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Tang, Xiaowei; Coffey, Janet E.; Elby, Andy; Levin, Daniel M. – Science Education, 2010
Typically, the scientific method in science classrooms takes the form of discrete, ordered steps meant to guide students' inquiry. In this paper, we examine how focusing on the scientific method as discrete steps affects students' inquiry and teachers' perceptions thereof. To do so, we study a ninth-grade environmental science class in which…
Descriptors: Scientific Methodology, Discourse Analysis, Inquiry, Learner Engagement
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Mierdel, Julia; Bogner, Franz X. – Education Sciences, 2019
As effective methods to foster students' understanding of scientific models in science education are needed, increased reflection on thinking about models is regarded as a relevant competence associated with scientific literacy. Our study focuses on the influence of model-based approaches (modeling vs. model viewing) in an out-of-school laboratory…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Genetics, Models, Scientific Concepts
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Xuan, Xiaowei; Jin, Qingna; Jo, Injeong; Duan, Yushan; Kim, Mijung – Journal of Geography, 2019
Few studies, if any, have systematically investigated the connection or relationship between geography curriculum and scientific literacy. With this realization, in this article, we examined the potential contribution of geography curriculum to developing students' scientific literacy, with China's middle-school geography curriculum as an example.…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Foreign Countries
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Ramnarain, Umesh Dewnarain; Chanetsa, Tarisai – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
This article reports on an analysis and comparison of three South African Grade 9 (13-14 years) Natural Sciences textbooks for the representation of nature of science (NOS). The analysis was framed by an analytical tool developed and validated by Abd-El-Khalick and a team of researchers in a large-scale study on the high school textbooks in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 9, Natural Sciences, Textbooks
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Schroeder, Meadow; McKeough, Anne; Graham, Susan A.; Norris, Stephen P. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Uncertainty is a crucial element of scientific knowledge growth. Students should have some understanding of how science knowledge is developed and why scientific conclusions are considered more or less certain than others. A component of the nature of science, it is considered an important aspect of science education and allows…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Scientific Principles, Grade 5, Grade 9
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Spiegel, Amy N.; McQuillan, Julia; Halpin, Peter; Matuk, Camillia; Diamond, Judy – Research in Science Education, 2013
Despite many years of efforts to communicate new scientific knowledge to the public, surveys continue to suggest that many people remain uninformed about current scientific research (Miller, 2001; Miller, 2004) and fail to recognize how it can be relevant to their lives. There is continued need for investigation on improving methods for engaging…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 9, Grade 10, Secondary School Science
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Chua, Jia Xun; Tan, Aik-Ling; Ramnarain, Umesh – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Nature of Science (NOS) is defined to be the epistemology of science, and comprised of distinctive defining aspects. The representation of these NOS aspects in school science textbooks is likely to affect how students understand NOS. Representation of NOS aspects can differ between topics even within the same textbook and these topical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Principles, Textbooks, Biology
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Gray, Kathryn L.; Fouad, Khadija E. – Science & Education, 2019
This study examines the use of an explicit, reflective method for teaching the difference and relationship between scientific theories and laws to ninth-grade students. Students reflected individually and then as a whole class on theories and laws using a Venn diagram, both before and after reading short articles describing features of theories…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Visual Aids
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King, Donna; Ginns, Ian – Teaching Science, 2015
Engaging middle school students in science continues to be a challenge in Australian schools. One initiative that has been tried in the senior years but is a more recent development in the middle years is the context-based approach. In this ethnographic study, we researched the teaching and learning transactions that occurred in one ninth grade…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Learner Engagement, Ethnography, Grade 9
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Kerger, Sylvie; Martin, Romain; Brunner, Martin – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2011
Background: Girls are considerably less interested in scientific subjects than boys. One reason may be that scientific subjects are considered to be genuinely masculine. Thus, being interested in science may threaten the self-perception of girls as well as the femininity of their self-image. Aims: If scientific topics that are considered to be…
Descriptors: Females, Science Interests, Scientific Concepts, Information Technology
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Hitt, Fernando; González-Martín, Alejandro S. – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2015
Semiotic representations have been an important topic of study in mathematics education. Previous research implicitly placed more importance on the development of institutional representations of mathematical concepts in students rather than other types of representations. In the context of an extensive research project, in progress since 2005,…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Debate, Reflection, Cooperative Learning
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Aldossari, Ali Tarad; Al Khaldi, Jamal Khalil; Altarawneh, Mohammad Hasan – Journal of Education and Practice, 2016
This study aims to identify the current situation of science books in Jordan and Saudi Arabia from an Islamic perspective. For this end, the content analysis approach has been used through the analysis of the unit concept in the science books for the seventh, eighth and ninth grades in the academic year (2015/2016) in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Textbooks, Foreign Countries, Islamic Culture
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Tsai, Fu-Hsing – Journal of Educational Computing Research, 2018
This study developed a computer-simulated science inquiry environment, called the Science Detective Squad, to engage students in investigating an electricity problem that may happen in daily life. The environment combined the simulation of scientific instruments and a virtual environment, including gamified elements, such as points and a story for…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Science Education, Inquiry
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do Amaral, Edenia Maria Ribeiro; da Silva, João Roberto Ratis Tenório; Sabino, Jaqueline Dantas – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
In this paper, we analyze the process of conceptualization experienced by students in Secondary School when involved in activities in a teaching and learning sequence on the concept of substance, considering the emergence of zones of the conceptual profile. The results point out that the approaches to different modes of thinking of substance…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Tirre, Frederike; Kampschulte, Lorenz; Thoma, Gun-Brit; Höffler, Tim; Parchmann, Ilka – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: This article describes the design and the evaluation of a student lab program on the topic of nanoscience and technology (NST), mainly focusing on Nanoscience and its applications. The program was designed for students in grades 8-10 and was part of a larger outreach program of the Collaborative Research Center 'Function by Switching'…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Design, Science Laboratories, Intervention
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