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Struyf, Annemie; De Loof, Haydée; Boeve-de Pauw, Jelle; Van Petegem, Peter – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
In this paper, we explore how students' engagement varies in different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning environments. More specifically, we focus on the significance of a learning environment applying an integrated STEM (iSTEM) approach and the significance of STEM learning environments' student-centredness. Moreover,…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, STEM Education, Educational Environment, Educational Practices
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Struyf, Annemie; Boeve-de Pauw, Jelle; Van Petegem, Peter – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
A key theme in science education research concerns the decline in young peoples' interest in science and the need for professionals in hard science. Goal Congruity Theory posits that an important aspect of the decision whether to pursue hard science for study or as a career is the perception that hard science careers do not fulfil social (working…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 12, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes
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De Bruyckere, Pedro; Kirschner, Paul A. – Cogent Education, 2016
Authenticity is seen by many as a key for good learning and education. There is talk of authentic instruction, authentic learning, authentic problems, authentic assessment, authentic tools and authentic teachers. The problem is that while authenticity is an often-used adjective describing almost all aspects of teaching and learning, the concept…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Evaluation Criteria, Secondary School Students