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Buckley, Jeffrey; Seery, Niall; Power, Jason; Phelan, Joseph – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Substantial research highlights the differences between scientific and technological knowledge. Considering that learning is heavily focused on the acquisition of knowledge, it is important to examine the individual and systematic implications of these types of knowledge. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the impact on…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Knowledge Level, Scientific and Technical Information, Instructional Effectiveness
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Correia, Ana-Paula; Koehler, Natalya; Thompson, Ann; Phye, Gary – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: A multimedia software designed as a Computer-Assisted Scaffolding system was used to teach gas behavior on the submicroscopic level using Physics Education Technology Project (PhET) simulation. PhET is a set of interactive, research-based science and mathematics online simulations (https://phet. colorado.edu/). Purpose: The purpose was…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Computer Simulation, Computer Assisted Instruction, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Sharpe, Rachael; Abrahams, Ian; Fotou, Nikolaos – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: In England, there is a growing need to improve the lives of secondary school students who are defined as disadvantaged and to support these students in their attainment and attitudes to secondary school science. Purpose: This paper reports on a project designed to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds by pairing them with…
Descriptors: Mentors, Disadvantaged Youth, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries
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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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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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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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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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Al khawaldeh, Salem A. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2013
Background and Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the comparative effects of a prediction/discussion-based learning cycle (HPD-LC), conceptual change text (CCT) and traditional instruction on 10th grade students' understanding of genetics concepts. Sample: Participants were 112 10th basic grade male students in three classes of…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Biology
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Koscianski, Andre; Ribeiro, Rafael Joao; da Silva, Sani Carvalho Rutz – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2012
Background: Advance organizers are instructional materials that help students use previous knowledge to make links with new information. Short animation movies are a possible format and are well suited for physics, as they can portray dynamic phenomena and represent abstract concepts. Purpose: The study aimed to determine guidelines for the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Animation, Video Technology, Audiovisual Instruction
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Suppapittayaporn, Decha; Emarat, Narumon; Arayathanitkul, Kwan – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2010
This study proposed to investigate the effectiveness of learning activities based on a conceptual change theoretical framework by embedding a peer instruction method with structured inquiry (PISI) on tenth grade students' understanding of force and motion concepts. This teaching method was compared to the existing traditional instruction (TI).…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Standardized Tests, Physics, Motion
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Calik, Muammer; Ayas, Alipasa; Ebenezer, Jazlin V. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
The study aims to demonstrate evidence of (a) students' conceptual change on solution rates; (b) students' sub-microscopic explanations of dissolution; and (c) retention of the concepts of solution rates. The sample consists of 44 Grade 9 students (18 boys and 26 girls) drawn purposively from two different classes (22 each) in the city of Trabzon,…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Logical Thinking, Concept Formation, Foreign Countries
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Tan, Kim Chwee Daniel; Hedberg, John; Koh, Thiam Seng; Seah, Whye Choo – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2006
This paper reports the findings of a national survey on the use of dataloggers in secondary schools (grades 7-10) and junior colleges (grades 11-12). In particular, it explores the types of learning activities that teachers conduct using dataloggers, the support structures they deem necessary and the difficulties they face. Of the 593 respondents,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary Schools, Two Year Colleges, Educational Technology
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Akkus, Huseyin; Kadayifci, Hakki; Atasoy, Basri; Geban, Omer – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2003
The purpose of this study was to identify misconceptions concerning chemical equilibrium concepts and to investigate the effectiveness of instruction based on the constructivist approach over traditional instruction on 10th grade students' understanding of chemical equilibrium concepts. The subjects of this study consisted of 71 10th grade…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Grade 10, Statistical Analysis, Misconceptions