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Stagg, Bethan C.; Verde, Michael F. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Although plant reproduction is a core subject in school science curricula, botanical topics are typically unpopular with students. Integrating the arts into science subject matter has the potential to increase student interest and understanding. Educational theatre has shown particular promise in this area. Purpose: The study examined…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Plants (Botany), Interdisciplinary Approach, Theater Arts
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Schroeder, Meadow; McKeough, Anne; Graham, Susan A.; Norris, Stephen P. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Uncertainty is a crucial element of scientific knowledge growth. Students should have some understanding of how science knowledge is developed and why scientific conclusions are considered more or less certain than others. A component of the nature of science, it is considered an important aspect of science education and allows…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Scientific Principles, Grade 5, Grade 9
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Emvalotis, Anastassios; Koutsianou, Athina – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: A growing interest in student's perceptions of scientists has been identified in the literature, relying on the argument that stereotypical perceptions of scientists may affect student attitudes towards science and their willingness to pursue a science-related career. Thus, over the past 30 years, many studies have investigated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Scientists
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Baser, Derya; Ozden, M. Yasar; Karaarslan, Hasan – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: Blending collaborative learning and project-based learning (PBL) based on Wolff (2003) design categories, students interacted in a learning environment where they developed their technology integration practices as well as their technological and collaborative skills. Purpose: The study aims to understand how seventh grade students…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cooperative Learning, Active Learning, Student Projects
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Uçar, F. Melike; Sungur, Semra – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: Numerous studies have been conducted to investigate the factors related to science achievement. In these studies, the classroom goal structure perceptions, engagement, and self-efficacy of the students have emerged as important factors to be examined in relation to students' science achievement. Purpose: This study examines the…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Learner Engagement, Science Achievement, Goal Orientation
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Çam, Aylin; Geban, Ömer – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: The development of primary pre-service teachers' chemistry motivation and attitudes toward chemistry were examined in order to develop their science literacy using case-based learning. Students' ideas were emphasized, real-life situations were discussed, and students could share their ideas and knowledge with peers; as a result,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Chemistry, Student Motivation
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Sakiz, Gonul – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: In recent research, affective learning environments and affective support have been receiving increasing attention for their roles in stimulating students' learning outcomes. Despite its raising importance, little is known about affective support in educational contexts in developing countries. Moreover, international student…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Affective Behavior, Correlation, Teacher Influence
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Blankenburg, Janet S.; Höffler, Tim N.; Peters, Heide; Parchmann, Ilka – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Science Olympiads and science fairs are effective instruments to foster interested and talented students. However, at most schools competitions are not systematically integrated into the school mission statement so that students are unaware of these opportunities. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness…
Descriptors: Science Fairs, Competition, Grade 6, Self Determination
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Aktas, Idris; Bilgin, Ibrahim – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background: Many researchers agree that students, especially primary students, have learning difficulties on the "Particulate Nature of Matter" unit. One reason for this difficulty is not considering individual differences for teaching science. In 4MAT model learning, environment is arranged according to individual differences. Purpose:…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Science Achievement, Student Motivation
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Harrell, Pamela; Subramaniam, Karthigeyan – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background and purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate and identify the nature and the interrelatedness of pre-service teachers' misconceptions and scientific concepts for explaining dissolving before, during, and after a 5E learning cycle lesson on dissolving, the intervention. Sample, design, and methods: Guided by Vygotsky's…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Concept Formation, Interviews, Freehand Drawing
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Avraamidou, Lucy – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2013
Background: Reform recommendations around the world call for an understanding about the nature of science and the work of scientists. However, related research findings provide evidence that students hold stereotypical views of scientists and the nature of their work. Purpose: The aim of this case study was to examine the impact of an intervention…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientists, Stereotypes, Elementary School Students
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Davies, Daniel John; Collier, Christopher; Howe, Alan – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2012
Background: This article reports on an evaluation study of a project seeking to develop the use of position-linked datalogging with primary pupils in environmental science contexts. Purpose: The study sought to find out the extent to which the project had developed: (1) participant teachers' confidence in using datalogging as an everyday part of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inquiry, Elementary School Students, Skill Development
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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