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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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Rayner-Canham, Geoff; Rayner-Canham, Marelene – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Though guided-inquiry learning, discovery learning, student-centered learning, and problem-based learning are commonly believed to be recent new approaches to the teaching of chemistry, in fact, the concept dates back to the late 19th century. Here, we will show that it was the British chemist, Henry Armstrong, who pioneered this technique,…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational History
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Danielsson, Anna; Warwick, Paul – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
Previous research has highlighted challenges associated with embracing an inquiry approach to science teaching for primary teachers, often associating these challenges with insecurity linked to the lack of content knowledge. We argue that in order to understand the extent to which primary student teachers are able to embrace science teaching…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers
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Anastopoulou, Stamatina; Sharples, Mike; Ainsworth, Shaaron; Crook, Charles; O'Malley, Claire; Wright, Michael – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
In this paper, a novel approach to engaging students in personal inquiry learning is described, whereby they carry out scientific investigations that are personally meaningful and relevant to their everyday lives. The learners are supported by software that guides the inquiry process, extending from the classroom into the school grounds, home, or…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Science Instruction, Inquiry
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Wong, Siu Ling; Hodson, Derek – International Journal of Science Education, 2010
This research study sought to identify prominent features of the nature of science (NOS) embedded in authentic scientific inquiry. Fourteen well-established scientists from different parts of the world, working in experimental or theoretical research, in both traditional fields such as astrophysics and rapidly growing research fields such as…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientists, Inquiry, Scientific Research
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Haworth, Claire M. A.; Dale, Philip; Plomin, Robert – International Journal of Science Education, 2008
We investigated for the first time the genetic and environmental aetiology behind scientific achievement in primary school children, with a special focus on possible aetiological differences for boys and girls. For a representative community sample of 2,602 twin pairs assessed at age nine years, scientific achievement in school was rated by…
Descriptors: Twins, Genetics, Environmental Influences, Elementary School Students
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Warwick, Paul; Siraj-Blatchford, John – International Journal of Science Education, 2006
The development of a science education that includes a focus upon the nature of science suggests the need for "pedagogic tools" that can be used to engage children with the procedural understandings that are central to the scientific approach to enquiry. This paper reports on a collaborative action research project that focused on the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Action Research, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students