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Bellová, Renata; Melichercíková, Danica; Tomcík, Peter – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: The results of international studies have concluded the low level of science literacy in natural science subjects of Slovak students. These studies also showed that this state can be positively influenced by various innovations, which are implemented into the teaching process of above-mentioned subjects. Purpose: The aim of this study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Natural Sciences, Secondary School Students
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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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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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Topçu, Mustafa Sami; Foulk, Jaimie A.; Sadler, Troy D.; Pitiporntapin, Sasithep; Atabey, Nejla – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: For the past decade, science educators have been exploring the use of Socio-scientific Issues (SSI) as contexts for science teaching and learning, and research indicates that doing so can support significant learning gains. However, research related to how teachers take up the practice of SSI-based instruction is far more limited, due…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Science Instruction, Science and Society, Science Teachers
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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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Atasoy, Sengül; Ergin, Serap – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: A substantial review study of concept cartoons reports that few studies have indicated their functions. For this reason, the present study illuminates the extent to which concept cartoon-embedded worksheets (through constructivist context) accomplish these functions in conceptual learning. Purpose: The purpose of the study is to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 9, Cartoons, Teaching Methods
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Williams, P. John; Otrel-Cass, Kathrin – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: Inquiry learning in science provides authentic and relevant contexts in which students can create knowledge to solve problems, make decisions and find solutions to issues in today's world. The use of electronic networks can facilitate this interaction, dialogue and sharing, and adds a new dimension to classroom pedagogy. Purpose: This…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Case Studies
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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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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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Hashweh, Maher Z. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Density is difficult to learn and teach in middle schools. This study, hypothesizing that the density concept develops as part of a conceptual system, used a conceptual change approach to teaching density. The approach emphasized the use of multiple strategies to teach the density concept and the associated concepts in the conceptual…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Grade 7, Scientific Concepts
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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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Genel, Abdulkadir; Topçu, 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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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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Juuti, Kalle; Lavonen, Jari – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: In developed countries, it is challenging for teachers to select pedagogical practices that encourage students to enrol in science and technology courses in upper secondary school. Purpose: Aiming to understand the enrolment dynamics, this study analyses sample-based data from Finland's National Assessment in Science to determine…
Descriptors: Intention, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Science, Physics
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