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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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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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Jarman, Ruth; McClune, Billy – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
Despite calls that the school science curriculum should develop among students an ability to understand and respond critically to science-related media reports, very little research has been directed toward an important matter relevant to that aim, namely, how children and young people, untutored, react to science in the news. This study sought,…
Descriptors: News Reporting, Misconceptions, Science Instruction, News Media
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Jung, Eun Sook; Reid, Norman – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
Working memory capacity has been shown to be an important factor in controlling understanding in the sciences. Attitudes related to studies in the sciences are also known to be important in relation to success in learning. It might be argued that if working memory capacity is a rate controlling feature of learning and success in understanding…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Short Term Memory, Foreign Countries, Sciences
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Baram-Tsabari, Ayelet; Yarden, Anat – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
Many of the explanations for girls' disinterest in physics focus on the role of the educational system in creating this situation. Here, we use evidence from free-choice science learning settings to study if this lack of interest is also expressed in non-school settings. Three sets of self-generated questions raised by children, adolescents and…
Descriptors: Females, Physics, Biology, Science Instruction