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Ruiz-Gallardo, José-Reyes; Paños, Esther – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: Microorganisms are very important in day-to-day life, but they are inadequately addressed in the Spanish educational system. It is essential that students are well informed about their characteristics and functions. Purpose: The study aims to find out primary school students' perceptions of microorganisms and to analyze whether…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Knowledge Level
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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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Günter, Tugçe; Akkuzu, Nalan; Alpat, Senol – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: This study uses problem-based learning (PBL) to ensure that students comprehend the significance of green chemistry better by experiencing the stages of identifying the problem, developing hypotheses, and providing solutions within the problem-solving process. Purpose: The aim of this study is to research the effect of PBL implemented…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Science Education, Environmental Education
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Howe, Christine; Taylor Tavares, Joana; Devine, Amy – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Even infants can recognize whether patterns of motion are or are not natural, yet an acknowledged challenge for science education is to promote adequate reasoning about such patterns. Since research indicates linkage between the conceptual bases of recognition and reasoning, it seems possible that recognition can be engaged to support…
Descriptors: Science Education, Computer Simulation, Infants, Foreign Countries
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Chiu, Yu-Li; Lin, Tzung-Jin; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: The sophistication of students' conceptions of science learning has been found to be positively related to their approaches to and outcomes for science learning. Little research has been conducted to particularly investigate students' conceptions of science learning by laboratory. Purpose: The purpose of this research, consisting of…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Science Education
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Broman, Karolina; Bernholt, Sascha; Parchmann, Ilka – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background: Context-based learning approaches are used to enhance students' interest in, and knowledge about, science. According to different empirical studies, students' interest is improved by applying these more non-conventional approaches, while effects on learning outcomes are less coherent. Hence, further insights are needed into the…
Descriptors: Science Education, Chemistry, Context Effect, Problem Solving
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Yeung, Yau-yuen; Li, Yufeng – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background: Students' daily-life experiences may render favorable effects on the students' affective domain like interest, enthusiasm, motivation, joy, curiosity, awareness, and eagerness to learn science as not commonly found in the classroom environment. However, no rigorous research has been reported on those aspects in Mainland China despite…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 9, Junior High School Students, Student Experience
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Cetin, Pinar Seda – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2014
Background: Argumentation is accepted by many science educators as a major component of science education. Many studies have investigated students' conceptual understanding and their engagement in argumentative activities. However, studies conducted in the subject of chemistry are very rare. Purpose: The present study aimed to investigate the…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Science Education, Chemistry, Preservice Teachers
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Parsons, Eileen Carlton; Miles, Rhea; Petersen, Michael – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2011
Background: Research has primarily concentrated on adults' implicit theories about high quality science education for all students. Little work has considered the students' perspective. This study investigated high school students' implicit theories about what helped them learn science. Purpose: This study addressed (1) What characterizes high…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Attitudes, Educational Strategies, Learning Readiness