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Pedrosa-de-Jesus, Helena; Moreira, Aurora; Lopes, Betina; Watts, Mike – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2014
Background: Critical thinking is one of the very highest orders of cognitive abilities and a key competency in higher education. Asking questions is an important component of rich learning experiences, structurally embedded in the operations of critical thinking. Our clear sense is that critical thinking and, within that, critical questioning, is…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Critical Thinking, Science Education, Competence
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Marques, Luis; Praia, Joao; Kempa, Richard – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2003
This paper reports the findings of a preliminary evaluation of an in-service training programme designed for practising geology/earth science teachers in Portuguese high schools and intended to enhance the effectiveness of fieldwork activities organised by them for their students. Among the points particularly stressed during the in-service…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Sciences, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction
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Marques, Luis; Praia, Joao; Thompson, David – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2002
Presents an outline of two sets of curricular materials that address the internal rock cycle and the internal energy of the earth in relation to plate tectonic theory. (Contains 31 references.) (DDR)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Earth Science, Earthquakes
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Thompson, David; Praia, Joao; Marques, Luis – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2000
Points out the importance of writing, trialling, and using curriculum materials that are illustrated in the teaching and learning of what is widely recognized as the most recent revolution in scientific knowledge. Outlines events and factors related to the ways in which scientific knowledge was gained. (Contains 69 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Earth Science, Epistemology, Foreign Countries
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Costa, Nilza; Marques, Luis; Kempa, Richard – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2000
Reports on a small-scale study designed to estimate science teachers' awareness of findings derived from research in science education and other branches of educational research. Focuses on experienced science teachers in Portugal who were following advanced professional training programs that usually lead to Masters' degrees in science education.…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Inservice Education, Learning Processes
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Marques, Luis; Thompson, David – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1997
Uses interviews and a written questionnaire to probe students' ideas on the origin of earth and life on earth. A significant number of commonly held misconceptions were prevalent in the sample (N=493). Provides guidelines to assist learners in challenging existing views. Contains 64 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Biology, Cognitive Structures, Concept Formation
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Seddon, G. M.; And Others – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1990
Discussed in this study is whether there are differences in the assessment of student understanding as measured by written tests versus oral tests. Age and sex differences as well as the impact of different languages and cultures were investigated. (KR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Age Differences, Cognitive Ability, College Science
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Marques, Luis; Thompson, David – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1997
This study investigates student misconceptions in the areas of continent, ocean, permanence of ocean basins, continental drift, Earth's magnetic field, and plates and plate motions. A teaching-learning model was designed based on a constructivist approach. Results show that students held a substantial number of misconceptions. (Author/DKM)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Earth Science, Foreign Countries, Geology
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Woolnough, Brian E.; Guo, Yuying; Leite, Maria Salete; Jose de Almeida, Maria; Ryu, Tae; Wang, Zhen; Young, Deidra – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1997
Describes studies that utilized questionnaires and interviews to explore the factors affecting the career choices of students. Reveals differences between scientists and nonscientists with regard to their preferred learning styles and relates these differences to career choice and self-perception. (DDR)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Career Choice, Cognitive Style, Engineering