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Reid, Norman – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
Any instructional theory that ignores the limits of working memory when dealing with novel information or ignores the disappearance of these limits when dealing with familiar information in unlikely to be effective. (Kirschner et al. 2006, 77) (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Theories, Science Education, Biology
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Hindal, Huda; Reid, Norman; Badgaish, Manal – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
A range of characteristics of learners is described and their relationship to working memory discussed in the context of teaching and learning in the sciences. The characteristics are extent of field dependency, visual spatial abilities, divergency and convergency. These learner characteristics were measured for a large sample of school pupils…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Foreign Countries, Sciences, Students
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Chen, Wen-Chao; Whitehead, Rex – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
The aim of physics education is to generate understanding of physics and there is considerable anecdotal evidence that passing examinations in physics is not the same as understanding the subject. This paper describes how the areas of difficulties in understanding of physics were determined for pupils in Taiwan aged 13-15. Test material which…
Descriptors: Physics, Short Term Memory, Foreign Countries, Science Education
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Reid, Norman – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2006
Attitude measurement has had a somewhat chequered history since the possibility of achieving it successfully was demonstrated by Thurstone in 1929. It has been an important area in science education, particularly in the context of falling uptakes in the physical sciences in many countries, and there have been many attempts to measure learner…
Descriptors: Scaling, Physical Sciences, Science Education, Attitude Measures
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Barmby, Patrick; Defty, Neil – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2006
This paper describes the analysis of data collected by Durham University's YELLIS project, over the period of 1999 to 2004. Included in this data was the degree to which pupils in England at the end of their secondary education "liked" or "disliked" different subjects, and their expected examination grades in these subjects.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes
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Jenkins, Edgar – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2006
An earlier paper in this Journal (Jenkins & Nelson, 2005) drew upon the findings of the Relevance of Science Education Project (ROSE) to report the attitudes of students in England towards their secondary school science education. The present paper draws upon the same project to explore what the same students, almost all in their penultimate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Secondary School Students, Science Education
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Schibeci, Renato; Lee, Libby – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2003
There are increasing calls in the science education community for "science for citizenship" as an important goal for the school science curriculum of the 21st century. The potential influence of portrayals of science and scientists in popular culture on the achievement of this goal is explored in this paper through a review of the literature. We…
Descriptors: Scientists, Decision Making, Popular Culture, Citizenship
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Roberts, Ros; Gott, Richard – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2004
A recent UK House of Commons report on Science 14-19 identified problems with coursework and argued for a greater emphasis on teaching and assessment of scientific literacy. This paper describes a written test for procedural understanding, given to 15 year olds, that addresses both of these issues. Comparisons are made between the scores on a…
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Scientific Literacy, Science Education, Scores
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Bowker, Rob – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2004
The study described is part of a larger research programme designed to investigate primary aged children's learning during a visit to the Eden Project. Children from eight primary schools were interviewed approximately four weeks after a one-day, teacher-led visit to the Eden Project (EP) in Cornwall. Their responses revealed that the children…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Science Education, Sensory Experience, Student Attitudes
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Venville, Grady; Wallace, John; Rennie, Leonie; Malone, John – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2000
Describes the integration of content from science, mathematics, and technology learning areas as well-grounded in the philosophy of middle schooling. Points out the absence of recent research on how students learn science and mathematics concepts in integrated settings. Analyses 9th grade students' learning experiences in a technology project of…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Grade 9, Integrated Activities
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Happs, John C.; Stead, Keith – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1989
Considered are two commonly used techniques, the interview and word association techniques. Highlighted is a third technique called the repertory grid. This third technique can be used to interpret students' knowledge based on an explicit, psychological theory of human behavior. (Author/CW)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Structures, Evaluation Methods, Interviews
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Hofstein, Avi; Welch, Wayne W. – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1984
Assessed and compared the attitudes of a national random sample of students who were in junior high school during 1976-77 with the attitudes of a national sample of this same cohort in 1981-82. Implications of findings (related to various attitude categories) for science curriculum development are addressed. (JN)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Curriculum Development, Science Education, Secondary Education
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Kelly, Deryk T. – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1983
A-level engineering science constitutes an alternative approach to A-level physics, linking teaching, student experiences, and assessment to engineering philosophy and practice. Discusses the nature and development of the curriculum and its examination, factors related to its growth and acceptance, and future prospects. (JN)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Engineering, Engineering Education
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Page, Ray; And Others – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1983
Discusses aims and objectives of the "Modular Courses in Technology" project. Project aims include developing intellectual ability in a technological context and practical technological skills. Modules, module format, different approaches in forming examination syllabi, and other areas are considered. (JN)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, Learning Modules
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Powell, J. P.; Cracknell, G. – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1987
Studies the interviews of 24 professional scientists to seek their views on the long range effects of their initial training. Analyzes the interviews for content, teaching, and types of learning experience. Concludes with a discussion of the implications of the findings for science education. Argues for a reduction in content. (CW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Faculty, College Science, Foreign Countries
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