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Walan, Susanne; Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang – Teaching Science, 2015
Research has indicated that both context- and inquiry-based approaches could increase student interest in learning sciences. This case study aims to present a context- and inquiry-based combined teaching approach, using a three-step teaching model developed by the PROFILES project, and investigates Swedish students' responses to the activity. A…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Models, Case Studies
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Christenson, Nina; Gericke, Niklas; Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
Researchers and policy-makers have recognized the importance of including and promoting socioscientific argumentation in science education worldwide. The Swedish curriculum focuses more than ever on socioscientific issues (SSI) as well. However, teaching socioscientific argumentation is not an easy task for science teachers and one of the more…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Students
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Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang – Teaching Science, 2011
Various socioscientific issues (SSIs) are emerging in today's science--and technology--dominant society, e.g. genetically modified organisms and global warming. To achieve the goal of scientific literacy, more and more science educators have devoted their attention to enhancing students' understanding of the multidimensional aspects of SSIs as…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Climate, Teaching Methods, Discourse Analysis
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Walan, Susanne; Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang – Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 2014
In recent years, the curricula reforms at the levels of preschool and primary school in Sweden have caused new demands on the teachers. In particular, numerous teachers lack the educational training in science subjects. Therefore, this study aims to investigate teachers' self-efficacy and needs in relation to science teaching. A total of 71…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Likert Scales
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Rundgren, Carl-Johan; Eriksson, Martin; Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang – Science & Education, 2016
This study aims to explore students' argumentation and decision-making relating to an authentic socioscientific issue (SSI)--the problem of environmental toxins in fish from the Baltic Sea. A multi-disciplinary instructional module, designed in order to develop students' skills to argue about complex SSI, was successfully tested. Seven science…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Secondary School Students
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Lunde, Torodd; Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang; Drechsler, Michal – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
This study aimed to explore lower secondary teachers' negotiation of the meaning of laboratory work in a professional development program. A total of 15 in-service teachers participated in the program. In the program, tensions between key ideas concerning traditional way of addressing laboratory work -- with emphasis on subject content and skills…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Laboratories, Faculty Development, Professional Continuing Education
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Christenson, Nina; Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang; Zeidler, Dana L. – Research in Science Education, 2014
In the present STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)-driven society, socioscientific issues (SSI) have become a focus globally and SSI research has grown into an important area of study in science education. Since students attending the social and science programs have a different focus in their studies and research has shown…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, STEM Education, Social Sciences, Majors (Students)
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Bergqvist, Anna; Drechsler, Michal; De Jong, Onno; Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2013
Models play an important and central role in science as well as in science education. Chemical bonding is one of the most important topics in upper secondary school chemistry, and this topic is dominated by the use of models. In the past decade, research has shown that chemical bonding is a topic that students find difficult, and therefore, a wide…
Descriptors: Textbook Content, Textbook Research, Content Analysis, Molecular Structure
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Rundgren, Carl-Johan; Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang; Schonborn, Konrad J. – Journal of Biological Education, 2010
Understanding diffusion of water into and out of the cell through osmosis is fundamental to the learning and teaching of biology. Although this process is thought of as occurring directly across the lipid bilayer, the majority of water transport is actually mediated by specialised transmembrane water-channels called aquaporins. This study…
Descriptors: Biology, Scientific Concepts, Foreign Countries, Data Analysis
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Tseng, Yuen-Hsien; Chang, Chun-Yen; Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang; Rundgren, Carl-Johan – Computers & Education, 2010
Motivated by a long-term goal in education for measuring Taiwanese civic scientific literacy in media (SLiM), this work reports the detailed techniques to efficiently mine a concept map from 2 years of Chinese news articles (901,446 in total) for SLiM instrument development. From the Chinese news stories, key terms (important words or phrases),…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Scientific Literacy, Test Construction, Measurement