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Paš, Maja; Vogrinc, Janez; Raspor, Peter; Udovc Kneževic, Nada; Cehovin Zajc, Jožica – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Purpose: One area of science that will increasingly influence our society is biotechnology. An increasing number of modern biotechnological applications have provoked consideration of the ethical and social issues; therefore, it is important that the public is well-informed about them. Formal education in upper-secondary schools should help…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Biotechnology, Secondary School Science, Science Education
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Correia, Ana-Paula; Koehler, Natalya; Thompson, Ann; Phye, Gary – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: A multimedia software designed as a Computer-Assisted Scaffolding system was used to teach gas behavior on the submicroscopic level using Physics Education Technology Project (PhET) simulation. PhET is a set of interactive, research-based science and mathematics online simulations (https://phet. colorado.edu/). Purpose: The purpose was…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Computer Simulation, Computer Assisted Instruction, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Sharpe, Rachael; Abrahams, Ian; Fotou, Nikolaos – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: In England, there is a growing need to improve the lives of secondary school students who are defined as disadvantaged and to support these students in their attainment and attitudes to secondary school science. Purpose: This paper reports on a project designed to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds by pairing them with…
Descriptors: Mentors, Disadvantaged Youth, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Bellová, Renata; Melichercíková, Danica; Tomcík, Peter – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: The results of international studies have concluded the low level of science literacy in natural science subjects of Slovak students. These studies also showed that this state can be positively influenced by various innovations, which are implemented into the teaching process of above-mentioned subjects. Purpose: The aim of this study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Natural Sciences, Secondary School Students
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John, Merlin; Molepo, Jacob Maisha; Chirwa, Max – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: The development of context-based science curricula has been identified as one of the most effective curricular innovations to develop interest and better conceptual understanding of many areas in science. However, such a curriculum can be more fruitful if it starts with the assessment of learners' contextualized knowledge about the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries, Grade 11
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Walan, Susanne; Mc Ewen, Birgitta – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: The European Union asks for renewed pedagogies in schools according to teaching strategies and necessary competences for the twenty-first century, instead of the often-used transmissive pedagogies. The national Swedish competition in science and technology for grade eight, The Technology Eight, provides an opportunity for teachers to…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Reflection
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Ayyildiz, Yildizay; Tarhan, Leman – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: Problem-based learning (PBL) as a teaching strategy has recently become quite widespread in especially chemistry classes. Research has found that students, from elementary through college, have many alternative conceptions regarding "enthalpy changes in systems." Although there are several studies focused on identifying…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Pretests Posttests
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Hung, Venus; Fung, Dennis – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: A teaching method to improve students' ability to communicate ideas in genetics across the macro-micro levels of organisation was investigated in this study. Purpose: It is designed to help students deconstruct the level of organisation of each tier of a genetic diagram, as the symbols used in such diagrams (i.e. lines and letters) can…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Genetics, Secondary School Science, Visualization
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Karsli, Fethiye; Yigit, Mahmut – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: The context-based approach (CBA) is one of the approaches that allow learning to take place with real and related context, and this has increasingly become more popular. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of the REACT strategy of the CBA on remedying 12th grade students' alternative conceptions of…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 12, Chemistry, Secondary School Science
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Danaia, L.; McKinnon, D. H.; Fitzgerald, M. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: This research investigates the impact of a junior secondary astronomy education programme undertaken in four Australian educational jurisdictions. Purpose: Junior secondary students' perceptions of the science they experience at School are examined both before, during and after their engagement with a science programme targeting…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Astronomy, Pretests Posttests, Science Activities
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Wagaba, Francis; Treagust, David F.; Chandrasegaran, A. L.; Won, Mihye – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Enhancing students' metacognitive abilities will help to facilitate their understanding of science concepts. Purpose: The study was designed to conduct and evaluate the effectiveness of a repertoire of interventions aimed at enhancing secondary school students' metacognitive capabilities and their achievements in science. Sample: A…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Scientific Concepts, Light, Teaching Methods
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Harrison, Mark – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Practical work is widely seen as a necessary part of a good physics education, but convincing evidence that it impacts positively on pupils' learning is scarce. Recent work suggests the use of talk and discussion might hold the key to making practical work more educationally productive. Purpose: The research question that this study…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Hashweh, Maher Z. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Density is difficult to learn and teach in middle schools. This study, hypothesizing that the density concept develops as part of a conceptual system, used a conceptual change approach to teaching density. The approach emphasized the use of multiple strategies to teach the density concept and the associated concepts in the conceptual…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Grade 7, Scientific Concepts
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Çil, Emine; Çepni, Salih – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: One of the most important goals of science education is to enable students to understand the nature of science (NOS). However, generally regular science teaching in classrooms does not help students improve informed NOS views. Purpose: This study investigated the influence of an explicit reflective conceptual change approach compared…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Concept Formation, Reflection
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Genel, Abdulkadir; Topçu, Mustafa Sami – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Despite a growing body of research and curriculum reforms including socioscientific issues (SSI) across the world, how preservice science teachers (PST) or in-service science teachers can teach SSI in science classrooms needs further inquiry. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to describe the abilities of PSTs to teach SSI in middle…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Methods, Middle School Teachers
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