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Stagg, Bethan C.; Verde, Michael F. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Although plant reproduction is a core subject in school science curricula, botanical topics are typically unpopular with students. Integrating the arts into science subject matter has the potential to increase student interest and understanding. Educational theatre has shown particular promise in this area. Purpose: The study examined…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Plants (Botany), Interdisciplinary Approach, Theater Arts
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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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Saouma, Dahlia; Bahous, Rima; Natout, Mahmoud; Nabhani, Mona – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: This study investigates the role of figures of speech in the process of conceptual change in the physics classroom. Purpose: Its objectives are to examine what teachers and students perceive to be the advantages in using figures of speech in teaching physics concepts, what they perceive to be the challenges in using them, and how…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Physics, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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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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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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Gurcay, Deniz; Gulbas, Etna – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background: Misconceptions are major obstacles to learning physics, and the concepts of heat and temperature are some of the common misconceptions that are encountered in daily life. Therefore, it is important to develop valid and reliable tools to determine students' misconceptions about basic thermodynamics concepts. Three-tier tests are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Tests, Scientific Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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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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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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Frailich, Marcel; Kesner, Miri; Hofstein, Avi – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2007
The goal of this study was to investigate whether integrating a website into chemistry teaching influences 10th-grade students' perceptions of the classroom learning environment, their attitudes regarding the relevance of chemistry, and their understanding of the concept of chemical bonding. Two groups participated in this study: an experimental…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Internet, Science Achievement, Chemistry
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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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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