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Oon, P. -T.; Cheng, M. M. W.; Wong, A. S. L. – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
Understanding secondary student attitudes towards science (SAS) is important if we are to increase the number and diversity of students who pursue STEM fields and address the gender imbalance in STEM careers. Existing studies that measured SAS tended to directly translate an ordinal scale (e.g., from 'strongly agree' to 'strongly disagree') into a…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Science Instruction, Gender Differences
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Aditomo, Anindito; Klieme, Eckhard – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
Inquiry-based science instruction is widely advocated, but studies based on international large-scale assessments often show inquiry to be negatively associated with achievement. We re-examine this issue by examining whether the association between inquiry and learning depends upon the provision of teacher guidance. Participants were 151,721…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Science Instruction, Outcomes of Education
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Tang, Xing; Zhang, Danhui – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
Informal science learning has been proven to have effects on a variety of science learning outcomes. This study explored the direct and indirect influence of both prior and current informal science learning on science performance by using data from the Programme for International Student Assessment 2015. More than ten kinds of informal science…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Science Education, Science Achievement, Performance Factors
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Lam, Dirac Sze Him; Chan, Kennedy Kam Ho – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
Evidence of student thinking takes a variety of forms (e.g. verbal responses, gestures) and has varying degrees of visibility within classroom interactions. The purpose of this study was to characterise the nature of pre-service science teachers' (PSTs') noticing skills of different forms of evidence of student thinking using video-based…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Thinking Skills
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Fung, Dennis – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
This paper reports the findings of a quasi-experimental study that investigated the impacts of effective group work on Hong Kong science classrooms. One hundred and fifty-two Secondary 2 (or Grade 8) students from two schools participated in a teaching intervention (comprising 16 lessons) in which they studied the topic 'Making Use of Electricity'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Gender Differences, Social Differences, Cooperative Learning
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Lee, Yeung Chung; Grace, Marcus; Rietdijk, Willeke; Lui, Yuet Chu – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
The possible roles of culture, gender, and age-related factors in decision making about socioscientific issues (SSIs) have been underexplored. To study the impact of culture and cross-cultural understanding on students' decision-making, and how these impacts are possibly mediated by age and gender-related variables, 106 11-13 year old students and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Differences, Age Differences, Gender Differences
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Zhu, Yuanze – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
In recent years, research on students' scientific competencies has generated much discussion. According to the PISA 2015 Assessment and Analytical Framework, both scientific competencies and attitudes towards science -- interest in science, valuing scientific approaches to enquiry (or epistemological beliefs about science), and environmental…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Competence
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Cheung, Derek – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Individual interest in school science lessons can be defined as a relatively stable and enduring personal emotion comprising affective and behavioural reactions to events in the regular science lessons at school. Little research has compared the importance of different factors affecting students' individual interest in school science lessons. The…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Science Instruction, Self Concept, Parent Attitudes
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Wan, Zhi Hong; Lee, John Chi Kin – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This study explored two under-researched areas on students' attitudes towards science, that is, the structural models representing these attitudes and the role played by school bands in moderating the gender differences in such attitudes. The participants were 360 ninth graders in Hong Kong from 3 school bands. The structural equation modelling…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes
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Oon, Pey-Tee; Fan, Xitao – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
Students' attitude towards science (SAS) is often a subject of investigation in science education research. Survey of rating scale is commonly used in the study of SAS. The present study illustrates how Rasch analysis can be used to provide psychometric information of SAS rating scales. The analyses were conducted on a 20-item SAS scale used in an…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Psychometrics, Attitude Measures, Rating Scales
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Cheng, Maurice M. W.; Gilbert, John K. – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This paper proposes a model-based notion of "submicro representations of chemical reactions". Based on three structural models of matter (the simple particle model, the atomic model and the free electron model of metals), we suggest there are two major models of reaction in school chemistry curricula: (a) reactions that are simple…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, Models
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Lau, Kwok-chi; Lam, Terence Yuk-ping – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This study analysed 10 top-performing regions in PISA 2015 on their science performances and instructional practices. The regions include Singapore, Japan, Estonia, Taipei, Finland, Macao, Canada, Hong Kong, China and Korea. The science performances of the 10 regions and their teaching practices are described and compared. The construct of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Educational Practices, Science Achievement
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Fung, Dennis; Lui, Wai-mei – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
This paper, through discussion of a teaching intervention at two secondary schools in Hong Kong, demonstrates the learning advancement brought about by group work and dissects the facilitating role of teachers in collaborative discussions. One-hundred and fifty-two Secondary Two (Grade 8) students were divided into three pedagogical groups, namely…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Science Instruction, Science Education, Group Activities
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Cheng, Maurice M. W.; Oon, Pey-Tee – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
This paper reports the results of a survey of 3006 Year 10-12 students on their understandings of metallic bonding. The instrument was developed based on Chi's ontological categories of scientific concepts and students' understanding of metallic bonding as reported in the literature. The instrument has two parts. Part one probed into students'…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Item Response Theory, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Cheng, Maurice M. W.; Gilbert, John K. – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
This study investigated students' interpretation of diagrams representing the human circulatory system. We conducted an interview study with three students aged 14-15 (Year 10) who were studying biology in a Hong Kong school. During the interviews, students were asked to interpret diagrams and relationships between diagrams that represented…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Human Body, Interviews, Grade 10
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