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Cooper, Grant; Berry, Amanda – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
Adding to concerns about falling participation rates in science education, the profile of certain student groups who go on to study decreases, particularly as the year level increases. The aim of this paper is to examine if, and in what ways, demographic factors predict students' post-16 participation in biology, physics, chemistry and earth/space…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Student Participation, Biology, Physics
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Fitzgerald, Angela – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
At a basic level, it makes sense to involve pre-service teachers in school-based experiences (SBE) as a way of preparing them for the teaching profession. Little is known, however, about how SBEs might prepare pre-service teachers as future teachers of particular learning areas. The purpose of this study was to explore the impacts and highlight…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary School Teachers, Experiential Learning
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George-Williams, Stephen R.; Ziebell, Angela L.; Thompson, Christopher D.; Overton, Tina L. – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
Previous work at Monash University has shown that students recognise that inquiry-, problem-, context- and industry-based experiments were better contextualised, more open to decision making and aided in the development of scientific and transferable skills. This study investigated whether these gains persisted over a longer time scale, rather…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inquiry, Problem Solving, Laboratories
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McLure, Felicity; Won, Mihye; Treagust, David F. – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
Although the benefits of addressing cognitive, social and affective aspects of learning in order to support conceptual change have been discussed in the literature, there are few studies of such interventions in the normal classroom. This study used a multidimensional conceptual change framework in order to teach five biology and physics topics…
Descriptors: Intervention, Science Instruction, Grade 9, Grade 10
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Park, Joonhyeong; Chang, Jina; Tang, Kok-Sing; Treagust, David F.; Won, Mihye – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
The purpose of this study is to investigate the process of students' construction of scientific explanations through drawing explanatory diagrams. For this, we observed fifth and sixth graders' drawing processes in a gifted science class involving learning physics concepts in mechanics. The analysis was carried out on three pictorial…
Descriptors: Sequential Approach, Freehand Drawing, Scientific Concepts, Elementary School Students
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Loveys, Beth R.; Riggs, Karina M. – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
The flipped classroom pedagogy was implemented in two core undergraduate science courses; Animal and Plant Biochemistry II (APB) and Microbiology and Invertebrate Biology II (MIB) to encourage students to prepare for laboratory classes. Students often attend class without little understanding or appreciation of what they are going to learn in the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Science Laboratories
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Millar, Victoria; Toscano, Maurizio; van Driel, Jan; Stevenson, Emma; Nelson, Chloë; Kenyon, Clare – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
There is a concern in many countries with participation rates in science. One response to this has been a proliferation of university run science outreach programs that aim to both engage and retain students in science. Previous studies of outreach programs have tended to take into account the perspectives of just a few stakeholders in the…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, Science Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Bartels, Hauke; Geelan, David; Kulgemeyer, Christoph – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Measuring teachers' skills to carry out the complex tasks required in teaching is an important means of evaluating the effectiveness of teacher education but remains a challenging activity to conduct in practice. It is necessary to optimise approaches for usability and effectiveness along a continuum from low-effort and low-authenticity measures…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Competency Testing, Performance Based Assessment, Physics
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Tang, Kok-Sing; Won, Mihye; Treagust, David – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
This article presents the development, description, application, and discussion of an analytical framework to examine students' drawings of scientific concepts and processes. Student-generated representation, particularly drawing, is increasingly emphasised as an important learning strategy to help students reason, explain, and demonstrate their…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Scientific Concepts, Freehand Drawing, Learning Strategies
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Sikora, Joanna – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Although the gender gap in non-compulsory science attracts much attention, few studies compare factors that shape it at subsequent life stages. Here, a life-course approach is used to examine the gender gap in science career expectations at ages 16, 23 and 26 for a recent student cohort. Then, a decomposition is applied to assess what share of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Gender Differences, Occupational Aspiration, Science Careers
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Norris, Christina M.; Morris, Julia E.; Lummis, Geoffrey W. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
According to international benchmarks [Thomson, S., Wernert, N., O'Grady, E., & Rodrigues, S. (2017). TIMSS 2015: Reporting Australia's results. Retrieved from Camberwell, Victoria: www.acer.edu.au/timss], Australia's science education is still in decline and so the need for further investigation into preservice teachers is warranted.…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction
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Slater, E. V.; Morris, J. E.; McKinnon, D. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Alternative conceptions in astronomy are a road block to new learning. Astronomy content is included in the Australian Curriculum (AC) from Year 3 and then intermittently in Year 5, Year 7 and Year 10. In accepting that science is socio-culturally constructed, it is important for teachers to have a clear understanding of the alternative…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Astronomy, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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King, Donna; Henderson, Senka – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
There is growing interest in how to engage middle school students in science to improve their enthusiasm for science and to arrest the decline in uptake in the senior years. Also, there is interest in improving students' application of science to real-life situations, a requirement for international tests. One approach that offers hope for…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Experiential Learning, Environmental Education
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Sharma, Jyoti; Yarlagadda, Prasad K. D. V. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
In an increasingly competitive world, it has been proved that invention, development, and profusion of new technologies through science and technology are the fundamental source of economic progress. Australia, which is one of the world leaders in education and India, which has the capacity to produce the highest number of young skilled manpower…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, STEM Education, Educational Policy, Labor Force Development
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Schultz, Madeleine; Lawrie, Gwendolyn A.; Bailey, Chantal H.; Bedford, Simon B.; Dargaville, Tim R.; O'Brien, Glennys; Tasker, Roy; Thompson, Christopher D.; Williams, Mark; Wright, Anthony H. – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
A multi-institution collaborative team of Australian chemistry education researchers, teaching a total of over 3000 first year chemistry students annually, has explored a tool for diagnosing students' prior conceptions as they enter tertiary chemistry courses. Five core topics were selected and clusters of diagnostic items were assembled linking…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Chemistry, Diagnostic Tests
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