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Volkwyn, T. S.; Airey, J.; Gregorcic, B.; Linder, C. – Learning: Research and Practice, 2020
A social semiotic lens is used to characterise aspects of representational competence for a discipline such as physics, to provide science teachers with a practical suggestion about how student learning might be organised to develop representational competence. We suggest that representational competence for some areas of science can be…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Science Teachers, Competence
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Adams, Jonathon; Chin, Tan Ying; Tan, Poh Hiang – Learning: Research and Practice, 2020
This paper was part of a larger study to examine one primary and one secondary teacher's classroom. The study analysed the classroom discourse to describe the types of interaction and illustrate how the teachers used talk moves to mediate talk for learning science around visual representations (VRs). The study employed ethnographic approaches to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Classroom Communication
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Tytler, Russell; Ferguson, Joseph; White, Peta – Learning: Research and Practice, 2020
Increasingly, learning in science and mathematics is considered in terms of induction into the multimodal language practices of the disciplinary community. A strong strand of research in this tradition has involved students being challenged to invent multimodal language forms, and their ideas refined through structured guidance. Often, however,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Inquiry, Teaching Methods
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Nielsen, Wendy; Turney, Annette; Georgiou, Helen; Jones, Pauline – Learning: Research and Practice, 2020
A "digital explanation" is a science learning task where learners explain science content to non-expert others, in this case, the learners are primary preservice teachers [PST] in a science methods class. In the task, PST are assigned a prompt based on science content from the New South Wales K-6 syllabus and generate or source multiple…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Technology Uses in Education
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Yeo, Jennifer; Wong, Wai Lit; Tan, Daniel K. C.; Ong, Yann Shiou; Delserieys Pedregosa, Alice – Learning: Research and Practice, 2020
Science teachers often use visual images to help students visualise the abstract concepts of science. Yet, they may not support students in making sense of these visual representations, wrongly assuming that the students can intuitively do it on their own. Pre- and in-service teacher professional development programmes also seldom explicitly teach…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Teaching Methods
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Cheng, Maurice M. W.; Danielsson, Kristina; Lin, Angel M. Y. – Learning: Research and Practice, 2020
This paper examines the roles of multimodality and thematic patterns in the teaching of the particle model of matter. Although the particle model is a fundamental topic in science education, there is no consensus on (1) whether or not the model should be introduced in early grades and (2) how to introduce the model to students for the very first…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Learning Modalities, Grade 3
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Soysal, Yilmaz – Learning: Research and Practice, 2020
This study presents an in-depth exploration of the types of discursive functions of teacher questioning and the potential cognitive correspondences embedded in the questioning. The participants were a science teacher and his class of 26 sixth-grade students who were engaged in an immersion science inquiry activity. The major data source was a…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level, Questioning Techniques
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Järvenoja, Hanna; Malmberg, Jonna; Järvelä, Sanna; Näykki, Piia; Kontturi, Heikki – Learning: Research and Practice, 2019
This study explores fluctuation in students' emotional state and motivational goals during a learning project that requires self-regulation. The research asks the following questions: (1) How do students' emotional state and motivational goal fluctuate between the gStudy learning sessions during a two-month project? (2) How do students with…
Descriptors: Emotional Response, Student Motivation, Student Projects, Elementary School Students
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Svihla, Vanessa; Wester, Michael J.; Linn, Marcia C. – Learning: Research and Practice, 2018
This study is inspired by laboratory studies demonstrating that distributing study sessions over time better supports learning and retention than clustering sessions. We compare two implementations of a multi-day inquiry science unit: in the clustered instruction condition, students completed an inquiry unit in five consecutive class periods. In…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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Thang, Fong Kwan; Koh, Joyce Hwee Ling – Learning: Research and Practice, 2017
A secondary school in Singapore incorporated twenty-first century learning into their science curriculum through an inquiry-based Integrated Science module. This study examines Secondary 2 students' perceptions of twenty-first century learning through this module. Through pre- and post-study surveys of 227 students and focus group interviews with…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Science Instruction, Independent Study
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Rutten, Nico; van Joolingen, Wouter R.; van der Veen, Jan T. – Learning: Research and Practice, 2016
Going beyond simply measuring the effectiveness of a teaching approach with computer simulations during whole-class science instruction, we investigated the interaction between teachers and their students as well as searched for mechanisms in the pedagogical context related to teachers' implementation of the intervention. Our quasi-experimental…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Intervention, Computer Simulation, Class Activities