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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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Herbert, Susan – International Journal of Science Education, 2008
The purpose of this study was to investigate the nature of students' responses to a cross-cultural science unit entitled "Maintaining health." The unit was designed to help students to build bridges between their traditional practices and beliefs and western science concepts. This paper reports students' responses to a pre-test and…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Feedback (Response), Student Attitudes, Science Instruction
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Saez, Maria J.; Nino, Angela Gomez; Carretero, Antonio – International Journal of Science Education, 2008
The rapid growth of biotechnology knowledge during the past decades has made it necessary to rethink the contents of the school curriculum and has provoked a consideration of the ethical and social issues related to the use of biotechnological applications. With the financial assistance of the European Union, the European Initiative for…
Descriptors: Biotechnology, Student Attitudes, Social Values, Science Curriculum
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Keiler, Leslie S. – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
The study explored the origins of students' data handling knowledge and skills employed during secondary Science lessons. Transfer of learning was explored in an authentic school context, describing when transfer does and does not occur, conditions that appear to foster transfer, and impacts of different types of transfer on teaching and learning.…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Secondary School Students, Science Instruction, Transfer of Training
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Magntorn, Ola; Hellden, Gustav – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
This paper is based on a study of how students' read nature in different ecosystems. Its focus is on ecology and the context is outdoors. This literacy has to do with an ability to recognise organisms and relate them to material cycling and energy flow in the specific habitat that is to be read. A teaching sequence was designed in order to develop…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learning Activities, Spatial Ability, Ecology
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Akkus, Recai; Gunel, Murat; Hand, Brian – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
Many state and federal governments have mandated in such documents as the National Science Education Standards that inquiry strategies should be the focus of the teaching of science within school classrooms. The difficult part for success is changing teacher practices from perceived traditional ways of teaching to more inquiry-based approaches.…
Descriptors: Test Results, Science Achievement, Heuristics, Scores
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Venturini, Patrice – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
The issue of students' engagement in learning physics has generally been analysed in science education research using attitudes towards science, or motivation to learn science. However, the corresponding studies have their limitations. Therefore, the object of this paper is to present and to analyse an alternative to these theoretical approaches;…
Descriptors: Physics, Learning Motivation, Science Education, Educational Research
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Reis, Pedro; Galvao, Cecilia – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
In this article the authors resort to a qualitative analysis of the plot of science fiction stories about a group of scientists, written by two 11th-grade Earth and Life Science students (aged 17), and to semi-structured interviews, with the double purpose of diagnosing their conceptions of the nature of science (namely, as regards scientists'…
Descriptors: Scientists, Secondary School Students, Epistemology, Science Fiction
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Dhindsa, Harkirat S.; Omar, Khalid; Waldrip, Bruce – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
The aims of this study were to evaluate reliability and validity of the Students' Perception of Assessment Questionnaire (SPAQ), to evaluate students' perception on assessment, and to evaluate gender-based, grade-based, and ethnicity-based differences in students' perceptions. The validity and reliability coefficients revealed that the SPAQ was…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Ethnic Groups, Validity, Student Attitudes
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Hamilton-Ekeke, Joy-Telu – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
The study was a pre-test treatment post-test control design. Three educational districts from the Niger Delta region of Nigeria were treated as clusters. Twenty boys and 20 girls were randomly selected, making up a total of 40 students, in each of Group A, Group B, and Group C. Students in Group A were taught ecology by taking them to the school…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Achievement Tests, Ecology, Foreign Countries
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Klop, Tanja; Severiens, Sabine – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
Modern biotechnology will have a large impact on society and requires informed decision-making and critical attitudes toward biotechnology among the public. This study aims to explore these attitudes in secondary education. For this purpose, a questionnaire was constructed according to the general tripartite theory of attitudes. A total of 574…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Attitude Measures, Questionnaires, Factor Analysis
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Kind, Per; Jones, Karen; Barmby, Partick – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
In this study, we describe the development of measures used to examine pupils' attitudes towards science. In particular, separate measures for attitudes towards the following areas were developed: learning science in school, practical work in science, science outside of school, importance of science, self-concept in science, and future…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Attitude Measures, Factor Analysis
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Ibanez-Orcajo, M. Teresa; Martinez-Aznar, M. Mercedes – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
Numerous investigations show that most school science teaching, in Spain and elsewhere, implicitly transmits an inductivist and very stereotyped view of science and conveys an unrealistic image of scientific work. We present some results of an investigation with fourth-level Spanish secondary education students (15 year olds) who were taught…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Principles, Investigations, Experimental Groups
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Tam, Hak Ping; Li, Lung-An – International Journal of Science Education, 2007
The National Science Concept Learning Study represented one of the largest and the most extensive surveys of its kind undertaken in Taiwan in recent years. A total of 36,093 students from the sixth, eighth, ninth, and eleventh grades participated in the main study. This paper provides the background information about the sampling and booklet…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Surveys, Scientific Concepts, Science Education
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Pata, Kai; Sarapuu, Tago – International Journal of Science Education, 2006
This study investigated the possible activation of different types of model-based reasoning processes in two learning settings, and the influence of various terms of reasoning on the learners' problem representation development. Changes in 53 students' problem representations about genetic issue were analysed while they worked with different…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Genetics, Charts, Influences
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