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Chhokar, Kiran; Dua, Shweta; Taylor, Neil; Boyes, Edward; Stanisstreet, Martin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
A 44-item survey instrument was designed to determine secondary students' views about how useful various specific actions related to reducing global warming might be, their willingness to undertake these various actions and the extent to which these 2 might be linked. The instrument was administered to students in grades 6-10 (n = 768) from 4…
Descriptors: Indians, Student Attitudes, Language of Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Kaur, Berinderjeet – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
This paper explores the nature and source of mathematics homework and teachers' and students' perspectives about the role of mathematics homework. The subjects of the study are three grade 8 mathematics teachers and 115 of their students. Data from field notes, teacher interviews and student questionnaire are analysed using qualitative methods.…
Descriptors: Homework, Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, Grade 8
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Masingila, Joanna O.; Muthwii, Samson M.; Kimani, Patrick M. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2011
This study examined standard 6 and 8 (Standards 6 and 8 are the sixth and eighth years, respectively, of primary level schooling in Kenya.) students' perceptions of how they use mathematics and science outside the classroom in an attempt to learn more about students' everyday mathematics and science practice. The knowledge of students' everyday…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Rural Schools, Student Attitudes, Scientific Principles
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Wang, Jing-Ru; Wang, Yuh-Chao; Tai, Hsin-Jung; Chen, Wen-Ju – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
This study examined the differential impacts of an inquiry-based instruction on conceptual changes across levels of prior knowledge and reading ability. The instrument emphasized four simultaneously important components: conceptual knowledge, reading ability, attitude toward science, and learning environment. Although the learning patterns and…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Scientific Concepts, Reading Ability, Language Proficiency
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Tabach, Michal; Barkai, Ruthi; Tsamir, Pessia; Tirosh, Dina; Dreyfus, Tommy; Levenson, Esther – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
According to reform documents, teachers are expected to teach proofs and proving in school mathematics. Research results indicate that high school students prefer verbal proofs to other formats. We found it interesting and important to examine the position of secondary school teachers with regard to verbal proofs. Fifty high school teachers were…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Number Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers
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Lee, Chun-Yi; Yuan, Yuan – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
This study explored gender differences in the relationship between young people's mathematics attitudes and their perceptions toward virtual manipulatives. Seven hundred eighty junior high school adolescents who participated in the problem-solving activity using virtual manipulatives were selected for examination. The study found the male…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Adolescents, Gender Differences, Mathematics Instruction
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Zeidan, Afif – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
The aims of the study were to investigate (a) the relationship between the attitudes toward biology and perceptions of the biology learning environment among grade 11 students in Tulkarm District, Palestine and (b) the effect of gender and residence of these students on their attitudes toward biology and on their perceptions of the biology…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Biology, Correlation, Foreign Countries
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Sun, Koun-Tem; Lin, Ching-Ling; Wang, Sheng-Min – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
The relative positions of the sun, moon, and earth, their movements, and their relationships are abstract and difficult to understand astronomical concepts in elementary school science. This study proposes a three-dimensional (3-D) virtual reality (VR) model named the "Sun and Moon System." This e-learning resource was designed by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Elementary School Science, Computer Simulation
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Giallousi, Maria; Gialamas, Vassilios; Spyrellis, Nicolas; Pavlatou, Evangelia A. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
This study describes the development and validation of a Greek-language instrument that can be used to assess grade 10 students' perceptions of their chemistry classroom environment as a means of showing differences between chemistry learning environments in Greece (Attica) and Cyprus. The development of the instrument was based on available…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Chemistry, Urban Areas, Effect Size
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Juuti, Kalle; Lavonen, Jari; Uitto, Anna; Byman, Reijo; Meisalo, Veijo – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
Students find science relevant to society, but they do not find school science interesting. This survey study analyzes Finnish grade 9 students' actual experiences with science teaching methods and their preferences for how they would like to study science. The survey data were collected from 3,626 grade 9 students (1,772 girls and 1,832 boys)…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Females, Creative Activities, Student Interests
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Bursal, Murat – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
This study investigated Turkish preservice, elementary teachers' personal mathematics teaching efficacy (PMTE), and science teaching efficacy (PSTE) beliefs at the end of their teacher education program. A majority of the participants believed they were well prepared to teach both elementary mathematics and science, but their PSTE scores were…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Self Efficacy, Gender Differences
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Coertjens, Liesje; Boeve-de Pauw, Jelle; De Maeyer, Sven; Van Petegem, Peter – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
The environmental agenda is gaining momentum as an international policy issue. This is reflected in an increase in environmental education research focussing on children's awareness and attitudes toward the environment. In this study, we focused on this issue from a school effectiveness perspective and evaluated (a) which student characteristics…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, School Effectiveness, Foreign Policy, Student Characteristics
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Moru, Eunice Kolitsoe; Persens, Jan; Breiteig, Trygve – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
This study investigated a gap that may have existed between students' expectations and perceptions of the 2007 Pre-Entry Science Program (PESP) cohort at the National University of Lesotho and factors that might have influenced these expectations and perceptions. Questionnaires and semi-structured interviews were used for data collection and…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Science Programs, Interviews, Effect Size
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Wu, Weishen; Chang, Huey-Por; Guo, Chorng-Jee – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2009
This study developed, validated, and utilized the Technology Integrated Classroom Inventory (TICI) to examine technology-integrated science learning environments as perceived by secondary school students and teachers. Using technology-oriented classroom climate instruments and considering the science classroom's characteristics, TICI was…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Grade 9, Classroom Environment, Secondary School Students
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Liu, Tzu-Chien; Lin, Yi-Chun; Tsai, Chin-Chung – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2009
Correlation is an essential concept in statistics; however, students may hold misconceptions about correlation, even after receiving instruction. This study aimed to elucidate (1) the misconceptions held by senior high school students about correlation, using the tool of concept mapping along with interviewing, (2) the possible causes of these…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, High Schools, Mathematical Concepts, Misconceptions
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