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Ghattas, Nadira I.; Carver, Jeffrey S. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2012
Background: In this era of rapid technical advancement, there are growing debates around the idea of nanotechnology, which are both timely and controversial. Nanotechnology materials are being utilized in our daily lives in many ways, often without consumer knowledge. Due to the explosion of nanotechnology applications, there is a necessity to…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, School Activities, Ethics, Elementary Secondary Education
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Sianez, David M.; Fugere, Madeleine A.; Lennon, Carter A. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2010
Technology and engineering education students responded to a survey regarding hands-on and hands-off activities. First, the students listed hands-on and hands-off activities and what characterized the two types of activities. Activities such as building or assembling something as well as working manually with tools were viewed as hands-on. Passive…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Student Attitudes, Factor Analysis, Engineering
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Campbell, Alison; Kunnemeyer, Rainer; Prinsep, Michele R. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
This paper presents staff perceptions of higher education science and engineering learning communities derived from a cross-case analysis of four case studies across the New Zealand university and polytechnic sectors. First we report staff expectations and experiences in terms of infrastructure and resources, and their own careers. Staff…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Scientific Principles, Foreign Countries, Skill Development
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Eames, Chris; Stewart, Kevin – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
The research reported here follows previous articles in this special issue which detail a national study involving a team of researchers across four higher education institutions in New Zealand. A key theme that emerged from a collection of questionnaire, interview and observational data was the central importance of teacher-student and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Engineering Education
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Clark, Jim; Dodd, Dave; Coll, Richard K. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
Two earlier papers in this special issue detail staff and student perceptions of their higher education science and engineering learning communities for the New Zealand university and polytechnic sectors (Campbell et al. 2008; Cronje and Coll 2008). These findings suggest the students in these communities gradually come to share some of the views…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Engineering Education, Acculturation
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Coll, Richard K.; Eames, Chris – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
This article sets the scene for this special issue of "Research in Science & Technological Education", dedicated to understanding higher education science and engineering learning communities. We examine what the literature has to say about the nature of, and factors influencing, higher education learning communities. A discussion of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Technology Education, Communities of Practice, Literature Reviews
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Coll, Richard K. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
This paper reports on a major national study of higher education science and engineering learning communities in New Zealand. The scope of the research project along with a description of the methodology and method used in the study together with rationale for the study and research approach adopted are provided here. Details of the theoretical…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Scientific Methodology
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Tsaparlis, Georgios – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2005
This work provides a correlation study of the role of the following cognitive variables on problem solving in elementary physical chemistry: scientific reasoning (level of intellectual development/developmental level), working-memory capacity, functional mental ("M") capacity, and disembedding ability (i.e., degree of perceptual field…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Meta Analysis, Intellectual Development, Correlation
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Ates, Salih – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2005
This study was undertaken to explore the effectiveness of the learning-cycle method when teaching direct current (DC) circuits to university students. Four Physics II classes participated in the study, which lasted approximately two and a half weeks in the middle of the spring semester of 2003. Participants were 120 freshmen (55 females and 65…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, College Students, Higher Education, Physics
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Dalgety, Jacinta; Coll, Richard – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2004
Peers, family, mentors and the media may influence students' attitudes towards chemistry and their intention to enrol in tertiary chemistry courses. In this paper we report on an investigation of the perceptions students hold about their associates' attitudes towards chemistry and chemists. Data were gathered from interviews with 37 tertiary…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Student Attitudes, Higher Education, Enrollment
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Waks, Shlomo; Merdler, Moti – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2003
Addresses variations in creative thinking during various stages of a design project and the relationship between creative thinking and motivation factors. Based on a study of Israeli practical engineering students. Appendix includes survey instrument. (Contains 37 references.) (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Creativity, Design, Engineering Education, Higher Education
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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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Coll, Richard K.; Treagust, David F. – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2002
Explores whether exposure to increasingly sophisticated mental models at different points in a chemistry education class showed up in patterns of preference and use of models in interpreting physical properties and phenomena. (Contains 92 references.) (DDR)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Foreign Countries
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Reid, Norman; Skryabina, Elena A. – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2002
Reports on a project that explored attitudes towards physics in Scotland, looking at students aged from 10-20 years old. Describes the main factors attracting school pupils into a study of physics together with the pattern of attitude changes that take place with age. The outcomes suggest some ways by which physics curriculum planners can develop…
Descriptors: Course Selection (Students), Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Physics
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Coll, Richard K.; Taylor, Neil – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2001
Examination of senior secondary and tertiary level chemistry students' descriptions of their mental models for chemical bonding revealed prevalent alternative conceptions. Some 20 alternative conceptions were revealed, the most common being belief that continuous ionic or metallic lattices were molecular in nature, and confusion over ionic size…
Descriptors: Chemical Bonding, Chemistry, Concept Formation, Higher Education
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