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Krell, Moritz; Krüger, Dirk – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: As one part of scientific meta-knowledge, students' meta-modelling knowledge should be promoted on different educational levels such as primary school, secondary school and university. This study focuses on the assessment of university students' meta-modelling knowledge using a paper-pencil questionnaire. Purpose: The general purpose…
Descriptors: College Students, Knowledge Level, Models, Questionnaires
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Pelger, Susanne; Sigrell, Anders – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Feedback is one of the most significant factors for students' development of writing skills. For feedback to be successful, however, students and teachers need a common language--a meta-language--for discussing texts. Not least because in science education such a meta-language might contribute to improve writing training and…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Writing Skills, Feedback (Response), Science Education
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Cetin, Pinar Seda – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2014
Background: Argumentation is accepted by many science educators as a major component of science education. Many studies have investigated students' conceptual understanding and their engagement in argumentative activities. However, studies conducted in the subject of chemistry are very rare. Purpose: The present study aimed to investigate the…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Science Education, Chemistry, Preservice Teachers
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Mellingsaeter, Magnus Strøm – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2014
Background: This paper presents a case study from a physics course at a Norwegian university college, investigating key aspects of a group-work project, so-called learning labs, from the participating students' perspective. Purpose: In order to develop these learning labs further, the students' perspective is important. Which aspects are essential…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Group Activities, Student Attitudes
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Wang, Kai-Ping – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2012
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of competitive Student Team Achievement Division (STAD), non-competitive STAD, and traditional learning on chemistry learning and learning perceptions. Sample, design and methods: By adopting the STAD approach, this study examined 144 nursing students at a five-year junior…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nursing Students, Group Discussion, Performance Based Assessment
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Baseya, J. M.; Francis, C. D. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2011
Background: Changes in lab style can lead to differences in learning. Two inquiry-oriented lab styles are guided inquiry (GI) and problem-based (PB). Students' attitudes towards lab are important to consider when choosing between GI and PB styles during curriculum design. Purpose: We examined the degree to which lab experiences are explained by a…
Descriptors: Biology, Curriculum Design, Student Attitudes, Course Evaluation
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Sianez, David M.; Fugere, Madeleine A.; Lennon, Carter A. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2010
Technology and engineering education students responded to a survey regarding hands-on and hands-off activities. First, the students listed hands-on and hands-off activities and what characterized the two types of activities. Activities such as building or assembling something as well as working manually with tools were viewed as hands-on. Passive…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Student Attitudes, Factor Analysis, Engineering
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Ali, Sadaquat; Rohindra, David; Coll, Richard K. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
The research in the paper involves an application of the "actual" and "preferred" versions of a previously-validated learning environment instrument: the "What is Happening in This Classroom" (WIHIC) instrument in a complex multi-cultural university-level environment. Statistical analyses suggest the instrument is…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Cooperative Learning, Classroom Environment, Teaching Methods
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Hassan, Ghali – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
The main purpose of this study was to investigate the factors that might be associated with students' attitudes towards science. The participants were 1745 students from secondary schools and universities across Australia. The results of factor analysis, descriptive statistics, Tukey's post hoc test and correlation analysis demonstrate that there…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Factor Analysis, Correlation, Foreign Countries
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Dalgety, Jacinta; Coll, Richard – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2004
Peers, family, mentors and the media may influence students' attitudes towards chemistry and their intention to enrol in tertiary chemistry courses. In this paper we report on an investigation of the perceptions students hold about their associates' attitudes towards chemistry and chemists. Data were gathered from interviews with 37 tertiary…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Student Attitudes, Higher Education, Enrollment