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Chen, Szu-Yu; Lin, Su-Wei – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2020
Mathematical achievement is affected by many psychosocial variables. Motivation and problem-solving, for instance, are important correlates. Although psychosocial variables are susceptible to cultural influences, most of the prior studies are based on samples obtained from Western populations. This highlights the need for cross-cultural…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Problem Solving, Cognitive Style, Student Motivation
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Smith, Thomas J.; Walker, David A.; Chen, Hsiang-Ting; Hong, Zuway-R. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2020
The present study examined data from the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study to address cross-cultural differences in 4th grade students' attitudes towards science and how students' sense of school belonging (SSSB) scores were related to attitude towards science. Regression results indicated that SSSB emerged as a…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Achievement Tests, International Assessment, Mathematics Achievement
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Sang, Wenjuan; Simpson, Amber – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
Educators have been interested in the global maker movement as it provides hands-on learning opportunities for youths to enhance their knowledge and skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This study aims to understand the maker movement from the perspective of frame analysis and collective action frames. Based on 33…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, Global Approach, Educational Change, STEM Education
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Kang, Rui; Liu, Di – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
This article describes a study of how Chinese preservice teachers unpacked a learning goal pertaining to adding fractions and understanding the concepts underlying the operation. Based on work in the USA by Morris, Hiebert, and Spizter ("Journal for Research in Mathematics Education," 40(5), 491-529, 2009), 50 Chinese preservice teachers…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Fractions, Addition
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Watson, Jane M. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
This paper focuses on the curriculum links between statistics and science that teachers need to understand and apply in order to be effective teachers of the two fields of study. Meaningful statistics does not exist without context and science is the context for this paper. Although curriculum documents differ from country to country, this paper…
Descriptors: Expectation, Statistics, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Cai, Jinfa; Jiang, Chunlian – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
This paper reports on 2 studies that examine how mathematical problem posing is integrated in Chinese and US elementary mathematics textbooks. Study 1 involved a historical analysis of the problem-posing (PP) tasks in 3 editions of the most widely used elementary mathematics textbook series published by People's Education Press in China over 3…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Content Analysis
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Theyßen, Heike; Struzyna, Sarah; Mylott, Elliot; Widenhorn, Ralf – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
In this paper, we present the design and the results of a comparative study that evaluated the success of a transfer of an online-teaching resource between two universities, one in Germany and one in the USA. The teaching resource is an online physics lab that has been used in the physics education of medical students in Germany since 2003. The…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Comparative Analysis, Online Courses
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Jin, Hui; Hokayem, Hayat; Wang, Sasha; Wei, Xin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
As China and the United States become the top two carbon emitters in the world, it is crucial for citizens in both countries to construct a sophisticated understanding of energy consumption issues. This interview study examines how U.S. and Chinese students compare in explaining and arguing about two critical energy consumption issues: burning…
Descriptors: Biology, Interviews, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences
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Lin, Emily; Shi, Qingmin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2014
Questions remain about how to best prepare students to be environmentally literate. Although Canada and U.S. share similarities in education systems, diversity in student population, and historical roots in formalizing environmental education, Canada is one of the top performing countries in international science assessments while U.S. matches…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Institutional Characteristics, Achievement Tests, Secondary School Students
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Blömeke, Sigrid; Suhl, Ute; Döhrmann, Martina – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2013
The "Teacher Education and Development Study in Mathematics" assessed the knowledge of primary and lower-secondary teachers at the end of their training. The large-scale assessment represented the common denominator of what constitutes mathematics content knowledge and mathematics pedagogical content knowledge in the 16 participating…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Education
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Cheek, Kim A. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2012
An understanding of geologic time is comprised of 2 facets. Events in Earth's history can be placed in relative and absolute temporal succession on a vast timescale. Rates of geologic processes vary widely, and some occur over time periods well outside human experience. Several factors likely contribute to an understanding of geologic time, one of…
Descriptors: Numbers, Mathematical Concepts, Geology, Time
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Wang, Ze; Osterlind, Steven J.; Bergin, David A. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2012
Using the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2003 data, this study built mathematics achievement models of 8th graders in four countries: the USA, Russia, Singapore and South Africa. These 4 countries represent the full spectrum of mathematics achievement. In addition, they represent 4 continents, and they include 2 countries…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Models, Mathematics Tests, Grade 8
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Lamb, Richard Lawrence; Annetta, Leonard; Meldrum, Jeannette; Vallett, David – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2012
Students in the USA have fallen near the bottom in international competitions and tests in mathematics and science. It is thought that extrinsic factors such as family, community, and schools might be more influential than intrinsic attitudes toward science interest. However, there are relatively few valid and reliable measures of intrinsic…
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Student Interests, Science Interests, Intervention
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Hofstein, Avi; Eilks, Ingo; Bybee, Rodger – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
One common theme underlying recent reports on science education is that the content of school science and its related pedagogical approaches are not aligned with the interests and needs of both society and the majority of the students. Most students do not find their science classes interesting and motivating. These claims are especially valid…
Descriptors: Science Programs, Foreign Countries, Science Education, Social Problems
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Zhu, Yan; Leung, Frederick K. S. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
The importance of motivation in learning has been widely recognized. However, due to its multidimensional and complex nature, it appears difficult to synthesize research findings on motivation across studies. Heated debates about the effects of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation on learning and their interaction have been going on since the terms…
Descriptors: Asians, Incentives, Mathematics Achievement, Academic Achievement
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