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Laux, Katie – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: Incorporating student voice into the science classroom has the potential to positively impact science teaching and learning. However, students are rarely consulted on school and classroom matters. This literature review examines the effects of including student voice in the science classroom. Purpose: The purpose of this literature…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Periodicals
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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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Juuti, Kalle; Lavonen, Jari – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: In developed countries, it is challenging for teachers to select pedagogical practices that encourage students to enrol in science and technology courses in upper secondary school. Purpose: Aiming to understand the enrolment dynamics, this study analyses sample-based data from Finland's National Assessment in Science to determine…
Descriptors: Intention, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Science, Physics
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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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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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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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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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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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Owen, Sian; Dickson, Dominic; Stanisstreet, Martin; Boyes, Edward – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
The decline in the popularity of physics over the period of secondary schooling and its consequent low uptake at A-level and beyond continues to cause concern on educational and economic grounds. The aim of this study is to explore whether physics might be made more attractive to students by employing an extended range of classroom and laboratory…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Physics, Science Instruction
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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
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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