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Darcin, E. Selcen – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2010
The purpose of this study was to determine students' knowledge level and misconceptions about cars and environment. The sample group of this study consists of randomly selected students from Science Education Department of Gazi Education Faculty in Turkey. The measure is applied to total of 298 students where 174 of them are female and 124 are…
Descriptors: Schools of Education, Knowledge Level, Motor Vehicles, Foreign Countries
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Hirca, Necati – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2009
Presently, teaching and presentation methods are changing from chalk and blackboards to interactive methods. Multimedia technology is presently used in many schools, however much of the commercially-available software programs don't allow teachers to share their experiences. Adobe Captivate 3 is a computer program that enables teachers, without…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods
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Nashon, Samson Madera; Anderson, David; Nielsen, Wendy S. – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2009
The teaching of science, especially at pre-college and teacher education levels has undergone tremendous transformation over the years: from teacher-centred transmission to student-centred approaches rooted in constructivism. Whereas constructivism has been charged with all manner of shortfalls, it still can be of benefit to the way physics…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Constructivism (Learning), Mathematics Education, Prior Learning
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Koray, Ozlem; Koksal, Mustafa Serdar – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of creative and critical thinking based laboratory method on prospective primary teachers' creative and logical thinking abilities. This research was conducted with 90 prospective elementary school teachers who were enrolled in two classes of education faculty during the spring semester of the…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Laboratories, Logical Thinking
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Buaraphan, Khajornsak; Sung-ong, Sunun – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2009
The conceptions of the nature of science (NOS), particularly scientific knowledge, scientific method, scientists' work, and scientific enterprise, of 113 Thai pre-service science teachers were was captured by the Myths of Science Questionnaire (MOSQ) in the first semester of the 2008 academic year. The data was quantitatively and qualitatively…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Scientific Attitudes
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Saglam-Arslan, Aysegul; Kurnaz, Mehmet Altan – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2009
The aim of this study is to determine prospective physics teachers' level of understanding of the concepts of energy and the related concepts of force and power. The study was carried out with the participation of 56 physics education department students at a university in Karadeniz region. All participants had previously taken an introductory…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Knowledge Level
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Tural, Guner; Yigit, Nevzat; Alev, Nedim – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2009
Project work is the primary method which enables practicing the activities that contemporary learning theories suggest. The aim of this study is to determine the issues encountered during project work in accordance with students' and teachers' views in secondary schools physics courses in the city of Trabzon, Turkey where project work has been…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Secondary School Teachers, Student Projects, Elementary Education
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Cardak, Osman; Dikmenli, Musa – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2009
In this study, student science teachers' ideas and views of endangered bird species and their protection are analysed. 173 student science teachers studying at Selcuk University in the department of science education, participated in the study. Data analysis provides evidence that the majority of students thought that human intervention is…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Animals, Wildlife, Student Teacher Attitudes
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Karsli, Fethiye; Sahin, Cigdem – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2009
The purpose of this study is to develop a worksheet about the factors affecting solubility, which could be useful for the prospective science teachers (PST) to remind and regain their science process skills (SPS). The pilot study of the WS was carried out with 32 first grade PST during the 2007-2008 academic year in the education department at…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Laboratories, Action Research, Science Experiments
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Sahin, Cigdem; Ipek, Hava; Ayas, Alipasa – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2008
In this article we investigated 4th, 6th, and 8th grade students' misconceptions about light, sight, vision, source of light and examined students' conceptual development of these concepts at different grade levels. Data collection was done using five two-tiered test questions with one open-ended question, an interview about concepts and a drawing…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Vision, Concept Formation, Grade 8
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Chang, Shu-Nu – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2008
To achieve the goal of scientific literacy, besides conveying science and technology concepts, cultivating students' modeling ability has become important. However, in-service teachers face the difficulty that their teaching load increases while they are still bound by limited teaching hours. Teachers may know of modeling ability, life related…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Literacy, Teaching Methods
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El-Deghaidy, Heba – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2006
This study investigated the possible impact of a science teaching methods course on pre-service teachers' self-efficacy and perceptions of self as science teachers. The study also investigated the probable relationship between these two variables, which both measure issues related to the expected behaviour teachers adopt when teaching science.…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Schools of Education, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum
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Toh, Tin-Lam – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2006
It has been five years since the chapter on relative velocity was first introduced into the Singapore Additional Mathematics curriculum. This paper reports some general findings on the teaching of relative velocity in mathematics classrooms and the pupils' learning difficulties on relative velocity. Some implications to the teaching of this topic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Motion, Learning Problems, Mathematics Instruction
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Darcin, Emine Selcen; Turkmen, Lutfullah – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2006
The purpose of this study was to determine the knowledge level of popular biotechnological issues of prospective Turkish science teachers. A questionnaire was administered during 2005-2006 academic year to 194 students in the Department of Science Education of a university in Turkey. The questionnaire covered six biotechnological issues such as…
Descriptors: Biotechnology, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Knowledge Level