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Harrison, Mark – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Practical work is widely seen as a necessary part of a good physics education, but convincing evidence that it impacts positively on pupils' learning is scarce. Recent work suggests the use of talk and discussion might hold the key to making practical work more educationally productive. Purpose: The research question that this study…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Wheeldon, R.; Atkinson, R.; Dawes, A.; Levinson, R. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2012
Background and purpose: Chemistry examinations can favour the deployment of algorithmic procedures like Le Chatelier's Principle (LCP) rather than reasoning using chemical principles. This study investigated the explanatory resources which high school students use to answer equilibrium problems and whether the marks given for examination answers…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Chemistry, Kinetics, Science Instruction
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Allen, Michael – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2011
Questionnaire and interview findings from a survey of three Year 8 (ages 12-13 years) science practical lessons (n = 52) demonstrate how pupils' data collection and inference making were sometimes biased by desires to confirm a personal theory. A variety of behaviours are described where learners knowingly rejected anomalies, manipulated…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Low Income Groups, Surveys, Foreign Countries
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Cleaves, Anna; Toplis, Rob – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
The practices and justifications of 15 pre-service science teachers in using ICT were explored by survey, observation and interview. Interactive whiteboards are frequently employed, although predominantly as projection screens for presentations, whilst datalogging and spreadsheets are used infrequently. Trainees incorporate ICT to enhance pupil…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Educational Technology, Teacher Surveys