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Czajka, Charles Doug; McConnell, David – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Efforts to promote the use of student-centered learning environments in STEM education have been tempered by a lack of professional development strategies that help faculty overcome common barriers to reform. This study investigated the impact that adopting a suite of student-centered teaching materials had on the teaching practices and beliefs of…
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Student Centered Learning, Instructional Materials, Faculty Development
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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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Höft, Lars; Bernholt, Sascha – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
This paper presents the findings of a three-year longitudinal study (Grades 9-11; N = 756 students in German secondary schools; mean starting age = 14.7 years) that explores the development of and the interplay between upper-secondary students' individual interest and conceptual understanding in chemistry. Students' individual interest was…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Longitudinal Studies
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Tsybulsky, Dina – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
This qualitative, phenomenological study presents the experiences of high-school biology students (n = 233) in an outreach programme titled Students Meet Authentic Science. The core of the programme consists of students' visits to life-science university research laboratories (from here on referred to as labs). The programme was designed according…
Descriptors: High School Students, Biology, Student Participation, Outreach Programs
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Rees, Carol A. B.; Roth, Wolff-Michael – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Teacher-student discourse continues to be teacher-centred even though researchers and reform documents have recommended changes toward increased levels of student-centred discourse. In science education this situation is paralleled by effort to make scientific inquiry more student-centred. The purpose of this study was to investigate how discourse…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Science Instruction, Team Teaching, Classroom Communication
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Jiang, Shiyan; Shen, Ji; Smith, Blaine E. – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
The current K-12 educational system often does not engage students in interdisciplinary learning. To address this need, we developed an integrated STEM + L (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Digital Literacies) afterschool programme in which middle school students took discipline-specific roles (writer, scientist, artist, and engineer)…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, After School Programs, STEM Education, Middle School Students
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Martins, Marina; Justi, Rosária – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
The aims of this paper are twofold. First, we present, justify, and characterise an instrument for analysing students' argumentative reasoning developed from Walton's ideas. Then, from the analysis of students' argumentative discussion about a socio-scientific controversy, we identify the advantages and disadvantages of using the instrument. The…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Abstract Reasoning, Debate, Science and Society
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Kim, Mijung; Pegg, Jerine – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Recognising critical reasoning and problem-solving as one of the key skills for twenty-first century citizenship, various types of problem contexts have been practiced in science classrooms to enhance students' understandings and use of evidence-based thinking and justification. Good problems need to allow students to adapt and evaluate the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Problem Solving, Thinking Skills, Critical Thinking
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Wong, Victoria; Dillon, Justin – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Mathematical reasoning and tools are intrinsic to science, yet the close and dependent relationship science has to mathematics is not reflected in either school education or science education research. This paper asks what the barriers are to a mutually beneficial relationship between the two disciplines. A two-phase qualitative interview study…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Education
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Großmann, Nadine; Wilde, Matthias – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Experimentation is a complex problem-solving process. In biology lessons, experiments involve creative thinking and open discovery; however, they still require some degree of instructional guidance. The right balance between discovery learning and instructional guidance depends substantially on students' prior knowledge. Students with low prior…
Descriptors: Experiments, Biology, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Grade 7
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Yang, Wenyuan; Liu, Cheng; Liu, Enshan – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Since inquiry was first introduced to science education, a lot of inquiry-based tasks have appeared in textbooks for supporting an inquiry-based approach. These tasks have great potential to direct the implementation of an inquiry-based approach, as teachers rely heavily on the use of existing instructional materials in most K-12 classrooms.…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Active Learning, Inquiry, Secondary School Science
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Jankowska, Dorota M.; Gajda, Aleksandra; Karwowski, Maciej – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
This article explores how creative visual imagination and creative thinking can help children to construct mental models of space. A mixed-method study, integrating quantitative and qualitative approaches and involving 98 five-year-old children (54 girls and 44 boys) demonstrated that creative visual imagination, rather than creative thinking, is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Creative Thinking, Visual Learning
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Kluge, Anders – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
This article investigates how interactive representations can be used to enhance conceptual learning. It is a naturalistic study of 14 students in four groups aged 16--17 years working with an interactive simulator. The article is based on qualitative data to enable analyses of the students' processes of conceptual learning as interactive…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Students, Computer Simulation, Learning Processes
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Odden, Tor Ole B.; Russ, Rosemary S. – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Current science education reforms highlight the importance of students making sense of scientific ideas. While research has studied how to support sensemaking in classrooms, we still know very little about what drives students to pursue and persist in it on their own. In this article, we use a set of parallel case studies of undergraduate students…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Science Education, Comprehension, College Science
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Liu, Shu-Chiu – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Futures thinking, or foresight, is increasingly recognised as a key element in science and environmental education. We integrated a futures thinking activity into an undergraduate general science course in Taiwan by using an online thinking and discussion tool that provides scaffolding questions to help students think systematically about future…
Descriptors: Genetics, Biotechnology, Food, College Students
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