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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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Feyzioglu, Burak – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: In recent years, science curricula (chemistry, physics, biology, earth science, life science, etc.) in many countries have been prepared and applied according to the inquiry-based learning approach. Although the acquisition and application of the inquiry skills are one of the important objectives of the science curriculum, the inquiry…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Inquiry, Goal Orientation, Academic Achievement
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Baser, Derya; Ozden, M. Yasar; Karaarslan, Hasan – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: Blending collaborative learning and project-based learning (PBL) based on Wolff (2003) design categories, students interacted in a learning environment where they developed their technology integration practices as well as their technological and collaborative skills. Purpose: The study aims to understand how seventh grade students…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cooperative Learning, Active Learning, Student Projects
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Uçar, F. Melike; Sungur, Semra – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: Numerous studies have been conducted to investigate the factors related to science achievement. In these studies, the classroom goal structure perceptions, engagement, and self-efficacy of the students have emerged as important factors to be examined in relation to students' science achievement. Purpose: This study examines the…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Learner Engagement, Science Achievement, Goal Orientation
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Hashweh, Maher Z. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Density is difficult to learn and teach in middle schools. This study, hypothesizing that the density concept develops as part of a conceptual system, used a conceptual change approach to teaching density. The approach emphasized the use of multiple strategies to teach the density concept and the associated concepts in the conceptual…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Grade 7, Scientific Concepts
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Çil, Emine; Çepni, Salih – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: One of the most important goals of science education is to enable students to understand the nature of science (NOS). However, generally regular science teaching in classrooms does not help students improve informed NOS views. Purpose: This study investigated the influence of an explicit reflective conceptual change approach compared…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Concept Formation, Reflection
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Podschuweit, Sören; Bernholt, Sascha; Brückmann, Maja – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Complexity models have provided a suitable framework in various domains to assess students' educational achievement. Complexity is often used as the analytical focus when regarding learning outcomes, i.e. when analyzing written tests or problem-centered interviews. Numerous studies reveal negative correlations between the complexity of…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Interaction, Academic Achievement, Environmental Influences
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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