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Delserieys, Alice; Jégou, Corinne; Boilevin, Jean-Marie; Ravanis, Konstantinos – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: This work is based on the idea that young children benefit from early introduction of scientific concepts. Few researches describe didactical strategies focusing on physics understanding for young children and analyse their effectiveness in standard classroom environments. Purpose: The aim is to identify whether didactical strategies…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Science Education, Scientific Concepts
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Sharpe, Rachael; Abrahams, Ian; Fotou, Nikolaos – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: In England, there is a growing need to improve the lives of secondary school students who are defined as disadvantaged and to support these students in their attainment and attitudes to secondary school science. Purpose: This paper reports on a project designed to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds by pairing them with…
Descriptors: Mentors, Disadvantaged Youth, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Bellová, Renata; Melichercíková, Danica; Tomcík, Peter – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: The results of international studies have concluded the low level of science literacy in natural science subjects of Slovak students. These studies also showed that this state can be positively influenced by various innovations, which are implemented into the teaching process of above-mentioned subjects. Purpose: The aim of this study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Natural Sciences, Secondary School Students
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Ruiz-Gallardo, José-Reyes; Paños, Esther – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: Microorganisms are very important in day-to-day life, but they are inadequately addressed in the Spanish educational system. It is essential that students are well informed about their characteristics and functions. Purpose: The study aims to find out primary school students' perceptions of microorganisms and to analyze whether…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Knowledge Level
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Coll, Sandhya Devi; Coll, Richard Kevin – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: Recent research and curriculum reforms have indicated the need for diversifying teaching approaches by drawing upon student interest and engagement in ways which makes learning science meaningful. Purpose: This study examines the integration of informal/free choice learning which occurred during learning experiences outside school…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Blended Learning, Informal Education
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John, Merlin; Molepo, Jacob Maisha; Chirwa, Max – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: The development of context-based science curricula has been identified as one of the most effective curricular innovations to develop interest and better conceptual understanding of many areas in science. However, such a curriculum can be more fruitful if it starts with the assessment of learners' contextualized knowledge about the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries, Grade 11
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Zohar, Anat; Alboher Agmon, Vered – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Purpose: This study investigates how senior science teachers viewed the effects of a Raising Test Scores policy and its implementation on instruction of higher order thinking (HOT), and on teaching thinking to students with low academic achievements. Background: The study was conducted in the context of three concurrent policies advocating: (a)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Junior High Schools
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Temel, Senar; Sen, Senol; Özcan, Özgür – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: Determining individuals' views of the nature of science is quite important for researchers since it is both a component of scientific literacy and a fundamental aim of science education. Purpose: This study aims to develop a NOSvs for assessing prospective teachers' views of the nature of science and to analyse their psychometric…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Test Construction, Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes
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Laux, Katie – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: Incorporating student voice into the science classroom has the potential to positively impact science teaching and learning. However, students are rarely consulted on school and classroom matters. This literature review examines the effects of including student voice in the science classroom. Purpose: The purpose of this literature…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Periodicals
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Ayyildiz, Yildizay; Tarhan, Leman – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: Problem-based learning (PBL) as a teaching strategy has recently become quite widespread in especially chemistry classes. Research has found that students, from elementary through college, have many alternative conceptions regarding "enthalpy changes in systems." Although there are several studies focused on identifying…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Pretests Posttests
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Emvalotis, Anastassios; Koutsianou, Athina – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: A growing interest in student's perceptions of scientists has been identified in the literature, relying on the argument that stereotypical perceptions of scientists may affect student attitudes towards science and their willingness to pursue a science-related career. Thus, over the past 30 years, many studies have investigated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Scientists
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Cukurova, Mutlu; Bennett, Judith; Abrahams, Ian – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: Recently, there is a growing interest in independent learning approaches globally. This is, at least in part, due to an increased demand for so-called "21st century skills" and the potential of independent learning to improve student skills to better prepare them for the future. Purpose: This paper reports a study that…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Learning Strategies, Undergraduate Students, Chemistry
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Johansson, Annie-Maj; Wickman, Per-Olof – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Purpose: This study examines how different purposes can support teachers in their work with progressions as a part of a teaching sequences in science in primary school. Design/Method: The study was carried out in two classes working with inquiry and the events that took place in the classroom were filmed. In the study, we have chosen to use the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Science Teachers
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Looi, Chee-Kit; Sun, Daner; Kim, Mi Song; Wen, Yun – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background and purpose: To date, there has been little research on the Teacher Professional Development (TPD) for delivering a mobile technology-supported science curriculum. To address this, a TPD model for a science curriculum supported by mobile technology was developed and evaluated in this paper. The study reported focuses on the…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Telecommunications, Educational Technology, Handheld Devices
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Türk, Cumhur; Kalkan, Hüseyin – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of using 'hands-on' models (HOMs) to teach the subject of seasons--a topic about which students often have misconceptions--on students' expressed models. To this end, three different HOMs were developed. The study sample consisted of 80 seventh graders (ages 12-13). The study had a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Astronomy, Hands on Science, Middle School Students
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