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Looi, Chee-Kit; Sun, Daner; Kim, Mi Song; Wen, Yun – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background and purpose: To date, there has been little research on the Teacher Professional Development (TPD) for delivering a mobile technology-supported science curriculum. To address this, a TPD model for a science curriculum supported by mobile technology was developed and evaluated in this paper. The study reported focuses on the…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Telecommunications, Educational Technology, Handheld Devices
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Yoon, Susan A.; Anderson, Emma; Park, Miyoung; Elinich, Karen; Lin, Joyce – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: This study builds on a series of studies that examined how augmented reality and various other learning scaffolds can promote deeper conceptual and cognitive understanding among visitors in a science museum. Purpose: We focus specifically on determining the exact affordances of different genres of scaffolds that include augmented…
Descriptors: Museums, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Nonschool Educational Programs, Computer Simulation
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Kaltakci-Gurel, Derya; Eryilmaz, Ali; McDermott, Lillian Christie – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: Correct identification of misconceptions is an important first step in order to gain an understanding of student learning. More recently, four-tier multiple choice tests have been found to be effective in assessing misconceptions. Purpose: The purposes of this study are (1) to develop and validate a four-tier misconception test to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Physics, Science Teachers, Misconceptions
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Atasoy, Sengül; Ergin, Serap – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: A substantial review study of concept cartoons reports that few studies have indicated their functions. For this reason, the present study illuminates the extent to which concept cartoon-embedded worksheets (through constructivist context) accomplish these functions in conceptual learning. Purpose: The purpose of the study is to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 9, Cartoons, Teaching Methods
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Williams, P. John; Otrel-Cass, Kathrin – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: Inquiry learning in science provides authentic and relevant contexts in which students can create knowledge to solve problems, make decisions and find solutions to issues in today's world. The use of electronic networks can facilitate this interaction, dialogue and sharing, and adds a new dimension to classroom pedagogy. Purpose: This…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Case Studies
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Hung, Venus; Fung, Dennis – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: A teaching method to improve students' ability to communicate ideas in genetics across the macro-micro levels of organisation was investigated in this study. Purpose: It is designed to help students deconstruct the level of organisation of each tier of a genetic diagram, as the symbols used in such diagrams (i.e. lines and letters) can…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Genetics, Secondary School Science, Visualization
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Van Breukelen, Dave; Van Meel, Adrianus; De Vries, Marc – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: This study is the second study of a design-based research, organised around four studies, that aims to improve student learning, teaching skills and teacher training concerning the design-based learning approach called Learning by Design (LBD). Purpose: LBD uses the context of design challenges to learn, among other things, science.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies, College Freshmen, Science Education
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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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Ram, Rajesh; France, Bev; Birdsall, Sally – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Research on biosecurity is important as New Zealand's agricultural export-driven economy is susceptible to biosecurity threats. Because New Zealand is reliant on the primary industries to drive its economy, bovine diseases such as foot and mouth could have a devastating effect on the economy. Purpose: Making sure that the general…
Descriptors: Biological Influences, Public Health, Communicable Diseases, Foreign Countries
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Marulcu, Ismail; Barnett, Michael – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Elementary Science Education is struggling with multiple challenges. National and State test results confirm the need for deeper understanding in elementary science education. Moreover, national policy statements and researchers call for increased exposure to engineering and technology in elementary science education. The basic…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Education, Teaching Methods, Mixed Methods Research
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Trotskovsky, E.; Sabag, N. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background: Learning processes are usually characterized by students' misunderstandings and misconceptions. Engineering educators intend to help their students overcome their misconceptions and achieve correct understanding of the concept. This paper describes a misconception in digital systems held by many students who believe that combinational…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Case Studies, Information Systems, Engineering Technology
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Yoon, Susan A.; Koehler-Yom, Jessica; Anderson, Emma; Lin, Joyce; Klopfer, Eric – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background: This exploratory study is part of a larger-scale research project aimed at building theoretical and practical knowledge of complex systems in students and teachers with the goal of improving high school biology learning through professional development and a classroom intervention. Purpose: We propose a model of adaptive expertise to…
Descriptors: Science Education, Secondary School Science, Science Teachers, High School Students
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Harrell, Pamela; Subramaniam, Karthigeyan – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background and purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate and identify the nature and the interrelatedness of pre-service teachers' misconceptions and scientific concepts for explaining dissolving before, during, and after a 5E learning cycle lesson on dissolving, the intervention. Sample, design, and methods: Guided by Vygotsky's…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Concept Formation, Interviews, Freehand Drawing
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Marulcu, Ismail – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2014
Background: The motivation for this work is built upon the premise that there is a need for research-based materials for design-based science instruction. In this paper, a small portion of our work investigating the impact of a LEGO[TM] engineering unit on fourth grade students' preconceptions and understanding of animals is presented. Purpose:…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Grade 4
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Mehli, Hanne; Bungum, Berit – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2013
Background: Science teachers need a deep understanding of how science works in modern society. Purpose: This article reports a case study investigating the ways in which a short-term in-service course on a research site of space technology contributes to this understanding. Design and method: The study is performed in three steps: an evaluation…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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