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Ramnarain, Umesh; Hlatshwayo, Manzini – South African Journal of Education, 2018
Despite growing consensus regarding the value of inquiry-based teaching and learning, the implementation of such a pedagogical practice continues to be a challenge for many South African teachers, especially at rural schools. The research reported in this article concerns the interaction between Grade 10 Physical Sciences teachers' beliefs about…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Teacher Attitudes, Active Learning, Inquiry
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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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Dudu, Washington T. – South African Journal of Education, 2014
The paper explores conceptions of the nature of scientific inquiry (NOSI) held by five teachers who were purposively and conveniently sampled. Teachers' conceptions of the NOSI were determined using a Probes questionnaire. To confirm teachers' responses, a semi-structured interview was conducted with each teacher. The Probes questionnaire was…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Creativity
Luera, Gail; Murray, Kent – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
A mixed methods research approach was used to investigate the impact of a geosciences research institute upon 62 science teachers' knowledge, beliefs, and teaching practices related to teaching the geosciences. Pre- and postinstitute quantitative and qualitative assessments revealed mixed results. Results of a quantitative measure found a…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Earth Science
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Lee, Hyunju; Longhurst, Max; Campbell, Todd – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This research investigated teacher learning and teacher beliefs in a two-year technology professional development (TPD) for teachers and its impact on their student achievement in science in the western part of the United States. Middle-school science teachers participated in TPD focused on information communication technologies (ICTs) and their…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Science Achievement, Science Instruction, Faculty Development
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van Aalderen-Smeets, Sandra I.; Walma van der Molen, Juliette H.; van Hest, Erna G. W. C. M.; Poortman, Cindy – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This study used an experimental, pretest-posttest control group design to investigate whether participation in a large-scale inquiry project would improve primary teachers' attitudes towards teaching science and towards conducting inquiry. The inquiry project positively affected several elements of teachers' attitudes. Teachers felt less anxious…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Inquiry, Pretests Posttests, Teacher Attitudes
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van Uum, Martina S. J.; Verhoeff, Roald P.; Peeters, Marieke – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This paper describes a multiple case study on open inquiry-based learning in primary schools. During open inquiry, teachers often experience difficulties in balancing support and transferring responsibility to pupils' own learning. To facilitate teachers in guiding open inquiry, we developed hard and soft scaffolds. The hard scaffolds consisted of…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Instruction, Independent Study, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Ogunkola, Babalola J.; Samuel, David – World Journal of Education, 2011
In 1997, a statement was released from the 18th CARICOM Heads of Government Conference which, in effect, linked the economic development of the Caribbean region and its competitive advantage to the science and technological capabilities of its citizens. There are some serious implications of this statement for the continued economic growth and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Science Curriculum
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Wong, Sissy S. – Journal of Education in Science, Environment and Health, 2016
Understanding teachers' beliefs is important because beliefs influence teacher decisions. In science, teacher beliefs have an impact on how science curriculum is interpreted and implemented in the classroom. With the push for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States, it is also critical to examine the…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Web Based Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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McKeown, Tammy R.; Abrams, Lisa M.; Slattum, Patricia W.; Kirk, Suzanne V. – Journal of Education in Science, Environment and Health, 2016
Inquiry-based instructional approaches are an effective means to actively engage students with science content and skills. This article examines the effects of an ongoing professional development program on middle and high school teachers' efficacy beliefs, confidence to teach research concepts and skills, and science content knowledge.…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers
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Rofe, Craig; Moeed, Azra; Anderson, Dayle; Bartholomew, Rex – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2016
School science aspires for students to develop conceptual, procedural and nature of science understandings as well as developing scientific literacy. Issues and complexities surrounding the development of science curriculum for Indigenous schools in New Zealand is a concern as little is known about these aspects of science learning in…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teacher Attitudes, Interviews, Scientific Literacy
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Lee, Soon Chun; Nugent, Gwen; Kunz, Gina M.; Houston, James; DeChenne-Peters, SueEllen – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2018
One major implication of the Next Generation Science Standards is the need to integrate inquiry and practice and incorporate engineering into science education. To support teachers' change efforts in a time of heightened science, technology, engineering, and mathematics standards for all students, effective professional development (PD) is…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Value Added Models, Distance Education, Coaching (Performance)
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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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Rutten, Nico; van der Veen, Jan T.; van Joolingen, Wouter R. – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
In this study we investigated the pedagogical context of whole-class teaching with computer simulations. We examined relations between the attitudes and learning goals of teachers and their students regarding the use of simulations in whole-class teaching, and how teachers implement these simulations in their teaching practices. We observed…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Computer Simulation, Statistical Analysis, Teaching Methods
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Mansour, Nasser – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Despite a growing consensus regarding the value of inquiry-based learning (IBL) for students' learning and engagement in the science classroom, the implementation of such practices continues to be a challenge. If science teachers are to use IBL to develop students' inquiry practices and encourage them to think and act as scientists, a better…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Scientists
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