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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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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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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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Mellado, Vicente; Bermejo, Maria Luisa; Blanco, Lorenzo J.; Ruiz, Constantino – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2008
We describe research carried out with a prospective secondary biology teacher, whom we shall call Miguel. The teacher's conceptions of the nature of science and of learning and teaching science were analyzed and compared with his classroom practice when teaching science lessons. The data gathering procedures were interviews analyzed by means of…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Student Behavior, Scientific Principles, Biology
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Kipnis, Mira; Hofstein, Avi – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2008
The study described in this article is based on a long-term comprehensive series of investigations that were conducted in the context of teaching high school chemistry in the laboratory using inquiry-type experiments. The students that study chemistry according to this program are involved in an inquiry process that included all the inquiry skills…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Laboratories, Metacognition, Science Instruction
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Feng, Sung-Lin; Tuan, Hsiao-Lin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2005
The purposes of this study are: to apply the ARCS model in designing an acid and bases unit, and to assess a single class of 11th graders for motivation and achievement outcomes before and after ARCS instruction. Four essential strategies for designing motivation instruction in the ARCS model were: Attention, Relevance, Confidence, and…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Chemistry, Grade 11, Science Instruction