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Remmen, Kari Beate; Frøyland, Merethe – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
Students struggle with observing scientifically and connecting observations to scientific theory. This study investigates how students actually use observation in rock classification -- a classical practical task in science education. To describe the level of students' use of observation, data was collected by videotaping 19 small student groups…
Descriptors: Geology, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Observation
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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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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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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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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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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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Wei, Bing; Chen, Yue – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
The term 'experiment' is used in different ways to mean different things in school science. This study examines the meanings of 'experiment' and how they have changed in the intended chemistry curriculum (ICC) in China since the early 1950s. A mixed methodology was adopted to analyse the 11 ICC documents from a socio-historical perspective. The…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Science Curriculum, Course Content
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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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Wu, Huang; Shen, Jianping; Zhang, Ya; Zheng, Yunzheng – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
The goal of this study was to estimate the relationships among principal leadership, teacher-related factors (e.g. job satisfaction, self-efficacy of teaching, and collaboration), and student achievement in science. With the United States sample of Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2015 data, we used a series of two-level…
Descriptors: Principals, Leadership, Science Achievement, Administrator Role
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Ekinci, Serkan; Sen, Ahmet Ilhan – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
There is a close relationship between chemistry and physics in the context of atomic structure, which is usually covered in both courses at the secondary-school level. However, little emphasis has been put on determining whether the students developed correct understanding of the quantum structure when they studied it in both the courses. The…
Descriptors: Grade 12, Cognitive Processes, Nuclear Physics, Concept Mapping
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Prieto-Rodriguez, Elena; Sincock, Kristina; Blackmore, Karen – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
There are numerous interventions worldwide targeting young people's participation in STEM. While gender imbalance seems to be a focus of many of these interventions, it is not clear how many specifically target females, and from those that do, what their characteristics and strengths are. We address this gap in the existing literature by…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Literature Reviews, Secondary School Students, Females
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Zarkadis, Nikolaos; Papageorgiou, George – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
The present work explores students' repertoire of explicit knowledge fragments relevant to the atomic structure, seeking to answer which of those and through which routes are activated by students when constructing their explanations for some everyday situations. For this purpose, six tasks describing different situations were given to 225…
Descriptors: Nuclear Physics, Grade 10, Grade 11, Secondary School Students
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Hanson, Sandra L.; Krywult-Albanska, Malgorzata – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
A comparative gender framework and cross-national data are used to examine women's access to STEM education in Poland and cross-nationally. The transition to STEM occupations is also considered. Findings on indicators of girl's achievement in STEM education at the secondary level in Poland show gender imbalance, but Poland is doing better than…
Descriptors: Females, Access to Education, STEM Education, Foreign Countries
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Stadermann, H. K. E.; Goedhart, M. J. – International Journal of Science Education, 2020
Epistemological and philosophical issues have always been relevant for the foundations of physics, but usually do not find their way into secondary physics classrooms. As an exception to this, the strangeness of quantum physics (QP) naturally evokes philosophical questions, and learners might have to change their ideas about the nature of science…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Scientific Principles, Quantum Mechanics
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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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