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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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Ruiz-Gallardo, José-Reyes; Paños, Esther – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: Microorganisms are very important in day-to-day life, but they are inadequately addressed in the Spanish educational system. It is essential that students are well informed about their characteristics and functions. Purpose: The study aims to find out primary school students' perceptions of microorganisms and to analyze whether…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Knowledge Level
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Çil, Emine; Maccario, Nihal; Yanmaz, Durmus – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Museums are useful educational resources in science teaching. Teaching strategies which promote hands-on activities, student-centred learning, and rich social interaction must be designed and implemented throughout the museum visit for effective science learning. Purpose: This study aimed to design and implement innovative teaching…
Descriptors: Design, Science Instruction, Science Education, Teaching Methods
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Yenilmez Turkoglu, Ayse; Oztekin, Ceren – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Scientific models have important roles in science and science education. For scientists, they provide a means for generating new knowledge or function as an accessible summary of scientific studies. In science education, on the other hand, they are accessible representations of abstract concepts, and are also organizational frameworks…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role
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Calik, Muammer; Ayas, Alipasa; Ebenezer, Jazlin V. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
The study aims to demonstrate evidence of (a) students' conceptual change on solution rates; (b) students' sub-microscopic explanations of dissolution; and (c) retention of the concepts of solution rates. The sample consists of 44 Grade 9 students (18 boys and 26 girls) drawn purposively from two different classes (22 each) in the city of Trabzon,…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Logical Thinking, Concept Formation, Foreign Countries
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Atasoy, Basri; Akkus, Huseyin; Kadayifci, Hakki – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of a conceptual change approach over traditional instruction on tenth-grade students' conceptual achievement in understanding chemical equilibrium. The study was conducted in two classes of the same teacher with participation of a total of 44 tenth-grade students. In this study, a…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Quasiexperimental Design, Chemistry
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Dahsah, Chanyah; Coll, Richard K. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2007
Stoichiometry and related concepts are an important part of student learning in chemistry. In this interpretive-based inquiry, we investigated Thai Grade 10 and 11 students' conceptual understanding and ability to solve numerical problems for stoichiometry-related concepts. Ninety-seven participants completed a purpose-designed survey instrument…
Descriptors: Grade 10, Grade 11, Secondary School Science, Problem Solving
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Unal, Suat; Calik, Muammer; Ayas, Alipasa; Coll, Richard K. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2006
The present paper presents a detailed thematic review of chemical bonding studies. To achieve this, a matrix is developed to summarize and present the findings by focusing on insights derived from the related studies. The matrix incorporates the following themes: needs, aims, methods of exploring students' conceptions, general knowledge claims,…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Interviews, Review (Reexamination), Curriculum Development
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Trumper, Ricardo – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2001
Analyzes senior high school students' astronomy conceptions by means of a written questionnaire presented during the beginning of the first semester. (Contains 42 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Astronomy, Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Change
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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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Kruger, Colin; Summers, Mike – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2000
Studies 34 elementary school children's understanding of five aspects of energy waste and the ways in which these conceptions develop following teaching. Concludes that the children had good prior awareness of some behaviors that save energy, but their reasons for thinking this were based largely on everyday intuitive ideas that involved…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Efficiency, Electricity, Elementary Education
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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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Cross, R. T. – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1993
This paper considers the challenge confronting educators when considering the impact of risks generated by science and technology on the lives of citizens. (PR)
Descriptors: Case Studies, High Schools, Radiation Effects, Risk
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Witenoff, Shalamit; Lazarowitz, Reuven – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1993
Presents samples of educational material adapted for laboratory use on the subject of the pH scale, dilution skills, and their relevance to biology. The experiments were developed for use in both ninth-grade heterogeneous and tracked classes in biology. Students were assessed for academic achievement in relation to their operational reasoning…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Biology, Developmental Stages, Educational Research
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Kariotoglou, P.; Psillos, D. – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1993
Discusses a study designed to investigate pupils' conceptions about fluids and particularly liquids in equilibrium, with reference to the concept of pressure. Based upon the results obtained, several mental models of how pupils understand liquids in equilibrium were proposed. (ZWH)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Educational Research, Models, Pressure (Physics)
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