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Yoon, Susan A.; Koehler-Yom, Jessica; Anderson, Emma; Lin, Joyce; Klopfer, Eric – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background: This exploratory study is part of a larger-scale research project aimed at building theoretical and practical knowledge of complex systems in students and teachers with the goal of improving high school biology learning through professional development and a classroom intervention. Purpose: We propose a model of adaptive expertise to…
Descriptors: Science Education, Secondary School Science, Science Teachers, High School Students
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Naugah, Jayantee; Watts, Mike – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2013
Background: The population of Mauritius consists of 52% females and scientific literacy is seen to be of vital importance for all young people if they are to be sufficiently equipped to meet the challenges of a fast changing world. Previous research shows, however, that science is not popular among girls. This paper explores one of many reasons…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Females, Science Education
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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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Apostolou, Alexandros; Koulaidis, Vasilis – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2010
The aim of this paper is to study the epistemological views of science teachers for the following epistemological issues: scientific method, demarcation of scientific knowledge, change of scientific knowledge and the status of scientific knowledge. Teachers' views for each one of these epistemological questions were investigated during…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Science Education, Interviews, Science Teachers
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Atasoy, Basri; Akkus, Huseyin; Kadayifci, Hakki – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of a conceptual change approach over traditional instruction on tenth-grade students' conceptual achievement in understanding chemical equilibrium. The study was conducted in two classes of the same teacher with participation of a total of 44 tenth-grade students. In this study, a…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Quasiexperimental Design, Chemistry
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la Velle, Linda Baggott; Wishart, Jocelyn; McFarlane, Angela; Brawn, Richard; John, Peter – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2007
This paper reports some of the findings from the science subject design initiative team in the ESRC Interactive Education Project at the University of Bristol. The subject culture of secondary school science, characterised by a content-laden curriculum and assessment, but also with a tradition and requirement for practical work, is briefly…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Science Teachers, Science Education, Foreign Countries