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Stern, Florian; Kampourakis, Kostas; Delaval, Marine; Müller, Andreas – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
In this article, we describe the main phases in the development and validation of a questionnaire measuring secondary students' teleology and essentialism conceptions in the context of genetics. The validation process involved 714 Swiss and French secondary school students from 14 different schools. The process included interviews, several pilot…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Questionnaires, Secondary School Students, Scientific Concepts
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Otto, Siegmar; Körner, Franziska; Marschke, Beatrice A.; Merten, Martin J.; Brandt, Steffen; Sotiriou, Sofoklis; Bogner, Franz X. – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
For scholars and policy-makers alike, deeper learning has been a promising paradigm for fostering students' interest in and mastery of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Deeper learning is assumed to result in a more thorough understanding of a subject that endures the test of time. To reach this level, a fascination with…
Descriptors: Science Education, Grade 6, STEM Education, Learning Processes
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Forbes, Cory T.; Neumann, Knut; Schiepe-Tiska, Anja – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
Scientific literacy is a central aim of science education. The "Programme for International Student Assessment" (PISA) provides a measure of secondary students' scientific literacy and reported science instruction in 72 countries. Researchers have analyzed PISA data to identify important relationships between science instruction and…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Inquiry, Science Instruction, Science Achievement
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Chachashvili-Bolotin, Svetlana; Lissitsa, Sabina; Milner-Bolotin, Marina – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
This large-scale study (N=173,636) examines between-group differences in Israeli high school STEM enrolment and average grades between five groups of Israeli-born Jews. Four of them comprise second-generation immigrant students with high-skilled parents, from North America (NA), South America (SA), France, and the Former Soviet Union (FSU). The…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Immigrants, Parent Background, High School Students
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Le Hebel, Florence; Montpied, Pascale; Tiberghien, Andrée; Fontanieu, Valérie – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
The understanding of what makes a question difficult is a crucial concern in assessment. To study the difficulty of test questions, we focus on the case of PISA, which assesses to what degree 15-year-old students have acquired knowledge and skills essential for full participation in society. Our research question is to identify PISA science item…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, International Assessment, Secondary School Students
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Ballouard, Jean-Marie; Mullin, Stephen J.; Ajtic, Rastko; Brito, José Carlos; ElMouden, El Hassan; Erdogan, Mehmet; Feriche, Monica; Pleguezuelos, Juan M.; Prokop, Pavol; Sánchez, Aida; Santos, Xavier; Slimani, Tahar; Sterijovski, Bogoljub; Tomovic, Ljiljana; Usak, Muhammet; Zuffi, Marco; Bonnet, Xavier – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Questionnaires are important tools for assessing attitudes regarding conservation issues. However, they are not easily comparable and their reliability has been insufficiently assessed. We examined factors influencing responses to open- and closed-ended questions about animal conservation to more than 600 schoolchildren (9 years old on average).…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Influences, Responses, Conservation (Environment)
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Décamp, N.; Viennot, L. – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
This research documents the impact of a teaching interview aimed at developing a critical attitude in students, and focused on a particular topic: radiocarbon dating. This teaching interview is designed to observe students' reaction to limited written explanations of the phenomenon under study, and their possible frustration or intellectual…
Descriptors: Interviews, Critical Thinking, Student Attitudes, Science Instruction
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Simonneaux, Laurence; Panissal, Nathalie; Brossais, Emmanuelle – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
We experimented with teaching nanotechnology in high school within the perspective of citizenship education in science by involving experts in nanotechnology, education, ethics and philosophy. After training, the students debated a Socially Acute Question (SAQ) that they elaborated during the various phases of instruction. The field of SAQs…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Citizenship Education
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Munier, Valérie; Merle, Hélène; Brehelin, Danie – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
The concept of measurement is fundamental in science. In order to be meaningful, the value of a measurement must be given with a certain level of uncertainty. In this paper we try to identify and develop the reasoning of young French pupils about measurement variability. In France, official instructions for elementary school thus argue for having…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Foreign Countries
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Girault, Isabelle; d'Ham, Cedric; Ney, Muriel; Sanchez, Eric; Wajeman, Claire – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
Many studies have stressed students' lack of understanding of experiments in laboratories. Some researchers suggest that if students design all or parts of entire experiment, as part of an inquiry-based approach, it would overcome certain difficulties. It requires that a procedure be written for experimental design. The aim of this paper is to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Research Design, Research Methodology, Laboratory Manuals
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Carvalho, Graca S.; Tracana, Rosa Branca; Skujiene, Grita; Turcinaviciene, Jurga – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
Textbook analysis is seen as a major element for studying environmental education addressing pupils, image analysis being rather relevant when studying textbooks written in 11 languages. We analysed 25 textbooks from 14 countries addressed to 14-16-year-old pupils, focusing on: (1) local and foreign/global images; (2) urban/rural and nature…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Textbooks, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries
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Molinatti, Gregoire; Girault, Yves; Hammond, Constance – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
The present study analyzes decision-making and argumentation by high school students in a debate situation on a socioscientific issue, the use of embryonic stem cells in research and therapy. We tested the influence on the debates of two different contexts. Adolescent students at the high school level in the same grade (mean age 16.4 years) from…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Patients, Foreign Countries, High School Students
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Maurines, Laurence – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
This particular study is part of a research programme on the difficulties encountered by students when learning about wave phenomena in a three-dimensional medium in the absence or presence of obstacles. It focuses on how students reason in situations in which wave optics need to be used: diffraction of light by an aperture, imaging in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Optics, Light, Abstract Reasoning
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Munier, Valerie; Merle, Helene – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
The present study takes an interdisciplinary mathematics-physics approach to the acquisition of the concept of angle by children in Grades 3-5. This paper first presents the theoretical framework we developed, then we analyse the concept of angle and the difficulties pupils have with it. Finally, we report three experimental physics-based teaching…
Descriptors: Physics, Grade 3, Teaching Methods, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Buty, Christian; Mortimer, Eduardo F. – International Journal of Science Education, 2008
In this paper we aim to establish a link between two theoretical frames: modelling and its use in the design and analysis of scientific teaching sequences, and the communicative approaches as they alternate in classroom activities. In this case study, we follow the interactions between the teacher and a pair of students during an entire teaching…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Models
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