Diana; Maul, Andrew – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
The United Nations' declaration on climate change education in December 2014 has sparked a renewal of policies and programs initiated during the "Decade of Education for Sustainable Development" (DESD, 2005-2014), aimed at promoting awareness, understanding, and civic action for environmental sustainability within learning communities…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Climate, Change, Secondary School Students
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Lykkegaard, Eva; Ulriksen, Lars – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
During the past 30 years, Eccles' comprehensive social-psychological Expectancy-Value Model of Motivated Behavioural Choices (EV-MBC model) has been proven suitable for studying educational choices related to Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM). The reflections of 15 students in their last year in upper-secondary school…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, STEM Education, Foreign Countries, Reflection
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Heng, Lee Ling; Surif, Johari; Seng, Cher Hau – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
The practices of argumentation have recently been upheld as an important need to develop students' understanding of scientific concepts. However, the present education system in Malaysia is still largely examination-based and teacher-oriented. Thus, this study aims to examine the mastery level of scientific argumentation and its scheme among…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Science Process Skills, Persuasive Discourse
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Abd-El-Khalick, Fouad; Summers, Ryan; Said, Ziad; Wang, Shuai; Culbertson, Michael – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
This study is part of a large-scale project focused on "Qatari students' Interest in, and Attitudes toward, Science" (QIAS). QIAS aimed to gauge Qatari student attitudes toward science in grades 3-12, examine factors that impact these attitudes, and assess the relationship between student attitudes and prevailing modes of science…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Test Construction, Test Validity, Semitic Languages
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Rutten, Nico; van der Veen, Jan T.; van Joolingen, Wouter R. – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
In this study we investigated the pedagogical context of whole-class teaching with computer simulations. We examined relations between the attitudes and learning goals of teachers and their students regarding the use of simulations in whole-class teaching, and how teachers implement these simulations in their teaching practices. We observed…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Computer Simulation, Statistical Analysis, Teaching Methods
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Holmegaard, Henriette Tolstrup – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Students' science choices have long attracted attention in both public and research. Recently there has been a call for qualitative studies to explore how choices create a sense of fit for individual students. Therefore, this paper aims to study how science students' choices of higher education are performed and to uncover the patterns of…
Descriptors: Science Education, Qualitative Research, STEM Education, Decision Making
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Niebert, Kai; Gropengießer, Harald – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
Over the last 20 years, science education studies have reported that there are very different understandings among students of science regarding the key aspects of climate change. We used the cognitive linguistic framework of experientialism to shed new light on this valuable pool of studies to identify the conceptual resources of understanding…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Scientists, Climate
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Reinfried, Sibylle; Tempelmann, Sebastian – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
This paper provides a video-based learning process study that investigates the kinds of mental models of the atmospheric greenhouse effect 13-year-old learners have and how these mental models change with a learning environment, which is optimised in regard to instructional psychology. The objective of this explorative study was to observe and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Climate, Scientific Concepts
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Sun, Daner; Wang, Zu Hao; Xie, Wen Ting; Boon, Chirn Chye – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
The last two decades have witnessed the gradual implementation of integrated science curriculum at the junior secondary level in China. However, in most provinces of China, the implementation is not as successful as expected. Challenges were reported, yet without fine-grained investigation, with respect to science teachers' instruction on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Integrated Curriculum, Program Implementation
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Hanley, Pam; Bennett, Judith; Ratcliffe, Mary – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
This study explores whether the religious background of students affects their opinions about and attitudes to engaging with scientific explanations of the origins of the universe and of life. The study took place in four English secondary schools representing three different contexts (Christian faith-based; non-faith with majority Muslim…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Religion, Religious Factors, Beliefs
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DeWitt, Jennifer; Archer, Louise; Osborne, Jonathan – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
Students' engagement with science and the numbers pursuing further study of science continue to be a concern among policy-makers, particularly in Western countries. Previous research reflects that most children have positive attitudes to science at age 10 but that, by age 14, attitudes towards and interest in further pursuit of science have…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Surveys, Scientific Attitudes, Science Careers
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