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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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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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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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Koscianski, Andre; Ribeiro, Rafael Joao; da Silva, Sani Carvalho Rutz – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2012
Background: Advance organizers are instructional materials that help students use previous knowledge to make links with new information. Short animation movies are a possible format and are well suited for physics, as they can portray dynamic phenomena and represent abstract concepts. Purpose: The study aimed to determine guidelines for the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Animation, Video Technology, Audiovisual Instruction
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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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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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Baser, Mustafa; Geban, Omer – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2007
This study was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of learning activities based on conceptual change conditions and traditionally designed physics instruction on tenth-grade students' understanding of static electricity concepts and their attitudes toward physics as a school subject. Misconceptions related to static electricity concepts…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Misconceptions, Learning Activities, Experimental Groups
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Tarhan, Leman; Acar, Burcin – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2007
The purpose of this research study was to examine the effectiveness of problem-based learning (PBL) on eleventh grade students' understanding of "The effects of temperature, concentration and pressure on cell potential" and also their social skills. Stratified randomly selected control and experimental groups with 20 students each were used in…
Descriptors: Grade 11, Teaching Methods, Misconceptions, Group Activities
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Gurses, Ahmet; Acikyildiz, Metin; Dogar, Cetin; Sozbilir, Mustafa – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2007
The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a problem-based learning (PBL) approach in a physical chemistry laboratory course. The parameters investigated were students' attitudes towards a chemistry laboratory course, scientific process skills of students and their academic achievement. The design of the study was one group…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, Science Laboratories
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Baser, Mustafa; Geban, Omer – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2007
This study investigated the differential effects of two modes of instructional program (conceptual change oriented and traditionally designed) and gender difference on students' understanding of heat and temperature concepts, and their attitudes toward science as a school subject. The subjects of this study consisted of 72 seventh grade students…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Teaching Methods, Logical Thinking, Conventional Instruction