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Jafer, Yaqoub J. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2020
This study aimed to identify misconceptions of 1st year and 4th year pre-service science teachers about the greenhouse effect. A questionnaire developed by Boyes and Stanisstreet ("Journal of Science Education and Technology," 2(4), 541-557, 1993) was administered to 163 pre-service science teachers in the College of Education at Kuwait…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers
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Rollinde, E. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
The Human Orrery is a representation of the Solar System at a human scale, on which positions of planets over time are symbolized by different discs. Learners can then walk along the orbits of the planets with the right pace. This pedagogical tool uses the principles of enacted cognition to promote a better understanding of the scientific laws of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Students, Learning Motivation
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Taskin, Vahide; Bernholt, Sascha; Parchmann, Ilka – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
Chemical representations serve as a communication tool not only in exchanges between scientists but also in chemistry lessons. The goals of the present study were to measure the extent of student teachers' knowledge about chemical representations, focusing on chemical formulae and structures in particular, and to explore which factors related to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Knowledge Level, Chemistry, Scientific Concepts
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Maurício, Paulo; Valente, Bianor; Chagas, Isabel – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
In this work, we present a teaching-learning sequence on colour intended to a pre-service elementary teacher programme informed by History and Philosophy of Science. Working in a socio-constructivist framework, we made an excursion on the history of colour. Our excursion through history of colour, as well as the reported misconception on colour…
Descriptors: Science History, Scientific Principles, Philosophy, Scientific Concepts
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Oh, Jun-Young – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2014
Constructing explanations and participating in argumentative discourse are seen as essential practices of scientific inquiry. The objective of this study was to explore the elements and origins of pre-service secondary science teachers' alternative conceptions of tidal phenomena based on the elements used in Toulmin's Argument Model through…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Science, Foreign Countries
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Koponen, Ismo; Nousiainen, Maija – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2013
Good conceptual understanding of physics is based on understanding what the key concepts are and how they are related. This kind of understanding is especially important for physics teachers in planning how and in what order to introduce concepts in teaching; connections which tie concepts to each other give direction of progress--there is "flux…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Concept Mapping, Organization