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Breuer, Gabriele B.; Schlegel, Jürg; Kauf, Peter; Rupf, Reto – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Children have served as research subjects in several surveys on attitudes to insects and invertebrates. Most of the studies have used quantitative scoring methods to draw conclusions. This paper takes a different approach as it analyzes children's free-text comments to gain an understanding of their viewpoints. A total of 246 children aged 9-13…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Questionnaires, Foreign Countries, Entomology
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Lin, Huann-shyang; Hong, Zuway-R; Cheng, Ying-Yao – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
This quasi-experimental study investigates how the classroom learning environment changed after inquiry-based activities were introduced and student questioning was encouraged. Three science teachers and three classes of fifth graders (n = 92) participated in this study. The analysis of covariance reveals that although the experimental group…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Statistical Analysis, Science Teachers, Grade 5
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Annetta, Leonard; Mangrum, Jennifer; Holmes, Shawn; Collazo, Kimberly; Cheng, Meng-Tzu – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine students' learning of simple machines, a fifth-grade (ages 10-11) forces and motion unit, and student engagement using a teacher-created Multiplayer Educational Gaming Application. This mixed-method study collected pre-test/post-test results to determine student knowledge about simple machines. A survey…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Video Games, Educational Games, Learning Processes