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Freire, Melquesedeque; Talanquer, Vicente; Amaral, Edenia – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Understanding the nature of chemical thinking and action, as well as their application and impact on our world should be central goals of chemistry education at all educational levels. However, traditional school chemistry is still mostly focused on having students learn the body of declarative knowledge built over the years in the discipline.…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Thinking Skills, Scientific Principles
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Vieira, Rodrigo Drumond; Kelly, Gregory J. – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
In this paper, we present and apply a multi-level method for discourse analysis in science classrooms. This method is based on the structure of human activity (activity, actions, and operations) and it was applied to study a pre-service physics teacher methods course. We argue that such an approach, based on a cultural psychological perspective,…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Physics, Science Instruction, Activities
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Teixeira, Francimar Martins – International Journal of Science Education, 2000
Describes children's conceptions of the structure and function of the human digestive system based on an investigation carried out with children aged 4-10 (n=45). Finds that children possess biological knowledge as an independent knowledge domain from the age of four. Discusses acquisition of and barriers to scientific concepts related to human…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Elementary Education