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Klein, Judy L.; Riskin, Adrian – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2003
Designs and constructs a sundial for the purpose of observing the declination of the sun, thus marking solar seasonal variation. Discusses the design of a dial that emphasizes a working space for observations on solar declination and methods for determining the position of the nodus such that lines of declination can be observed every day of the…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Geometric Concepts, Mathematics Education, Physical Sciences
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Katz, William B. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2002
Uses excerpts from writings of great scientists and philosophers as handouts to supplement text and lectures on environmental science for nonscience majors requiring a laboratory course. (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Higher Education, Resource Materials, Science History
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Chun, Cecilia K. W.; Lam, Chi-Chung; Mak, S. Y. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2002
Illustrates some of the possible uses of the CCD camera in science teaching. Starts with the introduction of Flexcam which is a type of CCD camera used primarily by biology teachers and uses Flexcam to demonstrate observations and scientific skills in connection with the TV monitor. (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Demonstrations (Science), Educational Technology, High Schools, Photographic Equipment
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Trumper, Ricardo – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2002
Explains that thinking like a physicist involves an understanding of the scientific methods of inquiry and the ability to use these methods in investigations. Describes two simple experiments in which high school and college students measure physical constants and make an easy analysis of their experimental data by applying the tools offered by…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, High Schools, Higher Education
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Kumar, David D. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2001
Discusses computer-based approaches to balancing chemical equations. Surveys 13 methods, 6 based on matrix, 2 interactive programs, 1 stand-alone system, 1 developed in algorithm in Basic, 1 based on design engineering, 1 written in HyperCard, and 1 prepared for the World Wide Web. (Contains 17 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Computers, Educational Technology, Science Education
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Ramaswamy, Shri; Harris, Ilene; Tschirner, Ulrike – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2001
Reports the results of a pilot study in a senior paper science and engineering class of an innovative instructional method designed to foster student problem solving and in-depth learning of material, namely student peer teaching. Reviews literature focusing on active learning methods and describes the method for student peer teaching. (Author/SAH)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Educational Innovation, Engineering Education, Higher Education
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Bork, Alfred – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2001
Visualizes the future of learning and considers current and new paradigms concerning technology and learning. Recommends high interactive tutorial learning for very large numbers of students in distance learning situations. (Contains 17 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Murphy, Tony P. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2001
Introduces an online zoology course that was offered primarily to upper elementary and middle school teachers in which teachers were expected to take action to help the local amphibian population. (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Distance Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Environmental Education
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Matthews, Michael R. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2001
Discusses the extent to which contemporary science curricula include knowledge of the nature of science as a goal of science instruction. Outlines the crucial role played by the pendulum in the achievements of the scientific revolution and documents how little these achievements are acknowledged in standard textbooks. (Contains 31 references.)…
Descriptors: Educational Change, High Schools, Interdisciplinary Approach, Science Education
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Mallow, Jeffry V. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2001
Fully half of the curriculum at Roskilde University in Denmark is student-driven group research project work that is often interdisciplinary. Describes the practice of group project work in the sciences at RUC and evaluates implications for educational practice in the United States. (Author/SAH)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Group Instruction, Higher Education, Interaction
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Albe, Virginie; Venturini, Patrice; Lascours, Jean – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2001
Addresses the use of mathematics when studying the physics of electromagnetism. Focuses on common electromagnetic concepts and their associated mathematical representation and arithmetical tools. Concludes that most students do not understand the significant aspects of physical situations and have difficulty using relationships and models specific…
Descriptors: Electricity, Higher Education, Magnets, Mathematics Education
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Niaz, Mansoor – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2001
Illustrates how a novel problem of chemical equilibrium based on a closely related sequence of items can facilitate students' conceptual understanding. Students were presented with a chemical reaction in equilibrium to which a reactant was added as an external effect. Three studies were conducted to assess alternative conceptions. (Author/SAH)
Descriptors: Chemical Equilibrium, Chemical Reactions, Chemistry, Cognitive Processes
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Sadler, Philip M.; Gould, Roy R.; Leiker, P. Steven; Antonucci, Paul R. A.; Kimberk, Robert; Deutsch, Freeman S.; Hoffman, Beth; Dussault, Mary; Contos, Adam; Brecher, Kenneth; French, Linda – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2001
Introduces the MicroObservatory Network of automated telescopes which is designed to provide access to classroom teachers who wish their students to conduct projects over the World Wide Web. Allows students to take pictures with remote pointing and focusing telescopes. Encourages collaboration among schools. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Astronomy, Computer Software, Elementary Education, Science Activities
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Ebenezer, Jazlin V. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2001
Describes the characteristics and values of hypermedia for learning chemistry. Reports on how a hypermedia environment was used to explore a group of 11th grade chemistry students' conceptions of table salt dissolving in water. Indicates that a hypermedia environment can be used to explore, negotiate, and assess students' conceptions of…
Descriptors: Animation, Chemistry, Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning)
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Nachmias, Rafi; Tuvi, Inbal – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2001
Discusses science educators' interest in Web-based learning (WBL). Provides a classification scheme by which scientifically-oriented educational websites can be evaluated for content level. Presents an example of site evaluation in the field of atomic structure and discusses the potential embedded in this taxonomy to assist the web site developer,…
Descriptors: Classification, Computer Uses in Education, Evaluation Criteria, Higher Education
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