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Zohar, Anat; Alboher Agmon, Vered – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Purpose: This study investigates how senior science teachers viewed the effects of a Raising Test Scores policy and its implementation on instruction of higher order thinking (HOT), and on teaching thinking to students with low academic achievements. Background: The study was conducted in the context of three concurrent policies advocating: (a)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Junior High Schools
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Bergqvist, Anna; Chang Rundgren, Shu-Nu – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: Textbooks are integral tools for teachers' lessons. Several researchers observed that school teachers rely heavily on textbooks as informational sources when planning lessons. Moreover, textbooks are an important resource for developing students' knowledge as they contain various representations that influence students' learning.…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Chemistry, Scientific Concepts
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Dawson, Vaille; Carson, Katherine – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: Many international science curriculum documents mandate that students should be able to participate in argument, debate and decision-making about contemporary science issues affecting society. Termed socioscientific issues, these topics provide students with opportunities to use their scientific knowledge to discuss, debate and defend…
Descriptors: Climate, Science Instruction, Science and Society, Persuasive Discourse
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Hung, Venus; Fung, Dennis – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: A teaching method to improve students' ability to communicate ideas in genetics across the macro-micro levels of organisation was investigated in this study. Purpose: It is designed to help students deconstruct the level of organisation of each tier of a genetic diagram, as the symbols used in such diagrams (i.e. lines and letters) can…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Genetics, Secondary School Science, Visualization
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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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Genel, Abdulkadir; Top├žu, Mustafa Sami – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Despite a growing body of research and curriculum reforms including socioscientific issues (SSI) across the world, how preservice science teachers (PST) or in-service science teachers can teach SSI in science classrooms needs further inquiry. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to describe the abilities of PSTs to teach SSI in middle…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Methods, Middle School Teachers
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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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Gurcay, Deniz; Gulbas, Etna – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background: Misconceptions are major obstacles to learning physics, and the concepts of heat and temperature are some of the common misconceptions that are encountered in daily life. Therefore, it is important to develop valid and reliable tools to determine students' misconceptions about basic thermodynamics concepts. Three-tier tests are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Tests, Scientific Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Broman, Karolina; Bernholt, Sascha; Parchmann, Ilka – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background: Context-based learning approaches are used to enhance students' interest in, and knowledge about, science. According to different empirical studies, students' interest is improved by applying these more non-conventional approaches, while effects on learning outcomes are less coherent. Hence, further insights are needed into the…
Descriptors: Science Education, Chemistry, Context Effect, Problem Solving
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Karpin, Tiia; Juuti, Kalle; Lavonen, Jari – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2014
Background: Applying structural models is important to chemistry education at the upper secondary level, but it is considered one of the most difficult topics to learn. Purpose: This study analyses to what extent in designed lessons students learned to apply structural models in explaining the properties and behaviours of various materials.…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries
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Sarkar, Mahbub; Corrigan, Deborah – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2014
Background: In Bangladesh, a common science curriculum caters for all students at the junior secondary level. Since this curriculum is for all students, its aims are both to build a strong foundation in science while still providing students with the opportunities to use science in everyday life--an aim consistent with the notion of scientific…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Practices
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Williams, John; Eames, Chris; Hume, Anne; Lockley, John – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2012
Background: This research addressed the key area of early career teacher education and aimed to explore the use of a "content representation" (CoRe) as a mediational tool to develop early career secondary teacher pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). This study was situated in the subject areas of science and technology, where sound…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learner Engagement, Action Research, Technology Education