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Logan, Marianne R.; Skamp, Keith R. – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
There is a crisis in school science in Australia and this may be related to insufficient students developing an interest in science. This extended study looked at changes in 14 students' interest in science as they moved through junior secondary school into Year 10. Although the majority of these students still had an interest in science in Year…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Influence, Science Instruction, Secondary School Students
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Velentzas, Athanasios; Halkia, Krystallia – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
The present study focuses on the way thought experiments (TEs) can be used as didactical tools in teaching physics to upper secondary-level students. A qualitative study was designed to investigate to what extent the TEs called "Einstein's elevator" and "Einstein's train" can function as tools in teaching basic concepts of the…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Teaching Methods
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Foong, Chan-Choong; Daniel, Esther G. S. – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
This paper argues the possible simultaneous development and transfer of students' argumentation skills from one socio-scientific issue to another in a Confucian classroom. In Malaysia, the Chinese vernacular schools follow a strict Confucian philosophy in the teaching and learning process. The teacher talks and the students listen. This case study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Persuasive Discourse, Transfer of Training, Secondary School Students
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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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Zeyer, Albert; Bolsterli, Katrin; Brovelli, Dorothee; Odermatt, Freia – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
Sex is considered to be one of the most significant factors influencing attitudes towards science. However, the so-called brain type approach from cognitive science suggests that the difference in motivation to learn science does not primarily differentiate the girls from the boys, but rather the so-called systemisers from the empathizers. The…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Self Efficacy, Brain, Cognitive Psychology
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Dimitriadi, Kyriaki; Halkia, Krystallia – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
A major topic that has marked "modern physics" is the theory of special relativity (TSR). The present work focuses on the possibility of teaching the basic ideas of the TSR to students at the upper secondary level in such a way that they are able to understand and learn the ideas. Its aim is to investigate students' learning processes towards the…
Descriptors: Physics, Learning Processes, Content Analysis, Scientific Concepts
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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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Chetcuti, Deborah A.; Kioko, Beriter – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
This study investigated girls' attitudes towards science in Kenya. It was carried out with 120 girls from four secondary schools in the Eastern province of Kenya. These were an urban single-sex (SS) and co-educational (Co-Ed) school and a rural SS and Co-Ed school. Different schools were chosen in order to explore whether there are any differences…
Descriptors: Females, Student Attitudes, Rural Areas, Foreign Countries
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Sun, Letao; Bradley, Kelly D.; Akers, Kathryn – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
This study utilized data from the 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment Hong Kong sample to investigate the factors that impact the science achievement of 15-year-old students. A multilevel model was used to examine the factors from both student and school perspectives. At the student level, the results indicated that male students,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Science Achievement, Self Efficacy, Secondary School Students
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Brandstadter, Kristina; Harms, Ute; Grossschedl, Jorg – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
System thinking is usually investigated by using questionnaires, video analysis, or interviews. Recently, concept-mapping (CM) was suggested as an adequate instrument for analysing students' system thinking. However, there are different ways with which to use this method. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine whether particular…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Validity, Test Construction, Video Technology
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Amos, Ruth; Reiss, Michael – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
There is considerable international interest in the value of residential fieldwork for school students. In the UK, pressures on curriculum time, rising costs and heightened concern over students' safety are curtailing residential experiences. Collaboration between several key fieldwork providers across the UK created an extensive programme of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Urban Schools, Disadvantaged Youth, Secondary School Students
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Lin, Huann-shyang; Hong, Zuway-R.; Huang, Tai-Chu – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
This study uses the database from an extensive international study on 15-year-old students (N = 8,815) to analyze the relationship between emotional factors and students' scientific literacy and explore the potential link between the emotions of the students and subsequent public engagement with science. The results revealed that students'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adolescents, Secondary School Students, Psychological Patterns
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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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Rincke, Karsten – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
Although a broad literature exists concerning the development of conceptual understanding of force and other topics within mechanics, little is known about the role and development of students' talk about the subject. The paper presents an in-depth investigation of students' talk whilst being introduced to the concept of force. The main research…
Descriptors: Physics, Mechanics (Physics), Second Language Learning, Comparative Analysis
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