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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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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
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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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McGuffin, S. J. – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1983
Examines science course selection by curriculum candidates (N=2178) for Northern Ireland GCE 0 level in 1980. Data are provided for nature (biology, chemistry, physics) and number of courses selected, and achievement (pass/failure rates). Data are also reported for males/females and type of school. (JN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Biology, Chemistry, Foreign Countries
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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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Bransky, Judith; Qualter, Anne – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1993
Describes the findings of secondary analysis of data from the Assessment of Performance Unit (APU) Science. The most striking feature of the study is the extremely low level of scores obtained for questions which invite a written response. The results also clearly show the consistent negative reaction of girls to the technical context of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Science Education, Science Tests
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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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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