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Förtsch, Christian; Werner, Sonja; von Kotzebue, Lena; Neuhaus, Birgit J. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: Education Standards highlight the importance of conceptual knowledge. Instructional tasks play a key role in biology instruction and offer learning opportunities for students. Tasks contain of a content and a demands part. Therefore, complexity and cognitive level are adequate variables to describe tasks and are assumed effective for…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers
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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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Dierks, Pay O.; Höffler, Tim N.; Parchmann, Ilka – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2014
Background: Interest is assumed to be relevant for students' learning processes. Many studies have investigated students' interest in science; most of them however have not offered differentiated insights into the structure and elements of this interest. Purpose: The aim of this study is to obtain a precise image of secondary school students'…
Descriptors: Profiles, Science Interests, Student Interests, Secondary School Students