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Van De Heyde, Valentino; Siebrits, André – 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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Ramlo, Susan – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: Nationally, many public universities have started to move into the online course and program market that was previously associated with for-profit institutions of higher education. Public university administrators state that students seek the flexibility of online courses. But do students want to take courses online, especially…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Physics, Online Courses, College Freshmen
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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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Krämer, Philipp; Nessler, Stefan H.; Schlüter, Kirsten – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background: Inquiry-based science education (IBSE) is suitable to teach scientific contents as well as to foster scientific skills. Similar conclusions are drawn by studies with respect to scientific literacy, motivational aspects, vocabulary knowledge, conceptual understandings, critical thinking, and attitudes toward science. Nevertheless, IBSE…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Barriers
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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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Salman Ashraf, S.; Rauf, M. A.; Abdullah, Fatema H. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2012
Background: One of the unfortunate side effects of the industrial revolution has been the constant assault of the environment with various forms of pollution. Lately, this issue has taken a more critical dimension as prospects of global climate change and irreversible ecosystem damage are becoming a reality. Purpose: College graduates (especially…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Chemistry, Ecology, Climate
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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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Campbell, Todd – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2011
This research presents a multiple case study investigating the personal frameworks of pre-service science teachers as they experience a science in society course. Through examining the metaphors employed by the participants' student experiences were illuminated. These experiences revealed shifts in frameworks over time that were more consistent…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Models
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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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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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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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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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Chittleborough, Gail D.; Treagust, David F.; Mamiala, Thapelo L.; Mocerino, Mauro – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2005
The purpose of this paper was to investigate students' views on models and modelling in science as well as the role that models play in learning, using a theoretical framework of models in learning. Students' views on models in science were investigated using a pencil-and-paper questionnaire given to 275 students from Grade 8 (13 years old) to…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Teaching Models, Learning Processes, Epistemology