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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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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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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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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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Naugah, Jayantee; Watts, Mike – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2013
Background: The population of Mauritius consists of 52% females and scientific literacy is seen to be of vital importance for all young people if they are to be sufficiently equipped to meet the challenges of a fast changing world. Previous research shows, however, that science is not popular among girls. This paper explores one of many reasons…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Females, Science Education
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Kudenko, Irina; Ratcliffe, Mary; Redmore, Alison; Aldridge, Catherine – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2011
Evaluation of large-scale professional development programmes in a cost-effective but detailed manner presents challenges. Much of the research evidence on the effectiveness of professional development in science education has been the result of small-scale studies that use clustered or stratified sampling methods. Using the evidence collected…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Professional Development, Science Education, Program Effectiveness
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Allen, Michael – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2011
Questionnaire and interview findings from a survey of three Year 8 (ages 12-13 years) science practical lessons (n = 52) demonstrate how pupils' data collection and inference making were sometimes biased by desires to confirm a personal theory. A variety of behaviours are described where learners knowingly rejected anomalies, manipulated…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Low Income Groups, Surveys, Foreign Countries
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Scherz, Zahava; Bialer, Liora; Eylon, Bat-Sheva – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2011
This study was carried out in the framework of continuous professional development (CPD) programmes following a CPD model aimed at promoting "accomplished practice" involving: pedagogical knowledge, content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge and scholarship of teaching. Teachers were asked to bring evidence about their practice.…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Teaching Methods, Science Education
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Apostolou, Alexandros; Koulaidis, Vasilis – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2010
The aim of this paper is to study the epistemological views of science teachers for the following epistemological issues: scientific method, demarcation of scientific knowledge, change of scientific knowledge and the status of scientific knowledge. Teachers' views for each one of these epistemological questions were investigated during…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Science Education, Interviews, Science Teachers