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Meyer, Corlia; Guenther, Lars; Joubert, Marina – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: People's perceptions of scientists have repeatedly been investigated using the Draw-a-Scientist Test (DAST). The test is used to identify people's (stereotypical) images of scientists, which might affect attitudes towards science and science-related career choices. Purpose: The current study has two goals. (1) Applying the DAST at a…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Portraiture, Scientists, Stereotypes
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Mohd Shahali, Edy Hafizan; Halim, Lilia; Rasul, Mohamad Sattar; Osman, Kamisah; Mohamad Arsad, Nurazidawati – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Previous studies have reported the impact of integrated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based programmes on students' interest towards STEM, however, only few have tracked the longitudinal impact of such programmes across the years. Purpose: This study examined the long-term impact of the "Bitara-STEM:…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Student Interests, Middle School Students, Careers
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Wang, Ya-Ling; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Despite the growing body of research on self-efficacy, previous studies have failed to clarify exactly how it is constructed. Meanwhile, the literature indicates that, in Taiwan, junior high school students tend to show lower self-efficacy in learning science compared with elementary and senior high school students. Purpose: This study…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Junior High School Students, Science Instruction, Resilience (Psychology)
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Buckley, Jeffrey; Seery, Niall; Power, Jason; Phelan, Joseph – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Substantial research highlights the differences between scientific and technological knowledge. Considering that learning is heavily focused on the acquisition of knowledge, it is important to examine the individual and systematic implications of these types of knowledge. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the impact on…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Knowledge Level, Scientific and Technical Information, Instructional Effectiveness
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Dyrberg, Nadia Rahbek; Holmegaard, Henriette Tolstrup – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: The high rates of attrition in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programmes causes concern over a future shortage of graduates entering STEM careers. Students' first year experiences critically affect their motivation and are therefore also critical components of students' academic success in terms of retention,…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Self Determination, STEM Education, Foreign Countries
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Paš, Maja; Vogrinc, Janez; Raspor, Peter; Udovc Kneževic, Nada; Cehovin Zajc, Jožica – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Purpose: One area of science that will increasingly influence our society is biotechnology. An increasing number of modern biotechnological applications have provoked consideration of the ethical and social issues; therefore, it is important that the public is well-informed about them. Formal education in upper-secondary schools should help…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Biotechnology, Secondary School Science, Science Education
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Stagg, Bethan C.; Verde, Michael F. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Although plant reproduction is a core subject in school science curricula, botanical topics are typically unpopular with students. Integrating the arts into science subject matter has the potential to increase student interest and understanding. Educational theatre has shown particular promise in this area. Purpose: The study examined…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Plants (Botany), Interdisciplinary Approach, Theater Arts
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Cheah, Yin Hong; Chai, Ching Sing; Toh, Yancy – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Professional learning communities are increasingly recognized for their significance in building teachers' competencies for educational reform. However, the knowledge development cycle of technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) through multiple professional learning communities is not well researched. Purpose: This…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Technological Literacy, Faculty Development
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Iliaki, Georgia; Velentzas, Athanasios; Michailidi, Emily; Stavrou, Dimitris – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Research regarding students' ideas about the nature of sound reveals a variety of conceptions about sound. In order to reconstruct these ideas and explain sound phenomena, researchers' teaching interventions often make use of everyday-life contexts. However existing research on sound only partially addresses the correlation between the…
Descriptors: Acoustics, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Musical Instruments
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Schroeder, Meadow; McKeough, Anne; Graham, Susan A.; Norris, Stephen P. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Uncertainty is a crucial element of scientific knowledge growth. Students should have some understanding of how science knowledge is developed and why scientific conclusions are considered more or less certain than others. A component of the nature of science, it is considered an important aspect of science education and allows…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Scientific Principles, Grade 5, Grade 9
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Correia, Ana-Paula; Koehler, Natalya; Thompson, Ann; Phye, Gary – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: A multimedia software designed as a Computer-Assisted Scaffolding system was used to teach gas behavior on the submicroscopic level using Physics Education Technology Project (PhET) simulation. PhET is a set of interactive, research-based science and mathematics online simulations (https://phet. colorado.edu/). Purpose: The purpose was…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Computer Simulation, Computer Assisted Instruction, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Van De Heyde, Valentino; Siebrits, André – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Students' well preparedness for laboratory sessions is of importance for a number of reasons including them being able to engage in and learn from the session and in acquiring the necessary laboratory skills needed for the scientific community and for possible further work in industry. To enhance the preparedness of the students an…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Physics, Science Instruction, Blended Learning
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Irmak, Meltem; Tüzün, Özgül Yilmaz – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Understanding pre-service science teachers' (PSTs) perceived knowledge on a subject and teaching that subject is important to better prepare these teachers for their future career. Purpose: In this study, PSTs' perceived Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) on genetics and the contribution of the dimensions of perceived…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Technological Literacy
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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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