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Romine, William; Tsai, Chia-Lin; Miller, Michele; Tang, Nai-En; Folk, William – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2020
The affective domain and its impact on science achievement has been studied with increasing attention over the past decade. However, there has been little empirical work on how individual interest, and facilitation of situational interest in the classroom, facilitates learning of concepts within fine-grained units of instruction. Drawing upon…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Health Education, Scientific Concepts, Science Interests
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Lucero, Margaret M.; Delgado, Cesar; Green, Kathryn – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2020
The purpose of the current study was to explore and further elucidate secondary teachers' knowledge of students' conceptions (KOSC) on the topic of evolution by natural selection. Prior research has documented students' natural selection conceptions, but allowing the opportunity for teachers to describe their own students' conceptions can permit…
Descriptors: High School Teachers, Biology, Science Instruction, Secondary School Teachers
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Pearce, Erin; Stewart, Morgan; Malkoc, Ummuhan; Ivy, Ronald; Weinburgh, Molly – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2020
A learning format gaining attention that encourages language acquisition in science is the use of dynamic models as instructional tools. This grounded theory investigates the impact of the dynamic food chain model as an alternative lesson for teaching food chains. The researchers examined the impact of a paper-based activity and a dynamic model…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 5, Knowledge Level, English Language Learners
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Schüler-Meyer, Alexander; Prediger, Susanne; Kuzu, Taha; Wessel, Lena; Redder, Angelika – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
To what degree can multilingual students profit from bilingual teaching approaches, even when they lack experience in the academic or technical register in their home languages? This study explores this research question in a mixed methods design for a German/Turkish bilingual intervention aimed at fostering conceptual understanding of fractions…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Teaching Methods, Multilingualism, German
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Mason, Lucia; Zaccoletti, Sonia; Carretti, Barbara; Scrimin, Sara; Diakidoy, Irene-Anna N. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
Text is the primary tool to learn disciplinary knowledge in school. Text-based learning is shaped by a complex interplay between the text and reader characteristics. This study examined the role of text structure and inhibition in conceptual learning about energy. Inhibition implies the ability to block dominant but inappropriate responses…
Descriptors: Inhibition, Energy, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Jones, Steven R. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
The calculus concepts of concavity and inflection points are critical for a complete understanding of quantities' behavior, making them important topics of research for those interested in the intersections of STEM disciplines. This study seeks to provide insight into this area by reporting on trends in students' concept projections of these…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematical Concepts, STEM Education, Concept Formation
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Fazio, Claudio; Battaglia, Onofrio R. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
The Force Concept Inventory is a multiple-choice test and is one of the most popular and most analyzed concept inventories. It is used to investigate student understanding of Newtonian mechanics. A structured approach to data analysis can transform it in a "diagnostic" instrument that can validate inferences about student thinking. In…
Descriptors: Mechanics (Physics), Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, College Freshmen
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Achmetli, Kay; Schukajlow, Stanislaw; Rakoczy, Katrin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
An effective way to improve students' mathematical knowledge is to have them construct multiple solutions for real-world problems. Prior knowledge is a relevant prerequisite for learning outcomes, and the experience of competence is a basic need that has to be fulfilled to improve achievement. In the current experimental study (N = 307), we…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods, Relevance (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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Gómezescobar, Ariadna; Fernández-Cézar, Raquel; Guerrero, Silvia – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
The present work shows how 4-6-year-old Spanish children interpret numbers and space intervals in the ruler when measuring length. To determine it, 4 ad hoc rulers are designed and used with a sample of 103 children from two schools of Toledo province (Spain). The sample is characterized respecting conservation and measurement with the standard…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Numbers, Mathematical Concepts
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Lingefjärd, Thomas; Farahani, Djamshid – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
In understanding upper secondary school students' interpretations of information in graphical representations of a distance--time graph and an ECG graph, little attention has been paid to the analysis of the condition of the conceptual development related to their utterances. Understanding this better can help improve the teaching of…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation, Graphs
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Kiryak, Zeynep; Çalik, Muammer – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of the Common Knowledge Construction Model (CKCM) lesson sequence on grade 7 students' conceptual understanding of the "water pollution" topic. Within a pre-experimental (one group pre-test/post-test) research design, this study was conducted with 25 (12 females and 13 males) grade 7…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Concept Formation, Water Pollution, Secondary School Students
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Herman, Benjamin C.; Feldman, Allan; Vernaza-Hernandez, Vanessa – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
Misconceptions about climate change science are pervasive among the US public. This study investigated the possibility that these misconceptions may be reflective of science teachers' knowledge and teaching of climate change science. Florida and Puerto Rico secondary science teachers who claim to teach extensively about climate change were…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Decision Making, Climate
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Barahmand, Ali – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
In this article, attempts were made to examine students' thinking about the concepts of infinity and their ideas about transiting from finite to infinite states through the concept of limits of sequences. The participants included 78 senior high-school students ranging in age between 17 and 19 years old. The data were collected through a…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, High School Students, Questionnaires
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Adu-Gyamfi, Kwaku; Bossé, Michael J.; Chandler, Kayla – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
When establishing connections among representations of associated mathematical concepts, students encounter different difficulties and successes along the way. The purpose of this study was to uncover information about and gain greater insight into how student processes connections. Pre-calculus students were observed and interviewed while…
Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Mathematical Concepts, Algebra, Graphs
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