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Ng, Wan – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
The fundamental concepts of ethics: value, obligation and responsibility are what many of us use in our everyday decision-making on issues that affect our lives. Students in the coursework unit "Science and technology in contemporary society" learn about these concepts in relation to science and technological research and development. The learning…
Descriptors: Fundamental Concepts, Research and Development, Student Attitudes, Online Courses
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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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Clark, Jim; Dodd, Dave; Coll, Richard K. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
Two earlier papers in this special issue detail staff and student perceptions of their higher education science and engineering learning communities for the New Zealand university and polytechnic sectors (Campbell et al. 2008; Cronje and Coll 2008). These findings suggest the students in these communities gradually come to share some of the views…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Engineering Education, Acculturation
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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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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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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
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Thurston, A.; Topping, K. J.; Christie, D.; Donaldson, C.; Howe, C. J.; Jessiman, E.; Livingston, K.; Tolmie, A. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
This study investigated the effects of collaborative group work skills training on pupil attainment in science. Twenty-four experimental classes were drawn from schools in rural and urban settings. Pupils in experimental classrooms engaged in general group work skills training and two structured group work activities in science. Attainment was…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Job Skills, Rural Urban Differences, Achievement Gains
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Hassan, Ghali – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
The main purpose of this study was to investigate the factors that might be associated with students' attitudes towards science. The participants were 1745 students from secondary schools and universities across Australia. The results of factor analysis, descriptive statistics, Tukey's post hoc test and correlation analysis demonstrate that there…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Factor Analysis, Correlation, Foreign Countries
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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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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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Randler, Christoph; Hulde, Madeleine – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2007
This study focused on differences between teacher-centred and learner-centred experiments in soil ecology. After a pilot study, we selected three experiments simple enough to be carried out by pupils even with little experience in self-determined learning and hands-on practice. The sample comprised 123 fifth and sixth graders from a middle school…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Ecology, Middle Schools, Hands on Science
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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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Summers, Mike; Childs, Ann – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2007
Conceptions of sustainable development were elicited using a questionnaire completed by three cohorts of postgraduate students starting a secondary science teacher-training course (N = 123). Qualitative responses were analysed in three ways: (i) development of categories to capture features of sustainable development; (ii) scrutiny of individual…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Science Teachers, Sustainable Development, Questionnaires
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Lightburn, Millard E.; Fraser, Barry J. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2007
The main purpose of this research was to evaluate the use of anthropometric activities among a sample of 761 high-school biology students in terms of student outcomes (achievement and attitudes) and classroom environment (assessed with the Science Laboratory Environment Inventory, SLEI). Data analyses supported the SLEI's factorial validity,…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Biology, Student Attitudes, High School Students
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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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