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Delserieys, Alice; Jégou, Corinne; Boilevin, Jean-Marie; Ravanis, Konstantinos – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: This work is based on the idea that young children benefit from early introduction of scientific concepts. Few researches describe didactical strategies focusing on physics understanding for young children and analyse their effectiveness in standard classroom environments. Purpose: The aim is to identify whether didactical strategies…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Science Education, Scientific Concepts
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Berge, Maria; Ingerman, Åke – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: In science education today, there is an emerging focus on what is happening in situ, making use of an array of analytical traditions. Common practice is to use one specific analytical framing within a research project, but there are projects that make use of multiple analytical framings to further the understanding of the same data,…
Descriptors: Group Discussion, Research Methodology, Educational Research, Science Education
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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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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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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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Besson, Ugo – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2004
The idea of causality is central in science and has long given rise to debate among philosophers and scientists. While the tendency to avoid causality seems to have become dominant in science and philosophy, research in science education has shown the strong presence in common reasoning of causal explanations, often conceived as a 'mechanism'…
Descriptors: Sciences, Science Education, Physics, Causal Models
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Pine, Karen; Messer, David; St. John, Kate – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2001
Considers the process of conceptual change and describes empirical studies into children's naive theories of physics concepts. Uses the Representational Redescription model to explain how naive theories are a feature of conceptual change. Provides a starting point for considering how children's naive theories might mediate their ability to learn…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Foreign Countries, Misconceptions, Motion
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Asami, Noriaki; King, Julien; Monk, Martin – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2000
Focuses on the familiar problem of students' understanding of elementary electrical circuits from a much neglected point of view. Suggests that the patterning commonly found in students' ideas might have its roots in the cognitive processing with which students operate their mental models of d.c. electrical circuits. Studies Japanese 10-11 year…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Constructivism (Learning), Electric Circuits