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Oon, Pey Tee; Subramaniam, R. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
We report here on a comparative study of middle school students' attitudes towards science involving three countries: England, Singapore and the U.S.A. Complete attitudinal data sets from TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) 2011 were used, thus giving a very large sample size (N = 20,246), compared to other studies in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Middle School Students, Student Attitudes
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Oon, Pey-Tee; Fan, Xitao – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
Students' attitude towards science (SAS) is often a subject of investigation in science education research. Survey of rating scale is commonly used in the study of SAS. The present study illustrates how Rasch analysis can be used to provide psychometric information of SAS rating scales. The analyses were conducted on a 20-item SAS scale used in an…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Psychometrics, Attitude Measures, Rating Scales
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Wang, Cheng-Lung; Liou, Pey-Yan – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
Taiwanese students are featured as having high academic achievement but low motivational beliefs according to the serial results of the Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Moreover, given that the role of context has become more important in the development of academic motivation theory, this study aimed to examine the relationship…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Science Education, Science Achievement, Foreign Countries
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Pongsophon, Pongprapan; Herman, Benjamin C. – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
Given the abundance of literature describing the strong relationship between inquiry-based teaching and student achievement, more should be known about the factors impacting science teachers' classroom inquiry implementation. This study utilises the theory of planned behaviour to propose and validate a causal model of inquiry-based teaching…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Academic Achievement, Correlation, Achievement Tests
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Sheldrake, Richard – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Understanding students' intentions to study science at upper-secondary school, at university, and to follow science careers continues as a central concern for international science education. Prior research has highlighted that students' science confidence has been associated with their intentions to study science further, although…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science
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Fung, Dennis; Lui, Wai-mei – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
This paper, through discussion of a teaching intervention at two secondary schools in Hong Kong, demonstrates the learning advancement brought about by group work and dissects the facilitating role of teachers in collaborative discussions. One-hundred and fifty-two Secondary Two (Grade 8) students were divided into three pedagogical groups, namely…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Science Instruction, Science Education, Group Activities
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Nawani, Jigna; Rixius, Julia; Neuhaus, Birgit J. – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Empirical analysis of secondary biology classrooms revealed that, on average, 68% of teaching time in Germany revolved around processing tasks. Quality of instruction can thus be assessed by analyzing the quality of tasks used in classroom discourse. This quasi-experimental study analyzed how teachers used tasks in 38 videotaped biology lessons…
Descriptors: Biology, Video Technology, Concept Mapping, Foreign Countries
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Liu, Ou Lydia; Ryoo, Kihyun; Linn, Marcia C.; Sato, Elissa; Svihla, Vanessa – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Although researchers call for inquiry learning in science, science assessments rarely capture the impact of inquiry instruction. This paper reports on the development and validation of assessments designed to measure middle-school students' progress in gaining integrated understanding of energy while studying an inquiry-oriented curriculum. The…
Descriptors: Energy, Science Education, Psychometrics, Case Studies
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Tsai, Liang-Ting; Yang, Chih-Chien – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
This study was conducted to understand the effect of student-, classroom-, and school-level factors on the science performance of 8th-grade Taiwanese students in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011 by using multilevel analysis. A total of 5,042 students from 153 classrooms of 150 schools participated in the TIMSS…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Achievement, Questionnaires, Grade 8
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Forbes, Cory; Lange, Kim; Möller, Kornelia; Biggers, Mandy; Laux, Mira; Zangori, Laura – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
To help explain the differences in students' performance on internationally administered science assessments, cross-national, video-based observational studies have been advocated, but none have yet been conducted at the elementary level for science. The USA and Germany are two countries with large formal education systems whose students…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Video Technology, Elementary School Science
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Liou, Pey-Yan – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between student self-concept and achievement in science in Taiwan based on the big-fish-little-pond effect (BFLPE) model using the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2003 and 2007 databases. Hierarchical linear modeling was used to examine the effects of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Achievement, Self Concept, Grade 8
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Lin, Tzung-Jin; Tan, Aik Ling; Tsai, Chin-Chung – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
Due to the scarcity of cross-cultural comparative studies in exploring students' self-efficacy in science learning, this study attempted to develop a multi-dimensional science learning self-efficacy (SLSE) instrument to measure 316 Singaporean and 303 Taiwanese eighth graders' SLSE and further to examine the differences between the two student…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Self Efficacy, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences
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Tao, Ying; Oliver, Mary Colette; Venville, Grady Jane – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
Children have formal science instruction from kindergarten in Australia and from Year 3 in China. The purpose of this research was to explore the impact that different approaches to primary science curricula in China and Australia have on children's conceptual understanding of science. Participants were Year 3 children from three schools of high,…
Descriptors: Tests, Biological Sciences, Foreign Countries, Earth Science
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Chen, Shin-Feng; Lin, Chien-Yu; Wang, Jing-Ru; Lin, Sheau-Wen; Kao, Huey-Lien – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
This study aimed to examine whether the relationships among family resources, school climate, learning participation, science attitude, and science achievement are different between primary school students and junior high school students within one educational system. The subjects included 4,181 Grade 4 students and 5,074 Grade 8 students who…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Science Achievement, School Activities, Context Effect
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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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