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Crowther, Gregory J.; McFadden, Tom; Fleming, Jean S.; Davis, Katie – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
We assessed the impact of music videos with science-based lyrics on content knowledge and attitudes in a three-part experimental research study of over 1000 participants (mostly K-12 students). In Study A, 13 of 15 music videos were followed by statistically significant improvements on questions about material covered in the videos, while…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Improvement, Video Technology, Music
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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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Barrie, Simon C.; Bucat, Robert B.; Buntine, Mark A.; Burke da Silva, Karen; Crisp, Geoffrey T.; George, Adrian V.; Jamie, Ian M.; Kable, Scott H.; Lim, Kieran F.; Pyke, Simon M.; Read, Justin R.; Sharma, Manjula D.; Yeung, Alexandra – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Student experience surveys have become increasingly popular to probe various aspects of processes and outcomes in higher education, such as measuring student perceptions of the learning environment and identifying aspects that could be improved. This paper reports on a particular survey for evaluating individual experiments that has been developed…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes
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Perera, Liyanage Devangi H. – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
Although countries worldwide are emphasizing the importance of science education for technological development and global economic competition, comparative findings from standardized international student assessments reveal a huge gap in science scores between developed and developing countries. Certain developed economies too have made little…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Science Achievement, Educational Improvement, Achievement Gains
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Garthwaite, Kathryn; France, Bev; Ward, Gillian – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
Data were gathered from 95 Year 10 students in a New Zealand secondary school to explore how the indicators of scientific literacy are expressed in student responses. These students completed an activity based around the two contexts of lighting and health. A matrix, which incorporated descriptive indicators, was developed to analyse the student…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Scientific Literacy, Matrices
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Bryce, T. G. K.; Blown, E. J. – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
Children's understandings of the shape and relative sizes of the Earth, Sun and Moon have been extensively researched and in a variety of ways. Much is known about the confusions which arise as young people try to grasp ideas about the world and our neighbouring celestial bodies. Despite this, there remain uncertainties about the conceptual models…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Concepts, Astronomy, Earth Science
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Chen, Junjun; Cowie, Bronwen – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
This article reports on a classroom study of a unit on New Zealand birds that focused on adaptation and conservation in a Year 7 class. The unit used a "context as social circumstances" model. The researchers observed the nine lessons and interviewed students, the classroom teacher, and three other teachers who had taught the same unit.…
Descriptors: Ornithology, Grade 7, Biology, Conservation (Environment)
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France, Bev; Mora, Helen A.; Bay, Jacquie L. – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
This study explores how teachers developed and critically evaluated a range of teaching strategies that could support the discussion of a socio-scientific issue (SSI) that had the potential to be controversial. The issue was stem cell research and six New Zealand teachers of senior biology students (grades 12/13) took part in an action research…
Descriptors: Action Research, Teaching Methods, Biology, Decision Making
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Bryce, T. G. K.; Blown, E. J. – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
The nature of expertise in astronomy was investigated across a broad spectrum of ages and experience in China and New Zealand. Five hypotheses (capable of quantification and statistical analysis) were used to probe types of expertise identified by previous researchers: (a) domain-specific knowledge-skill in the use of scientific vocabulary and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Astronomy, Knowledge Level, Novices
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Sharp, John G.; Hopkin, Rebecca; Lewthwaite, Brian – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
This article presents and discusses outcomes arising from a recently completed National Primary Science Survey (England) intended, in part, to elicit how teachers and others perceive the effectiveness of colleagues and the schools in which they work to implement and deliver primary science within the National Curriculum. While the majority view…
Descriptors: Curriculum Implementation, National Curriculum, Strategic Planning, Educational Change
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Drechsel, Barbara; Carstensen, Claus; Prenzel, Manfred – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
This paper focuses "interest in science" as one of the attitudinal aspects of scientific literacy. Large-scale data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2006 are analysed in order to describe student interest more precisely. So far the analyses have provided a general indicator of interest, aggregated over all…
Descriptors: Science Interests, Interest Inventories, Science Tests, Cognitive Tests
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Haslam, Carolyn Yvonne; Hamilton, Richard Joseph – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
This study investigated the effects of integrated illustrations on understanding instructions for practical work in science. Ninety-six secondary school students who were unfamiliar with the target content knowledge and practical equipment took part. The students were divided into two conditions: (1) modified instructions containing integrated…
Descriptors: Scores, Conventional Instruction, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science
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Wong, Siu Ling; Hodson, Derek – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
This research study sought to identify prominent features of the nature of science (NOS) embedded in authentic scientific inquiry. Fourteen well-established scientists from different parts of the world, working in experimental or theoretical research, in both traditional fields such as astrophysics and rapidly growing research fields such as…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientists, Inquiry, Scientific Research
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Blown, Eric; Bryce, Tom G. K. – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
The astronomy concepts of 345 young people were studied over a 10-year period using a multi-media, multi-modal methodology in a research design where survey participants were interviewed three times and control subjects were interviewed twice. The purpose of the research was to search for evidence to clarify competing theories on "conceptual…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Concepts, Astronomy, Children
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France, Bev; Bay, Jacquie L. – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
It was proposed that an analysis of the questions students anticipate asking, and ask, could provide information about an enculturation encounter between Year 13 biology students and scientists working in a biomedical-clinical research unit. As part of a day-long intervention at this research institute, small groups of students (10-15) met with…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Intervention, Scientific Principles, Biology
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