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Schizas, Dimitrios; Psillos, Dimitris – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2019
The present study elaborates on a domain-specific approach to NOS (Nature Of Science) and employs a NOTSs (Nature Of The Sciences) agenda to investigate how Greek in-service physics teachers understand the unique features of school physics and biology. Our theoretical framework focuses on the notion of worldview and important differences that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Knowledge Level, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Sen, Ömer Faruk; Sari, Ugur – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2017
For the successful implementation of educational reforms that aim to get students to be active learners, it has to be realized that teachers are the actual determiners of the classroom curriculum. Therefore, teachers who are in the position of the administrators of these reforms should get support and develop positive beliefs about the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes
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Lunde, Torodd; Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang; Drechsler, Michal – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
This study aimed to explore lower secondary teachers' negotiation of the meaning of laboratory work in a professional development program. A total of 15 in-service teachers participated in the program. In the program, tensions between key ideas concerning traditional way of addressing laboratory work -- with emphasis on subject content and skills…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Laboratories, Faculty Development, Professional Continuing Education
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Cook, Kristin L.; Oliveira, Alandeom W. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
The Next Generation Science Standards emphasize the importance of developing students' abilities to effectively communicate science, including topics that are highly scrutinized in the American public sphere such as evolution. However, student attainment of "controversial communicative competence" (the ability to competently communicate…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Communication Skills, Evolution, High School Students
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Jain, Jasmine; Abdullah, Nabilah; Lim, Beh Kian – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2014
This study was grounded on the ultimate goal of science education in Malaysia, which is to produce individuals who are scientifically literate. The study specifically aimed to probe how research participants conceptualize the relationship between scientific theory and law. Guided by the phenomenographic structure of awareness as the methodological…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Principles
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Menon, Deepika; Sinha, Somnath – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2013
Recent efforts to reform science education have strongly emphasized the understanding of the nature of science (NOS) as important to achieving broader scientific literacy. Despite the realization that students' understanding of NOS is important, there is a gap between research and practice. In order to teach NOS effectively in pre-college or…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Information Sources
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Deniz, Hasan; Akerson, Valarie – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2013
We examined to what extent elementary teachers' nature of science (NOS) and nature of scientific inquiry (NOSI) views, and science teaching efficacy beliefs change after a five-day professional development program designed to teach NOS and NOSI integrated with language arts. We found that elementary teachers improved their NOS and NOSI views, and…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Scientific Attitudes
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Zhu, Zheng; Geelan, David – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2013
This paper reports case studies of five Chinese secondary physics teachers' beliefs and instructional decisions in relation to inquiry-based teaching (IBT). It is part of a larger study intended to explore Chinese secondary physics teachers' beliefs and the ways in which their beliefs influence their classroom practices in the context of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Koehler, Catherine M.; Bloom, Mark A.; Binns, Ian C. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2013
This study explores the development of a methodology to analyze how nature of science (NOS) and scientific inquiry (SI) are portrayed in mainstream films. We demonstrate this methodology using the films, "Contact" and "Twister," as they are commonly used in earth/space science classrooms. We investigate the following research…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Inquiry, Science Instruction, Films
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Cook, Kristin Leigh; Buck, Gayle Anne – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2013
This study explored the ways in which pre-service teachers' (PSTs) understanding of the nature of science (NOS) emerged in their experience of a socio-scientific inquiry-based (SSI) experience. In this study, an undergraduate science course with structured collaboration on a SSI-based inquiry between PSTs and campus scientists was intertwined with…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Principles, Science and Society
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Yore, Larry D. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2001
Focuses on the gap between research findings and implementation of the results into science teacher education programs, curricula, and professional practices. Addresses one implementation issue that needs to inform future research, teacher education, professional development, and classroom instruction: How views of science, learning, discourse,…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Implementation
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Geelan, David R.; Taylor, Peter C. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2001
Makes a case for an alternative epistemology of research based on the hermeneutic-phenomenology of Max van Manen (1990). This interpretive approach to understanding the nature of a social phenomenon involves the researcher in making explicit the meaning of a particular lived experience and generating a pedagogical thoughtfulness in readers.…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Hermeneutics, Science Education, Scientific Principles
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Campbell, Brian – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1998
There are many versions of constructivism. One common argument against a constructivist approach is that it contains elements of instrumentalist, operationalist, and idealist epistemologies that distort the true nature of science including the goals of science and how scientists actually operate. A pedagogy based more on a realist epistemology…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Theories
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Illman, Thomas H. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1998
Determines that the philosophical basis for science education is likely to be an interesting field in the 21st century and that there is a need to provide the practicing teacher with some ideas for daily work such as local, national, and international student cooperation; using student lab reports to develop local scientific journals; and having…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Pyle, Eric J.; Akins-Moffatt, Jennifer – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1999
Reports on a study designed to (a) determine the effects of visually-enhanced, hands-on student instruction as compared with non-visually enhanced hands-on instruction, and (b) test the feasibility of using simple concept map-like structures as a means of determining student conceptual growth in a non-language dependent manner. Concludes that the…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inquiry, Professional Development
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