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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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Reid, Norman – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
Any instructional theory that ignores the limits of working memory when dealing with novel information or ignores the disappearance of these limits when dealing with familiar information in unlikely to be effective. (Kirschner et al. 2006, 77) (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Theories, Science Education, Biology
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Hindal, Huda; Reid, Norman; Badgaish, Manal – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
A range of characteristics of learners is described and their relationship to working memory discussed in the context of teaching and learning in the sciences. The characteristics are extent of field dependency, visual spatial abilities, divergency and convergency. These learner characteristics were measured for a large sample of school pupils…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Foreign Countries, Sciences, Students
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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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Eames, Chris; Stewart, Kevin – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
The research reported here follows previous articles in this special issue which detail a national study involving a team of researchers across four higher education institutions in New Zealand. A key theme that emerged from a collection of questionnaire, interview and observational data was the central importance of teacher-student and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Engineering Education
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Thurston, A.; Topping, K. J.; Christie, D.; Donaldson, C.; Howe, C. J.; Jessiman, E.; Livingston, K.; Tolmie, A. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
This study investigated the effects of collaborative group work skills training on pupil attainment in science. Twenty-four experimental classes were drawn from schools in rural and urban settings. Pupils in experimental classrooms engaged in general group work skills training and two structured group work activities in science. Attainment was…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Job Skills, Rural Urban Differences, Achievement Gains
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la Velle, Linda Baggott; Wishart, Jocelyn; McFarlane, Angela; Brawn, Richard; John, Peter – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2007
This paper reports some of the findings from the science subject design initiative team in the ESRC Interactive Education Project at the University of Bristol. The subject culture of secondary school science, characterised by a content-laden curriculum and assessment, but also with a tradition and requirement for practical work, is briefly…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Science Teachers, Science Education, Foreign Countries
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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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Lewis, Tim; Barlex, David; Chapman, Colin – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2007
Interaction between science and design and technology (D&T) in schools is seen by many educationalists and industrialists as being desirable. During the period 1970 to 1990 progress was made in the UK, however the advent of the national curriculum compartmentalised subjects thus hindering further progress. Bodies in the UK such as the Office…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Teacher Attitudes, Secondary Education, Case Studies
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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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Reid, Norman – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2006
Attitude measurement has had a somewhat chequered history since the possibility of achieving it successfully was demonstrated by Thurstone in 1929. It has been an important area in science education, particularly in the context of falling uptakes in the physical sciences in many countries, and there have been many attempts to measure learner…
Descriptors: Scaling, Physical Sciences, Science Education, Attitude Measures
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Rodrigues, Susan – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2006
Teaching and learning science through the use of familiar contexts has been advocated for several decades. Many take the use of context in science lessons to mean the use of resource materials that involve common scenarios or themes, or activities. This paper reviews a lesson identified by a teacher as a lesson taught in context. The data…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Education, Science Teachers, Discourse Analysis
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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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Barak, Moshe – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2006
Systematic inventive problem-solving is an approach for finding original and useful ideas by systematically examining alterations in existing components within a system, their attributes, functions or internal relationships. This method, which aims at complementing divergent thinking in problem-solving and design, is gaining increased attention in…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers, Foreign Countries
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Dawson, Vaille; Soames, Christina – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2006
Our education system aims to equip young people with the knowledge, problem-solving skills and values to cope with an increasingly technological society. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of biotechnology education on adolescents' understanding and attitudes about processes associated with biotechnology. Data were drawn from…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Interviews
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