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Williams, P. John; Otrel-Cass, Kathrin – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: Inquiry learning in science provides authentic and relevant contexts in which students can create knowledge to solve problems, make decisions and find solutions to issues in today's world. The use of electronic networks can facilitate this interaction, dialogue and sharing, and adds a new dimension to classroom pedagogy. Purpose: This…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Case Studies
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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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Rodd, Melissa; Reiss, Michael; Mujtaba, Tamjid – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2013
Background: The research on which this article is based was commissioned because of concerns about perceived shortages of willing and able young people choosing to study physics at university. Purpose: This article reports on first year physics undergraduates' narratives of why they are studying physics and uses these narratives to identify…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Physics, Science Instruction, College Science
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Naugah, Jayantee; Watts, Mike – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2013
Background: The population of Mauritius consists of 52% females and scientific literacy is seen to be of vital importance for all young people if they are to be sufficiently equipped to meet the challenges of a fast changing world. Previous research shows, however, that science is not popular among girls. This paper explores one of many reasons…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Females, Science Education
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Waldrip, Bruce G.; Fisher, Darrell L.; Dorman, Jeffrey – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
This paper reports on part of a large-scale study aimed at examining students' perceptions of assessment. This paper will report on a study utilising mixed methodology in 150 Australian middle school classrooms. The purpose of the study described in this paper was to use the Students' Perceptions of Assessment Questionnaire on Teacher Interaction…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Construct Validity, Science Teachers, Role Models
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Eames, Chris; Stewart, Kevin – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
The research reported here follows previous articles in this special issue which detail a national study involving a team of researchers across four higher education institutions in New Zealand. A key theme that emerged from a collection of questionnaire, interview and observational data was the central importance of teacher-student and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Engineering Education
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Coll, Richard K. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
This paper reports on a major national study of higher education science and engineering learning communities in New Zealand. The scope of the research project along with a description of the methodology and method used in the study together with rationale for the study and research approach adopted are provided here. Details of the theoretical…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Scientific Methodology
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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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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
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Dawson, Vaille; Soames, Christina – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2006
Our education system aims to equip young people with the knowledge, problem-solving skills and values to cope with an increasingly technological society. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of biotechnology education on adolescents' understanding and attitudes about processes associated with biotechnology. Data were drawn from…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Interviews
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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
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Bowker, Rob – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2004
The study described is part of a larger research programme designed to investigate primary aged children's learning during a visit to the Eden Project. Children from eight primary schools were interviewed approximately four weeks after a one-day, teacher-led visit to the Eden Project (EP) in Cornwall. Their responses revealed that the children…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Science Education, Sensory Experience, Student Attitudes