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Maass, Katja; Engeln, Katrin – Journal of Education and Training Studies, 2018
Although well researched in educational studies, inquiry-based learning, a student-centred way of teaching, is far away from being implemented in day-to-day science and mathematics teaching on a large scale. It is a challenge for teachers to adopt this new way of teaching in an often not supportive school context. Therefore it is important to…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Inquiry, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries
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Kreuzer, Pia; Dreesmann, Daniel – Journal of Biological Education, 2017
The aim of this study was to design and evaluate an inquiry- and activity-based learning unit for the classroom that uses biological collections to teach key evolutionary concepts and to support the understanding and appreciation of the work of a museum. The unit consisted of three parts that focused on the most important tasks of museums:…
Descriptors: Museums, Biology, Science Instruction, Units of Study
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Stender, Anita; Schwichow, Martin; Zimmerman, Corinne; Härtig, Hendrik – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Many science curricula and standards emphasise that students should learn both scientific knowledge and the skills associated with the construction of this knowledge. One way to achieve this goal is to use inquiry-learning activities that embed the use of science process skills. We investigated the influence of scientific reasoning skills (i.e.…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Instruction, Cognitive Ability, Teaching Methods
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Bruckermann, Till; Aschermann, Ellen; Bresges, André; Schlüter, Kirsten – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
Promoting preservice science teachers' experimentation competency is required to provide a basis for meaningful learning through experiments in schools. However, preservice teachers show difficulties when experimenting. Previous research revealed that cognitive scaffolding promotes experimentation competency by structuring the learning process,…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Teacher Education
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Schmid, S.; Bogner, F. X. – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
Three subscales of the "Science Motivation Questionnaire II" (SMQII; motivational components: career motivation, self-efficacy and self-determination), with 4 items each, were applied to a sample of 209 secondary school students to monitor the impact of a 3-hour structured inquiry lesson. Four testing points (before, immediately after, 6…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Self Efficacy, Career Development
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Sturm, Heike; Sturm, Gerd; Bogner, Franz X. – World Journal of Education, 2011
Bird flight and lift in general is a complex subject which is also difficult to teach in a classroom. In order to support the teaching of this curriculum-based subject, an interactive exhibit to demonstrate aerodynamic aspects of objects has been developed, implemented and evaluated with 262 middle school students. The empirical evaluation…
Descriptors: Models, Exhibits, Middle School Students, Semantic Differential
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Strippel, C. G.; Sommer, K. – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Learning about scientific inquiry (SI) is an important aspect of scientific literacy and there is a solid international consensus of what should be learned about it. Learning about SI comprises both the doing of science (process) and knowledge about the nature of scientific inquiry (NOSI). German reform documents promote inquiry generally but do…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Chemistry, Scientific Principles
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Forbes, Cory; Lange, Kim; Möller, Kornelia; Biggers, Mandy; Laux, Mira; Zangori, Laura – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
To help explain the differences in students' performance on internationally administered science assessments, cross-national, video-based observational studies have been advocated, but none have yet been conducted at the elementary level for science. The USA and Germany are two countries with large formal education systems whose students…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Video Technology, Elementary School Science
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Arnold, Julia Caroline; Kremer, Kerstin; Mayer, Jürgen – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
Inquiry learning is a widely recognized method for fostering inquiry competence in science education. Nevertheless, there is discussion about how to best support students while working on inquiry tasks (in this case: experiments on causal relationships). To identify the kind of support students need in order to design experiments in upper grades,…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Science Instruction, Science Experiments
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Bell, Thorsten; Urhahne, Detlef; Schanze, Sascha; Ploetzner, Rolf – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
Collaborative inquiry learning is one of the most challenging and exciting ventures for today's schools. It aims at bringing a new and promising culture of teaching and learning into the classroom where students in groups engage in self-regulated learning activities supported by the teacher. It is expected that this way of learning fosters…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Interests, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods