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García-Pérez, Omar; Inda-Caro, Mercedes; Fernández-García, Carmen-María; Torío-López, Susana – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
There is a need to improve students' motivation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Student's academic choices are significantly influenced by parental behaviours and even more so by how those behaviours are perceived by the students. The purpose of this study is to determine the influence of perceived family…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, STEM Education, Secondary School Students, Grade 10
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Postigo, Yolanda; López-Manjón, Asunción – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
This paper analyses the extent to which textbook images are designed using the Instructional Criteria for Image Analysis (ICIA) model in textbooks. The ICIA proposed that learning through images involves interaction between the learner, the image, and the activities with images proposed to the student. Images from the main text and activity…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Illustrations, Biology, Criteria
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Reinoso Tapia, Roberto; Delgado-Iglesias, Jaime; Fernández, Itziar – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
In this paper, we analyse the conceptual and procedural difficulties that university students of the Primary Education Degree have about respiratory physiology. To carry out this study a questionnaire was designed in order to assess the knowledge of these future teachers before and after studying the first subject of natural sciences of the…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Knowledge Level, Undergraduate Students, Misconceptions
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Peasland, Emma L.; Henri, Dominic C.; Morrell, Lesley J.; Scott, Graham W. – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Employability is a key issue for students and Higher Education Institutions and a key component of employability is possessing the skills a role requires. In the environmental sciences, fieldwork provides an opportunity for students to develop employability-enhancing technical and transferable skills. However, students can have difficulty…
Descriptors: Employment Qualifications, Job Skills, Experiential Learning, Field Trips
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Ardura, Diego; Galán, Arturo – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
The aim of the present investigation was to analyse the role of academic self-efficacy and approaches to learning in general and in Physics and Chemistry academic achievements. The sample comprised 507 secondary school students of two Spanish schools and the study was conducted in the context of a Physics and Chemistry subject. Structural equation…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Science Achievement, Learning Strategies, Self Efficacy
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Sáinz, Milagros; Müller, Jörg – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Drawing on expectancy-value theory, this study examines gender and family influences on students' career aspirations and attached values. 796 secondary Spanish students (M age = 16 years old, S.D. = 0.81) participated. 53% were boys. The results show that boys and students with mothers who have completed intermediate level education were more…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Family Influence, STEM Education, Academic Aspiration
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Lupión-Cobos, Teresa; López-Castilla, Rafael; Blanco-López, Ángel – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
In this paper we explore the views and opinions of four secondary education science teachers regarding the teaching of scientific competences. Their views were gathered in the context of a training programme in which they had to design, implement, and assess their own teaching unit for developing students' scientific competences by means of…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Science
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Blanco-Anaya, Paloma; Justi, Rosária; Díaz de Bustamante, Joaquín – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
Modelling-based teaching activities have been designed and analysed from distinct theoretical perspectives. In this paper, we use one of them--the model of modelling diagram (MMD)--as an analytical tool in a regular classroom context. This paper examines the challenges that arise when the MMD is used as an analytical tool to characterise the…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Barriers, Models, Video Technology
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Cruz-Guzmán, Marta; García-Carmona, Antonio; Criado, Ana M. – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
A qualitative study of an interpretative nature is presented of the topics that elementary pre-service teachers (EPTs) choose and the types of questions they propose when designing an experimental activity (ExA) as inquiry, after receiving explicit instruction about it. The participants in the study were 154 EPTs organised into small groups to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries, Preservice Teacher Education
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Greca, Ileana M. – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Several international reports promote the use of the inquiry teaching methodology for improvements in science education at elementary school. Nevertheless, research indicates that pre-service elementary teachers have insufficient experience with this methodology and when they try to implement it, the theory they learnt in their university…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Inquiry
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Casanoves, Marina; González, Ángel; Salvadó, Zoel; Haro, Juan; Novo, Maite – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Due to the important impact that biotechnology has on current Western societies, well-informed critical citizens are needed. People prepared to make conscious decisions about aspects of biotechnology that relate to their own lives. Teachers play a central role in all education systems. Thus, the biotechnological literacy of preservice teachers is…
Descriptors: Biotechnology, Elementary School Teachers, College Students, Student Attitudes
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Navarro, Manuel – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
This paper presents a model of how children generate concrete concepts from perception through processes of differentiation and integration. The model informs the design of a novel methodology ("evolutionary maps" or "emaps"), whose implementation on certain domains unfolds the web of itineraries that children may follow in the…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Models, Children, Scientific Concepts
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Aragón, María del Mar; Oliva, José M.; Navarrete, Antonio – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
This article analyzes the relationship between pupils' level of understanding of the analogies proposed in class while working with a model of chemical change and their competence at constructing a coherent verbal discourse of that model in both its macroscopic and submicroscopic representations. The study participants were 35 pupils in their 3rd…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Science Instruction, Logical Thinking, Learning
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Martinez-Borreguero, Guadalupe; Perez-Rodriguez, Angel Luis; Suero-Lopez, Maria Isabel; Pardo-Fernandez, Pedro Jose – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
We study the misconceptions about colour that most people hold, determining the general phenomenological laws that govern them. Concept mapping was used to combat the misconceptions which were found in the application of a test specifically designed to determine these misconceptions, while avoiding the possible misleading inductions that could…
Descriptors: Color, Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts, Foreign Countries
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Guisasola, Jenaro; Almudi, Jose M.; Zuza, Kristina – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
This study examined engineering and physical science students' understanding of the electromagnetic induction (EMI) phenomena. It is assumed that significant knowledge of the EMI theory is a basic prerequisite when students have to think about electromagnetic phenomena. To analyse students' conceptions, we have taken into account the fact that…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Scientific Concepts, Questionnaires, Interviews
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