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Tirre, Frederike; Kampschulte, Lorenz; Thoma, Gun-Brit; Höffler, Tim; Parchmann, Ilka – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: This article describes the design and the evaluation of a student lab program on the topic of nanoscience and technology (NST), mainly focusing on Nanoscience and its applications. The program was designed for students in grades 8-10 and was part of a larger outreach program of the Collaborative Research Center 'Function by Switching'…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Design, Science Laboratories, Intervention
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Chua, Jia Xun; Tan, Aik-Ling; Ramnarain, Umesh – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Nature of Science (NOS) is defined to be the epistemology of science, and comprised of distinctive defining aspects. The representation of these NOS aspects in school science textbooks is likely to affect how students understand NOS. Representation of NOS aspects can differ between topics even within the same textbook and these topical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Principles, Textbooks, Biology
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Williams, P. John; Otrel-Cass, Kathrin – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: Inquiry learning in science provides authentic and relevant contexts in which students can create knowledge to solve problems, make decisions and find solutions to issues in today's world. The use of electronic networks can facilitate this interaction, dialogue and sharing, and adds a new dimension to classroom pedagogy. Purpose: This…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Case Studies
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Sadi, Ozlem; Lee, Min-Hsien – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background: The conceptions of learning have a deep effect on the learning process, and accordingly on learning outcomes. Some researchers emphasize that conceptions of learning are domain-dependent and there should be more research in different domains (e.g. science, literature) to enhance students' understanding of conceptions of learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Science Instruction, Grade 10
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Loh, Adrian Sin Loy; Subramaniam, R.; Tan, Kim Chwee Daniel – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2014
Background: The development of two-tier multiple-choice questions has permitted the diagnosis of students' understanding on various topics in the sciences as well as helped to ascertain the alternative conceptions they have. A limitation of two-tier diagnostic instruments that has been noted in the literature, but which has not been…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, High School Students, Knowledge Level, Student Attitudes
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Liou, Pey-Yan; Kuo, Pei-Jung – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2014
Background: Few studies have examined students' attitudinal perceptions of technology. There is no appropriate instrument to measure senior high school students' motivation and self-regulation toward technology learning among the current existing instruments in the field of technology education. Purpose: The present study is to validate an…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, High School Students, Technology Education, Measures (Individuals)
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Al khawaldeh, Salem A. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2013
Background and Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the comparative effects of a prediction/discussion-based learning cycle (HPD-LC), conceptual change text (CCT) and traditional instruction on 10th grade students' understanding of genetics concepts. Sample: Participants were 112 10th basic grade male students in three classes of…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Biology