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Boyes, E.; Stanisstreet, M. – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1991
Combined free response questionnaire and interview procedure are used to probe students' ideas regarding how they believe they see both luminous and nonluminous objects and how they think they hear source of sound. From large sample of students studied (n=1901), prevalence of ideas in different age groups is compared, and progression can be seen.…
Descriptors: Acoustics, Cognitive Development, Interviews, Light
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Monk, Martin – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1990
This study reports a new analysis of data on children's ideas about direct current (DC) electrical circuits. The analysis is theoretically informed by Piagetian stage theory of genetic epistemology. The limits of the genetic epistemology are discussed. (KR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Developmental Stages
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Tamir, Pinchas – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1991
The relationships and possible effects of various personal home and school variables on the acquisition of functional biological, chemical, and physical scientific knowledge by tenth grade Israeli students (n=544) was investigated. Biology was the only subject in which functional knowledge was significantly related to nonformal science activities.…
Descriptors: Biology, Career Choice, Chemistry, Classroom Environment
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Menis, Joseph – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1991
Information on the content of the intended science curriculum, what science was actually taught by the teachers, and how that science was taught is presented. Student achievement and attitudes were assessed using tests and questionnaires. Data were obtained from teachers regarding whether the content had been taught to the students (n=657) who…
Descriptors: Biology, Chemistry, Course Content, Earth Science
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Tsai, Chin-Chung – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1999
Describes a study of Taiwanese 14-year-olds' (n=48) cognitive structures derived from the instruction of basic atomic physics. Finds that even academically above-average students tended to use relatively lower-level modes of knowledge construction, focusing on reciting or describing specific factual knowledge in physics. (Contains 27 references.)…
Descriptors: Cognitive Structures, Constructivism (Learning), Foreign Countries, Learning Processes
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Treagust, David; And Others – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1990
Described is a collaborative study between a Year 11 physics teacher and 3 university personnel designed to identify and document the manner in which content knowledge was transmitted in the classroom by the teacher and how this knowledge was acquired by students. The role of the textbook is discussed. (KR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Concept Formation, Foreign Countries, Learning Strategies
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Tebbutt, M. J. – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1993
Describes a preliminary survey of the views held by second-year sixth form students (n=421) on a range of subjects at A level and degree level, with a particular focus on mathematics and physics. (ZWH)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Education, Perception
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Kelly, Alison – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1988
High school students were asked to identify the factors that influenced their school subject choice. Both sexes named the same influences. Detailed analyses of subject choices in physics and technical craft are presented and support from parents, teachers, and friends are cited as the strongest predictors of choice. (CW)
Descriptors: Course Selection (Students), Enrollment Influences, Females, Males
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Al Methen, Amena E.; Wilkinson, William J. – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1988
Explored the relationships between gender and achievement as measured by the Secondary School Certificate Examination in Kuwait. Found that girls attained significantly superior results compared with boys in all science subjects and lower results in mathematics. Also reports comparisons of urban-rural and Kuwaiti-non-Kuwaiti students. (Author/CW)
Descriptors: Achievement, Biology, Chemistry, Females
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Chamberlain, Peter J. – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1985
Compared performance in A-level science examinations of students who took an integrated science course (SCISP) with students who studied the separate subjects of physics, chemistry, and biology to 0-level standard. Results show no significant differences between the performance of the two groups. (JN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Biology, Chemistry, College Science