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Coll, Sandhya Devi; Coll, Richard Kevin – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: Recent research and curriculum reforms have indicated the need for diversifying teaching approaches by drawing upon student interest and engagement in ways which makes learning science meaningful. Purpose: This study examines the integration of informal/free choice learning which occurred during learning experiences outside school…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Blended Learning, Informal Education
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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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Baser, Derya; Ozden, M. Yasar; Karaarslan, Hasan – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: Blending collaborative learning and project-based learning (PBL) based on Wolff (2003) design categories, students interacted in a learning environment where they developed their technology integration practices as well as their technological and collaborative skills. Purpose: The study aims to understand how seventh grade students…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cooperative Learning, Active Learning, Student Projects
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Karsli, Fethiye; Yigit, Mahmut – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: The context-based approach (CBA) is one of the approaches that allow learning to take place with real and related context, and this has increasingly become more popular. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of the REACT strategy of the CBA on remedying 12th grade students' alternative conceptions of…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 12, Chemistry, Secondary School Science
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Danaia, L.; McKinnon, D. H.; Fitzgerald, M. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: This research investigates the impact of a junior secondary astronomy education programme undertaken in four Australian educational jurisdictions. Purpose: Junior secondary students' perceptions of the science they experience at School are examined both before, during and after their engagement with a science programme targeting…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Astronomy, Pretests Posttests, Science Activities
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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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Çil, Emine; Çepni, Salih – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: One of the most important goals of science education is to enable students to understand the nature of science (NOS). However, generally regular science teaching in classrooms does not help students improve informed NOS views. Purpose: This study investigated the influence of an explicit reflective conceptual change approach compared…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Concept Formation, Reflection
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Taslidere, Erdal – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: In the last few decades, researchers have turned their attention to students' understanding of scientific concepts at different school levels. The results indicate that the learners have different ideas, and most of them are inaccurate in terms of those generally accepted by the scientific community. Purpose: This study was undertaken…
Descriptors: Diagnostic Tests, Student Evaluation, High School Students, Misconceptions
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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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Hadjiachilleos, Stella; Valanides, Nicos; Angeli, Charoula – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2013
Background: Cognitive conflict has been identified as an important factor for bringing about students' conceptual change. Researchers draw attention to the need to study not only cognitive factors related to cognitive conflict but affective factors as well. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the contribution of cognitive…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Concept Formation, Scientific Concepts, Semi Structured Interviews
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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
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Yalcinkaya, Eylem; Tastan-Kirik, Ozgecan; Boz, Yezdan; Yildiran, Demet – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2012
Background: Case-based learning (CBL) is simply teaching the concept to the students based on the cases. CBL involves a case, which is a scenario based on daily life, and study questions related to the case, which allows students to discuss their ideas. Chemical kinetics is one of the most difficult concepts for students in chemistry. Students…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Kinetics