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Plummer, Julia D.; Palma, Christopher; Flarend, Alice; Rubin, KeriAnn; Ong, Yann Shiou; Botzer, Brandon; McDonald, Scott; Furman, Tanya – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
This study describes the process of defining a hypothetical learning progression (LP) for astronomy around the big idea of "Solar System formation." At the most sophisticated level, students can explain how the formation process led to the current Solar System by considering how the planets formed from the collapse of a rotating cloud of…
Descriptors: Science Education, Astronomy, Student Attitudes, Interviews
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Liefländer, Anne K.; Bogner, Franz X.; Kibbe, Alexandra; Kaiser, Florian G. – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
One aim of environmental education is fostering sustainable environmental action. Some environmental behaviour models suggest that this can be accomplished in part by improving people's knowledge. Recent studies have identified a distinct, psychometrically supported environmental knowledge structure consisting of system, action-related and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Environmental Education, Program Effectiveness, Conservation (Environment)
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Delgado, Cesar – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
Following a sociocultural perspective, this study investigates how students who have grown up using the SI (Systeme International d'Unites) (metric) or US customary (USC) systems of units for everyday use differ in their knowledge of scale and measurement. Student groups were similar in terms of socioeconomic status, curriculum, native language…
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Measurement, Metric System, Regression (Statistics)
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Riess, Werner; Mischo, Christoph – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
This study's goal was to analyze various teaching approaches within the context of natural science lessons, especially in biology. The main focus of the paper lies on the effectiveness of different teaching methods in promoting systems thinking in the field of Education for Sustainable Development. The following methods were incorporated into the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Biology, Science Instruction
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Evagorou, Maria; Korfiatis, Kostas; Nicolaou, Christiana; Constantinou, Costas – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of a simulation-based learning environment on elementary school students' (11-12 years old) development of system thinking skills. The learning environment included interactive simulations using the Stagecast Creator software to simulate the ecosystem of a marsh. Simulations are an important…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Ecology
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Barton, Angela Calabrese; Koch, Pamela D.; Contento, Isobel R.; Hagiwara, Sumi – International Journal of Science Education, 2005
The purpose of this paper is to report our findings from a qualitative study intended to develop our understandings of: what high-poverty urban children understand and believe about food and food systems; and how such children transform and use that knowledge in their everyday lives (i.e. how do they express their scientific literacies including…
Descriptors: Urban Youth, Relevance (Education), Knowledge Level, Scientific Literacy