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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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Sakiz, Gonul – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: In recent research, affective learning environments and affective support have been receiving increasing attention for their roles in stimulating students' learning outcomes. Despite its raising importance, little is known about affective support in educational contexts in developing countries. Moreover, international student…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Affective Behavior, Correlation, Teacher Influence
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Chen, Shin-Feng – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: Reading is an interactive and constructive process of making meaning by engaging a variety of materials and sources and by participating in reading communities at school or in daily life. Aim: The purpose of this study was to explore the factors affecting digital reading literacy among upper-elementary school students. Method: A…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Literacy, Electronic Publishing, Socioeconomic Influences
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Blankenburg, Janet S.; Höffler, Tim N.; Peters, Heide; Parchmann, Ilka – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Science Olympiads and science fairs are effective instruments to foster interested and talented students. However, at most schools competitions are not systematically integrated into the school mission statement so that students are unaware of these opportunities. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness…
Descriptors: Science Fairs, Competition, Grade 6, Self Determination
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Marulcu, Ismail; Barnett, Michael – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Elementary Science Education is struggling with multiple challenges. National and State test results confirm the need for deeper understanding in elementary science education. Moreover, national policy statements and researchers call for increased exposure to engineering and technology in elementary science education. The basic…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Education, Teaching Methods, Mixed Methods Research
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Howe, Christine; Taylor Tavares, Joana; Devine, Amy – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Even infants can recognize whether patterns of motion are or are not natural, yet an acknowledged challenge for science education is to promote adequate reasoning about such patterns. Since research indicates linkage between the conceptual bases of recognition and reasoning, it seems possible that recognition can be engaged to support…
Descriptors: Science Education, Computer Simulation, Infants, Foreign Countries
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Lin, Show-Yu; Wu, Ming-Ta; Cho, Ya-I; Chen, Hui-Huang – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background: Nanotechnology education has become an urgent priority to nurture skilled human resources for the rapidly developing nanotechnology-related industries. The promotion of popular science education focusing on nanotechnology is an ideal approach to bridge the gaps in formal curricula, and to stimulate curiosity about and interest in…
Descriptors: Molecular Structure, Technology, Program Effectiveness, Elementary Schools
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Kablan, Zeynel – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2014
Background: Cooperative learning activities provide active participation of students leading to better learning. The literature suggests that cooperative learning activities need to be structured for a more effective and productive interaction. Purpose: This study aimed to test the differences among three instructional conditions in terms of…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Peer Evaluation, Cooperative Learning, Grade 5
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Hadjiachilleos, Stella; Valanides, Nicos; Angeli, Charoula – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2013
Background: Cognitive conflict has been identified as an important factor for bringing about students' conceptual change. Researchers draw attention to the need to study not only cognitive factors related to cognitive conflict but affective factors as well. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the contribution of cognitive…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Concept Formation, Scientific Concepts, Semi Structured Interviews
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Avraamidou, Lucy – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2013
Background: Reform recommendations around the world call for an understanding about the nature of science and the work of scientists. However, related research findings provide evidence that students hold stereotypical views of scientists and the nature of their work. Purpose: The aim of this case study was to examine the impact of an intervention…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientists, Stereotypes, Elementary School Students
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MacDonald, Dougal; Gustafson, Brenda J.; Gentilini, Shannon – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2007
This research project involved viewing elementary children's (ages 8-10) design technology drawing through a theoretical perspective developed by analyzing professional drawing practice. The perspective places more emphasis on the generative aspect of drawing as well as on the use of different types of drawings at different stages of design. The…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Grade 3, Grade 4