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Thomas, Rebecca L.; Fellowes, Mark D. E. – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
It has been suggested that few students graduate with the skills required for many ecological careers, as field-based learning is said to be in decline in academic institutions. Here, we asked if mobile technology could improve field-based learning, using ability to identify birds as the study metric. We divided a class of ninety-one undergraduate…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices
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Blackmore, Karen; Howard, Colin; Kington, Alison – European Journal of Teacher Education, 2018
This study took place within an environment of educational change in teaching and assessment in the UK, where the National Curriculum (NC) and National External Examination syllabi undertook significant revision. Science education specifically, has seen aspiration raised to allow pupils to achieve a greater depth of understanding at Key Stage 4…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Questionnaires, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Education
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Philip, Judith M. D.; Taber, Keith S. – Journal of Biological Education, 2016
School science practical activities have been criticised for exposing learners to a series of phenomena disconnected from the conceptual frameworks needed to understand them. Such activities are successful in the "domain of observables" but not the "domain of ideas". Few resources exist for classroom teachers wishing to improve…
Descriptors: Biology, Inquiry, Active Learning, Hands on Science
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Shirazi, Shaista – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This paper presents the findings of a two-phase mixed methods research study that explores the link between experiences of school science of post-16 students and their decisions to take up science for their higher studies. In the first phase, students aged 16-17 (n = 569) reflected on the past five years of their school science experience in a…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Mixed Methods Research, Science Instruction, Longitudinal Studies
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Sheldrake, Richard – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Understanding students' intentions to study science at upper-secondary school, at university, and to follow science careers continues as a central concern for international science education. Prior research has highlighted that students' science confidence has been associated with their intentions to study science further, although…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science
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Alexiadou, Nafsika; Essex, Jane – European Journal of Teacher Education, 2016
This article draws on research in one teacher education course in England and examines the ways in which the programme prepares student-teachers for inclusive practice in science teaching. We frame our analysis by drawing on aspects of institutional mediation of official policy in teacher education, as well as theories around inclusion and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs, Inclusion, Educational Policy
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Howe, Christine; Ilie, Sonia; Guardia, Paula; Hofmann, Riikka; Mercer, Neil; Riga, Fran – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
In response to continuing concerns about student attainment and participation in science and mathematics, the "epiSTEMe" project took a novel approach to pedagogy in these two disciplines. Using principles identified as effective in the research literature (and combining these in a fashion not previously attempted), the project developed…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, STEM Education, Scientific Concepts
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Ryder, Jim; Banner, Indira – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
We examine teachers' experiences of a major reform of the school science curriculum for 14-16-year olds in England. This statutory reform enhances the range of available science courses and emphasises the teaching of socio-scientific issues and the nature of science, alongside the teaching of canonical science knowledge. This paper examines…
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Semi Structured Interviews
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Evagorou, Maria; Dillon, Justin; Viiri, Jouni; Albe, Virginie – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2015
A number of reports recently identify that the quality of science education in a number of European countries is lower than expected. One of the reasons for the apparent underachievement in this generally economically prosperous continent might be a pedagogy of science that lacks variety, or a pedagogy that is less engaging than other subjects.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs, Cross Cultural Studies, Science Education
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Taber, Keith S.; Tsaparlis, Georgios; Nakiboglu, Canan – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
Previous research has reported that students commonly develop alternative conceptions in the core topic of chemical bonding. Research in England has reported that students there commonly demonstrate an alternative "molecular" conceptual framework for thinking about ionic bonding: in terms of the formation of molecule-like ions pairs…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Foreign Countries, National Curriculum, Science Education
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Lindemann-Matthies, Petra; Constantinou, Costas; Lehnert, Hans-Joachim; Nagel, Ueli; Raper, George; Kadji-Beltran, Chrysanthi – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
This multinational research study was carried out between 2004 and 2006 in four teacher education institutions in Cyprus, England, Switzerland, and Germany. With the help of a written questionnaire, the confidence and perceived competence of preservice primary teachers (N = 690) to deliver biodiversity education in school were investigated. Data…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Recreational Activities
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Ryder, Jim; Banner, Indira – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
In the context of a major reform of the school science curriculum for 14-16-year-olds in England, we examine the aims ascribed to the reform, the stakeholders involved, and the roles of differing values and authority in its development. This reform includes an emphasis on socioscientific issues and the nature of science; curriculum trends of…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Scientific Principles, Educational Change
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Colclough, Nicholas Denys; Lock, Roger; Soares, Allan – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
This study focussed on secondary school (11-18 years) pre-service teachers' (n = 73) knowledge of and attitudes towards risks associated with alpha, beta, and gamma radiations. A multi-method approach was used with physics, chemistry, biology, and history graduates undertaking the one-year initial teacher training, Post Graduate Certificate in…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Knowledge Level, Graduates, Physics
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Newton, Lynn D.; Newton, Douglas P. – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
Teachers are often urged to nurture creativity but their conceptions of creativity in specific school subjects may have limitations which weaken their attempts to do so. Primary school teachers in England were asked to rate lesson activities according to the opportunity they offered children for creative thought in science. The teachers could,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Creativity, Science Activities, Foreign Countries
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Byrne, Jenny; Grace, Marcus – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
Concept mapping is a technique used to provide a visual representation of an individual's ideas about a concept or set of related concepts. This paper describes a concept mapping tool using a photograph association technique (CoMPAT) that is considered to be a novel way of eliciting children's ideas. What children at 11 years of age know about…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Photography, Science Instruction, Visual Stimuli
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