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Laine, Anu; Ahtee, Maija; Näveri, Liisa – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2020
The aim of this article was to determine the factors in teachers' actions that could explain differences in the emotional atmosphere of primary school classrooms. Based on pupils' drawings about their mathematics lessons, we analyzed both the pupils' and their teachers' actions, including pupils requesting help, sitting alone, and talking about…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Teacher Influence
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Ayala-Altamirano, Cristina; Molina, Marta – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2020
This article describes part of the findings of a teaching experiment whose objective is to investigate the algebraic abilities of elementary students when they solve situations that involve a functional relationship. In particular, we focus on describing the use and meanings attributed to letters by third-year primary school students when faced…
Descriptors: Alphabets, Elementary School Students, Algebra, Mathematics Instruction
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Summers, Ryan; Wang, Shuai; Abd-El-Khalick, Fouad; Said, Ziad – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
Surveying is a common methodology in science education research, including cross-national and cross-cultural comparisons. The literature surrounding students' attitudes toward science, in particular, illustrates the prevalence of efforts to translate instruments with the eventual goal of comparing groups. This paper utilizes survey data from a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students
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Vale, Colleen; Widjaja, Wanty; Herbert, Sandra; Bragg, Leicha A.; Loong, Esther Yoon-Kin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
Explaining appears to dominate primary teachers' understanding of mathematical reasoning when it is not confused with problem solving. Drawing on previous literature of mathematical reasoning, we generate a view of the critical aspects of reasoning that may assist primary teachers when designing and enacting tasks to elicit and develop…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Grade 4
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Fazio, Xavier; Gallagher, Tiffany L. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2014
The science vocabulary from a science curriculum standards document (Ministry of Education Ontario, 2007) was classified by morphological developmental level and compared to the grade level topics of the curriculum (grades 1 to 8). Descriptive statistical analyses highlight the complex nature of science vocabulary and the incompatibilities between…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, Elementary School Science, Morphology (Languages), Academic Standards
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Tan-Sisman, Gulcin; Aksu, Meral – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2012
"Knowing and doing measurement" is a fundamental competency in real life since measuring attributes of objects in appropriate units and using measuring tools assist students to quantify and understand the world. For this reason, the study of measurement has a special place in every mathematics curriculum. Among the domains of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Machine Tools, Measurement, Grade 5
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Chang, Jen-Min; Lee, Huei; Yen, Chiung-Fen – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
The purpose of this study was to investigate the alternative conceptions about burning phenomena among Atayal indigene elementary school students in Taiwan. The main difference from other relevant research is that this study assesses Atayal people's worldview by means of a questionnaire developed specifically for this purpose. There were three…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Questionnaires, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations
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Liu, Shu-Chiu – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2005
The paper reports a cross-cultural investigation conducted in 2001-2002 that seeks to reveal students' alternative ideas in two countries, Taiwan and Germany. It was carried out by means of semi-structured interviews in a story form. The targeted students were arbitrarily selected from grades 3 to 6 in both countries and amounted to 64. The…
Descriptors: Models, Astronomy, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students