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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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Cruz-Guzmán, Marta; García-Carmona, Antonio; Criado, Ana M. – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
A qualitative study of an interpretative nature is presented of the topics that elementary pre-service teachers (EPTs) choose and the types of questions they propose when designing an experimental activity (ExA) as inquiry, after receiving explicit instruction about it. The participants in the study were 154 EPTs organised into small groups to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries, Preservice Teacher Education
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Greca, Ileana M. – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Several international reports promote the use of the inquiry teaching methodology for improvements in science education at elementary school. Nevertheless, research indicates that pre-service elementary teachers have insufficient experience with this methodology and when they try to implement it, the theory they learnt in their university…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Inquiry
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Oliver-Hoyo, Maria T.; Pinto, Gabriel; Llorens-Molina, Juan Antonio – Journal of Chemical Education, 2009
Two commercial self-heating food products have been used to apply chemical concepts such as stoichiometry, enthalpies of reactions and solutions, and heat transfer in a classroom activity. These products are the self-heating beverages sold in Europe and the Meals, Ready to Eat or MREs used primarily by the military in the United States. The main…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Chemistry, Heat, Teaching Methods
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Campo, Daniel; Garcia-Vazquez, Eva – Journal of Biological Education, 2008
Reconstructing phylogenies from nucleotide sequences is a challenge for students because it strongly depends on evolutionary models and computer tools that are frequently updated. We present here an inquiry-based course aimed at learning how to trace a phylogeny based on sequences existing in public databases. Computer tools are freely available…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Computer Assisted Instruction, Inquiry, Active Learning