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Feyzioglu, Burak – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: In recent years, science curricula (chemistry, physics, biology, earth science, life science, etc.) in many countries have been prepared and applied according to the inquiry-based learning approach. Although the acquisition and application of the inquiry skills are one of the important objectives of the science curriculum, the inquiry…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Inquiry, Goal Orientation, Academic Achievement
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Walan, Susanne; Mc Ewen, Birgitta – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: The European Union asks for renewed pedagogies in schools according to teaching strategies and necessary competences for the twenty-first century, instead of the often-used transmissive pedagogies. The national Swedish competition in science and technology for grade eight, The Technology Eight, provides an opportunity for teachers to…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Reflection
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Brown, Katrina – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: Many students carry negative beliefs about nuclear radiation and have concerns regarding the safety of nuclear power. However, most of these students have not had any personal or educational experiences with nuclear radiation or reactors on which to form these opinions. Purpose: To examine the influence that a visit to a nuclear…
Descriptors: Nuclear Energy, Outreach Programs, Student Attitudes, Facilities
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Lin, Tzung-Jin; Tan, Aik-Ling; Lee, Min-Hsien; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: Researchers have indicated that assessment practices and methods should support learners' construction of meaningful understanding of knowledge. Understanding students' conceptions of assessment will enable us to construct more realistic, valid and fair assessments. Learners' conceptualization of assessment would be imperative to serve…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Student Attitudes, Grade 8, Foreign Countries
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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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Archer, Louise; DeWitt, Jennifer; Dillon, Justin – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2014
Background: It is widely agreed that more needs to be done to improve participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Despite considerable investment in interventions, it has been difficult to discern their effectiveness and/or impact on participation. Purpose: This paper discusses findings from a six-week pilot STEM…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Pilot Projects, Career Education, Intervention
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Lin, Tzung-Jin; Goh, Amos Yoong Shin; Chai, Ching Sing; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2013
Background and Purpose: Research in nature of science (NOS) among Asia-Pacific countries such as Singapore is arguably scarce. This study aimed to survey Singaporean secondary school students' views of NOS with a newly developed instrument named Students' Views of Nature of Science (SVNOS), which included various key aspects of NOS that are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 7, Grade 8, Student Attitudes
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Kingir, Sevgi; Tas, Yasemin; Gok, Gulsum; Vural, Semra Sungur – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2013
Background: There are attempts to integrate learning environment research with motivation and self-regulation research that considers social context influences an individual's motivation, self-regulation and, in turn, academic performance. Purpose: This study explored the relationships among constructivist learning environment perception variables…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Student Motivation, Self Management, Science Achievement
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Welch, Anita G.; Cakir, Mustafa; Peterson, Claudette M.; Ray, Chris M. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2012
Background: Studies exploring the relationship between students' achievement and the quality of the classroom learning environments have shown that there is a strong relationship between these two concepts. Learning environment instruments are constantly being revised and updated, including for use in different cultures, which requires continued…
Descriptors: Evidence, Grades (Scholastic), Reliability, Factor Structure
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Ng, Khar Thoe; Lay, Yoon Fah; Areepattamannil, Shaljan; Treagust, David F.; Chandrasegaran, A. L. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2012
Background: The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) assesses the quality of the teaching and learning of science and mathematics among Grades 4 and 8 students across participating countries. Purpose: This study explored the relationship between positive affect towards science and mathematics and achievement in science and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Science Achievement, Foreign Countries
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Doppelt, Yaron; Schunn, Christian D.; Silk, Eli M.; Mehalik, Matthew M.; Reynolds, Birdy; Ward, Erin – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
The focus of this research was an evaluation of the impact of teacher professional development (PD) on student achievement during implementation of a reform curriculum. The PD consisted of five four-hour workshop sessions distributed over the time teachers were implementing the reform curriculum in their classrooms. The research was conducted in a…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Academic Achievement, Active Learning, Educational Change
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Yenilmez, Ayse; Sungur, Semra; Tekkaya, Ceren – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2006
This study investigated students' achievement regarding photosynthesis and respiration in plants in relation to reasoning ability, prior knowledge and gender. A total of 117 eighth-grade students participated in the study. Test of logical thinking and the two-tier multiple choice tests were administered to determine students' reasoning ability and…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Statistical Analysis, Logical Thinking, Predictor Variables