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Akkus, Recai; Hand, Brian – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
This study examines the changes in teaching practices during the implementation of a pedagogical model called the mathematics reasoning approach (MRA), which was founded on 2 critical areas in mathematics, problem solving, and writing to learn. Three algebra teachers implemented the approach with their classes, which were divided into control…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Development, Interaction
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Wilhelm, Jennifer Anne; Smith, Walter S.; Walters, Kendra L.; Sherrod, Sonya E.; Mulholland, Judith – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2008
Pre-service teachers from Texas and Indiana in the United States and from Queensland, Australia, observed the Moon for a semester and compared and contrasted their findings in asynchronous Internet discussion groups. The 188 pre-service teachers were required to conduct inquiry investigations for their methods coursework which included an initial…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Discussion Groups, Internet
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Chiu, Mei-Shiu – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2009
This study investigated the approaches to teaching by three fifth-grade teachers' of creative and non-creative mathematical problems for fractions. The teachers' personal constructs of the two kinds of problems were elicited by interviews through the use of the repertory grid technique. All the teaching was observed and video-recorded. Results…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Mathematics
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Escudero, Isabel; Sanchez, Victoria – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2008
In this paper we try to characterize the pedagogical approaches that mathematics teachers are developing to meet the challenges posed by education reforms. A key aspect is the identification of the perspectives that underlie those pedagogical approaches, using the term perspective to include a broad pedagogical structure composed of multiple…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction
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Githua, Bernard N.; Nyabwa, Rachel Angela – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2008
Students have continued to perform poorly in KCSE examinations in certain mathematics topics taught in secondary schools in Kenya. One such topic is commercial arithmetic. Successful teaching of mathematics depends partly on correct use of teaching methods in classroom settings. This study sought to examine how the use of advance organisers during…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Secondary School Students, Mathematics Achievement
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Pierce, Robyn; Ball, Lynda; Stacey, Kaye – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2009
The use of Computer Algebra Systems (CAS) in years 9 and 10 classrooms as a tool to support learning or in preparation for senior secondary mathematics is controversial. This paper presents an analysis of the positive and negative aspects of using CAS identified in the literature related to these year levels, along with the perceptions of 12…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Algebra, Secondary Schools, Mathematics Instruction
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Marshall, Jeff C.; Horton, Robert; Igo, Brent L.; Switzer, Deborah M. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2009
A survey instrument was developed and administered to 1,222 K-12 mathematics and science teachers to measure their beliefs about and use of inquiry in the classroom. Four variables (grade level taught, content area taught, level of support received, and self-efficacy for teaching inquiry) were significantly correlated to two dependent variables,…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Time Factors (Learning), Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers
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Cheung, Derek; Ma, Hong-jia; Yang, Jie – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2009
The importance of research on misconceptions about chemical equilibrium is well recognized by educators, but in the past, researchers' interest has centered on student misconceptions and has neglected teacher misconceptions. Focusing on the effects of adding more reactants or products on chemical equilibrium, this article discusses the various…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Chemistry, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers
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Ogan-Bekiroglu, Feral; Akkoc, Hatice – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2009
The purposes of this study were to determine preservice physics teachers' instructional beliefs and to investigate the relationship between their beliefs and practices. The theoretical framework was based on the combination Haney & McArthur's ("Science Education," 86(6):783-802, 2002) research and Ford's (1992) motivation systems theory. A…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Preservice Teachers, Systems Approach, Beginning Teachers
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Hong, Miyoung; Kang, Nam-Hwa – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
This study examined science teachers' conceptions of creativity in science education, pedagogical ideas, and contextual factors perceived as constraints on teaching for creativity and any differences in the conceptions of teachers from South Korea and the United States. Participants in the study consisted of 44 South Korean and 21 US secondary…
Descriptors: Creativity, Class Size, High Stakes Tests, Foreign Countries
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Narjaikaew, Pattawan; Emarat, Narumon; Arayathanitkul, Kwan; Cowie, Bronwen – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
The study investigated the impact on student motivation and understanding of magnetism of teaching sequences based on an inductive approach. The study was conducted in large lecture classes. A pre- and post-Conceptual Survey of Electricity and Magnetism was conducted with just fewer than 700 Thai undergraduate science students, before and after…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Motivation, Magnets, Science Instruction
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Everett, Susan A.; Otto, Charlotte A.; Luera, Gail R. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2009
We used four different methods to determine the best means of assessing over 200 preservice elementary teachers' growth in knowledge of models and their use in K-8 classrooms while participating in the Science Capstone course that focused on the unifying themes of models in science. Each assessment method probed a different aspect of models (from…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Preservice Teachers, Student Evaluation, Prior Learning
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Chin, Chi-Chin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2004
In this study, the researcher included an extensive science museum experience for the pre-service secondary science teachers within a "teaching methods course" to enhance their learning to teach science. The extensive museum experience covered four aspects: the visit, discussion with museum educators, the development of lesson plans, and…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Teacher Education Curriculum, Museums, Diaries
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Schur, Yaron; Galili, Igal – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2009
Thinking Journey is introduced as a mode of science instruction based on a specially designed discussion between students and teachers in the context of an imaginary journey. The paper elaborates the rationale of this mode and its specific features: enculturation into science, analytical observation, multiple perspectives of the subject and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Science Education, Imagination
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Lofgren, Lena; Hellden, Gustav – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2008
In order to develop successful teaching approaches to transformations of matter, we need to know more about how young students develop an understanding of these processes. In this longitudinal study, we followed 25 students from 7 to 13 years of age in their reasoning about transformations of matter. The questions addressed included how the…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Teaching Methods, Longitudinal Studies, Learning Processes
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