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Blankenburg, Janet S.; Höffler, Tim N.; Peters, Heide; Parchmann, Ilka – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Science Olympiads and science fairs are effective instruments to foster interested and talented students. However, at most schools competitions are not systematically integrated into the school mission statement so that students are unaware of these opportunities. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness…
Descriptors: Science Fairs, Competition, Grade 6, Self Determination
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Krämer, Philipp; Nessler, Stefan H.; Schlüter, Kirsten – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background: Inquiry-based science education (IBSE) is suitable to teach scientific contents as well as to foster scientific skills. Similar conclusions are drawn by studies with respect to scientific literacy, motivational aspects, vocabulary knowledge, conceptual understandings, critical thinking, and attitudes toward science. Nevertheless, IBSE…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Barriers
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Dierks, Pay O.; Höffler, Tim N.; Parchmann, Ilka – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2014
Background: Interest is assumed to be relevant for students' learning processes. Many studies have investigated students' interest in science; most of them however have not offered differentiated insights into the structure and elements of this interest. Purpose: The aim of this study is to obtain a precise image of secondary school students'…
Descriptors: Profiles, Science Interests, Student Interests, Secondary School Students