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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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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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Atasoy, Sengül; Ergin, Serap – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: A substantial review study of concept cartoons reports that few studies have indicated their functions. For this reason, the present study illuminates the extent to which concept cartoon-embedded worksheets (through constructivist context) accomplish these functions in conceptual learning. Purpose: The purpose of the study is to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 9, Cartoons, Teaching Methods
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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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Wagaba, Francis; Treagust, David F.; Chandrasegaran, A. L.; Won, Mihye – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Enhancing students' metacognitive abilities will help to facilitate their understanding of science concepts. Purpose: The study was designed to conduct and evaluate the effectiveness of a repertoire of interventions aimed at enhancing secondary school students' metacognitive capabilities and their achievements in science. Sample: A…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Scientific Concepts, Light, Teaching Methods
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Ram, Rajesh; France, Bev; Birdsall, Sally – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Research on biosecurity is important as New Zealand's agricultural export-driven economy is susceptible to biosecurity threats. Because New Zealand is reliant on the primary industries to drive its economy, bovine diseases such as foot and mouth could have a devastating effect on the economy. Purpose: Making sure that the general…
Descriptors: Biological Influences, Public Health, Communicable Diseases, Foreign Countries
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Raven, Sara – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background: Studies have shown that students' knowledge of osmosis and diffusion and the concepts associated with these processes is often inaccurate. This is important to address, as these concepts not only provide the foundation for more advanced topics in biology and chemistry, but are also threaded throughout both state and national science…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Knowledge Level, Molecular Structure, Biology
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Yeung, Yau-yuen; Li, Yufeng – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background: Students' daily-life experiences may render favorable effects on the students' affective domain like interest, enthusiasm, motivation, joy, curiosity, awareness, and eagerness to learn science as not commonly found in the classroom environment. However, no rigorous research has been reported on those aspects in Mainland China despite…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 9, Junior High School Students, Student Experience
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Telli, Sibel; den Brok, Perry; Cakiroglu, Jale – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine associations between Turkish high school students' perceptions of their science teachers' interpersonal behaviour and their attitudes towards science. Students' perceptions of the teacher-student interpersonal relationship were mapped with the Questionnaire on Teacher Interaction (QTI), which uses two…
Descriptors: Proximity, Student Attitudes, Science Teachers, Foreign Countries
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Calik, Muammer; Ayas, Alipasa; Ebenezer, Jazlin V. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
The study aims to demonstrate evidence of (a) students' conceptual change on solution rates; (b) students' sub-microscopic explanations of dissolution; and (c) retention of the concepts of solution rates. The sample consists of 44 Grade 9 students (18 boys and 26 girls) drawn purposively from two different classes (22 each) in the city of Trabzon,…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Logical Thinking, Concept Formation, Foreign Countries