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Tobin, Kenneth – School Science and Mathematics, 1990
Reviews research on the purpose and effectiveness of laboratory activities. Discusses epistemology, problem solving, cooperative learning, student involvement, assessment, and teachers as researchers. (YP)
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Laboratory Experiments, Laboratory Procedures
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Lorsbach, Anthony; Tobin, Kenneth – Research in Science Education, 1995
Learning environment research should take into account postpositivist ways of thinking to assist students and teachers to construct a more emancipatory learning environment. A critical perspective could lead to research playing a larger role in the transformation of science classroom learning environments. Presented a case study of a middle school…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Critical Theory, Educational Environment, Interviews
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Tobin, Kenneth; Fraser, Barry J. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 1990
Described are the rationale, methodology, and findings of seven case studies designed to investigate the teaching and learning strategies employed in science classes by exemplary teachers. Findings focused on management strategies, student understanding, student participation, and classroom environment. (CW)
Descriptors: Demonstration Programs, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education
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Tobin, Kenneth; And Others – Science Education, 1990
Described is how an elementary teacher established an environment conducive to learning in her classroom by implementing her own integrated science and mathematics curriculum. The implications for change on the county and state levels are discussed. (KR)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education
Tobin, Kenneth – 1989
Widespread use of interpretive research in studies of teaching and learning has highlighted a number of crucial ethical and legal issues. Although these issues have always been a concern for researchers, use of small samples and detailed analyses of teaching and learning have brought previously hidden aspects of teaching and learning into the…
Descriptors: Confidentiality, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethics
Fraser, Barry J.; Tobin, Kenneth – 1988
This paper provides a focus on the successful and positive facets of schooling from a series of case studies. The study involved 13 researchers in over 500 hours of intensive classroom observation of 20 exemplary teachers and a comparison group of non-exemplary teachers. The qualitative information was complemented by quantitative information…
Descriptors: Classroom Design, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Elementary School Mathematics
Gallagher, James J.; Tobin, Kenneth – 1985
Activities and interactions of teachers and students from high school science classes of Western Australia were investigated. Fifteen teachers from two co-educational high schools (private and public) serving medium socio-economic level families in the metropolitan area of Perth participated in the study. The specific foci were: (1) the…
Descriptors: High Schools, Learning Activities, Learning Strategies, Rewards
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Tobin, Kenneth – Science Education, 1986
Reports on a study to extend the concurrent and predictive validity of the Teacher Performance Assessment Instrument by including a sample of middle school science teachers. The validity criteria for the study involved observing student engagement and integrated process skill achievement. (TW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Observation Techniques, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science