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Bravo González, Paulina; Reiss, Michael J. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2023
Background: There is a growing view that 'Big Ideas of science education' are useful for teaching science but there is not much knowledge of how teachers work with them. Purpose: This study explores the conceptualisation and practice of the use of Big Ideas of science education by primary and secondary teachers in Chile. Sample: A total of 63…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers
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Loughlin, Wendy A.; Whiteford, Chrystal M.; Geelan, David R.; Brown, Raymond A. J. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2023
Background: This study explored the challenges around enacting change in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subject at an Australian higher education institution and examined key elements required to ensure change. Purpose: The purpose of the study was to examine the barriers and levers driving change during the…
Descriptors: Barriers, Affordances, Educational Change, STEM Education
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Earle, Sarah; Turner, Jane – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2023
Background: An earlier article in this journal provided a mapping of primary science teacher assessment practices in England using teacher reflections written for Round 4 of the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM). Purpose: In the intervening years, the National Curriculum and statutory assessment system of levels has been replaced with a system…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Science Education, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries
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Lamminpää, Jaakko; Vesterinen, Veli-Matti; Puutio, Katja – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2023
Background: Draw-A-Scientist Test (DAST) has been one of the most used instruments to study conceptions of scientists and science. It has been especially useful for charting the conceptions of younger children who might lack the skills to express themselves in writing. However, recent studies suggest that instead of children's conceptions of the…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Cartoons, Scientific Attitudes, Evaluation Methods
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Yilmaz, Melek Merve; Sigirtmaç, Ayperi – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2023
Background: One of the technologies that can be used to enhance the education process is digital stories. Digital stories can be used for different purposes due to their benefits to the education process. When the research conducted on higher levels of education has been examined, it has been determined that the use of digital stories in science…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Story Telling, Preschool Education, Science Education
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Peikos, George; Spyrtou, Anna; Pnevmatikos, Dimitris; Papadopoulou, Penelope – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2023
Background: It is stated that it is necessary that students develop their nanoliteracy in order to come up with everyday issues arising from Nanoscale Science and Technology (NST) applications, taking informed decisions and estimating the potential risks and benefits. Even though the inclusion of NST in compulsory education is supported by many…
Descriptors: Science Education, Technology Education, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Attitudes
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Arnold, Julia C.; Mühling, Andreas; Kremer, Kerstin – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2023
Background: Scientific thinking is an essential learning goal of science education and it can be fostered by inquiry learning. One important prerequisite for scientific thinking is procedural understanding. Procedural understanding is the knowledge about specific steps in scientific inquiry (e.g. formulating hypotheses, measuring dependent and…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Inquiry, Active Learning, Science Education
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Liu, Gang; Fang, Ning – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2023
Background: A solid conceptual understanding is essential for students to succeed in all academic disciplines. Student misconceptions are correlated with their poor academic performance and high attrition rates. It is especially important to correct student misconceptions in science-based undergraduate engineering mechanics courses that cover…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Misconceptions, Error Correction, Energy
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Hadjilouca, R.; Papadouris, N.; Constantinou, C. P. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2023
Background: Developing upper secondary school students' understanding of the nature of science and technology are important priorities in educational systems worldwide. More research is needed to better understand the conditions under which teaching and learning of epistemological insights become possible, as well as the tools that are necessary…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Sciences, Technology, Science Education
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Silva, Maria João – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2023
Background: To contribute to smart, inclusive, sustainable, and multisensory practices in science education, this paper presents research that studied the use of electronic sensors by children to address a sound pollution problem in their school. A didactic sequence was specifically designed and implemented to that purpose. Participants: The…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Acoustics, Pollution
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Chan, Kennedy Kam Ho – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2023
Background: Effective science teaching requires a specialised body of knowledge. Researchers have recognised the importance of understanding the incoming knowledge that pre-service science teachers (PSTs) bring to their initial teacher education. However, although many studies have focused on PSTs' declarative knowledge or the knowledge that…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers
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Chew, Chun Ming; Ng, Law Yong; Mah, Shee-Keat; Ng, Yee-Sern – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2023
Background: One of the many challenges faced by universities in developing countries is to equip graduates with practical skills and knowledge for the demanding workforce. The traditional textbook-oriented lecture lacks up-to-date industrial practices. Purpose: This study highlights the development of a university-industry collaboration model for…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Elective Courses, Undergraduate Students, College Faculty
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Zhao, Guoqing; Zhao, Rongchi; Li, Xinyuan; Duan, Yanyan; Long, Taotao – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2023
Background: As a fundamental approach to fostering students' scientific literacy, argumentation has received more and more attention from science researchers and educators. Preservice science teachers' (PSTs) abilities to both construct and evaluate arguments are fundamental to their future science teaching. Research combining these two aspects of…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Foreign Countries, Persuasive Discourse
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Nguyen, Hoang Bao Ngoc; Hong, Jon-Chao; Chen, Mei-Lien; Ye, Jhen-Ni; Tsai, Chi-Ruei – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2023
Background: Hands-on activities and makerspaces have rapidly gained popularity in recent years. One of the reasons for this is that they have the potential to stimulate interest and identity development in STEM or STEAM. Taiwan has organized many technology and science competitions for students to raise their interest and creativity in the past…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries, Self Efficacy
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So, Winnie Wing Mui – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2023
Background: STEM education and research are increasingly emphasized by governments worldwide to foster national development and productivity, economic competitiveness and societal wellbeing. There is no exception in Hong Kong, with its desire to promote STEM education and to strengthen Innovation and Technology development in the future. Purpose:…
Descriptors: Computation, Technology Uses in Education, STEM Education, Science Projects
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