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Van De Heyde, Valentino; Siebrits, AndrĂ© – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Students' well preparedness for laboratory sessions is of importance for a number of reasons including them being able to engage in and learn from the session and in acquiring the necessary laboratory skills needed for the scientific community and for possible further work in industry. To enhance the preparedness of the students an…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Physics, Science Instruction, Blended Learning
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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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Lin, Tzung-Jin; Tan, Aik-Ling; Lee, Min-Hsien; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: Researchers have indicated that assessment practices and methods should support learners' construction of meaningful understanding of knowledge. Understanding students' conceptions of assessment will enable us to construct more realistic, valid and fair assessments. Learners' conceptualization of assessment would be imperative to serve…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Student Attitudes, Grade 8, Foreign Countries
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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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Berglund, Teresa; Gericke, Niklas; Chang Rundgren, Shu-Nu – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2014
Background: Sustainable development (SD) is a complex idea, based on environmental, economic and social dimensions. In line with SD, education for sustainable development (ESD) is an approach to teaching that combines cognitive and affective domains and aims to build empowerment abilities. Purpose: The purpose of this article is to investigate…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Consciousness Raising
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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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Topping, K. J.; Thurston, A.; Tolmie, A.; Christie, D.; Murray, P.; Karagiannidou, E. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2011
The use of cooperative learning in secondary school is reported--an area of considerable concern given attempts to make secondary schools more interactive and gain higher recruitment to university science courses. In this study the intervention group was 259 pupils aged 12-14 years in nine secondary schools, taught by 12 self-selected teachers.…
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Intervention, Academic Achievement, Cooperative Learning
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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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Ong, Eng Tek; Ruthven, Kenneth – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2010
A recent reform initiative in the Malaysian educational system has sought to develop "Smart schools", intended to better prepare students for adult life in a developing economy and to increase the flow of young people prepared for scientific and technological careers. The study reported in this paper examined lower-secondary science…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Observation, Science Process Skills, Science Instruction
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Narjaikaew, Pattawan; Emarat, Narumon; Cowie, Bronwen – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
This paper reports on the implementation of a guided note taking strategy to promote Thai students' understanding of electromagnetism during a lecture course. The aim of the study was to enhance student learning of electromagnetism concepts. The developed guided notes contain quotations, diagrams, pictures, problems, and blank spaces to encourage…
Descriptors: Test Results, Science Instruction, Learning Strategies, Physics
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Glaesser, Judith; Gott, Richard; Roberts, Ros; Cooper, Barry – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
Both substantive (i.e. factual knowledge, concepts, laws and theories) and procedural knowledge (understanding and applying concepts such as reliability and validity, measurement and calibration, data collection, measurement error, the ability to interpret evidence and the like) are involved in carrying out an open-ended science investigation.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Investigations, Student Attitudes, Comparative Analysis
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Lightburn, Millard E.; Fraser, Barry J. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2007
The main purpose of this research was to evaluate the use of anthropometric activities among a sample of 761 high-school biology students in terms of student outcomes (achievement and attitudes) and classroom environment (assessed with the Science Laboratory Environment Inventory, SLEI). Data analyses supported the SLEI's factorial validity,…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Biology, Student Attitudes, High School Students
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Frailich, Marcel; Kesner, Miri; Hofstein, Avi – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2007
The goal of this study was to investigate whether integrating a website into chemistry teaching influences 10th-grade students' perceptions of the classroom learning environment, their attitudes regarding the relevance of chemistry, and their understanding of the concept of chemical bonding. Two groups participated in this study: an experimental…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Internet, Science Achievement, Chemistry
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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