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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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Jungwirth, Ehud – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1990
Discussed is whether, and to what extent, science teachers critically and spontaneously attend to the logical structure of situations, and whether they need prompting, or completely fail to do so. The relationship between the results of this study and science teachers' pre- and in-service education is discussed. (Author/KR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Critical Thinking, Inservice Teacher Education, Logical Thinking
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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