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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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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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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
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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
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de Jesus, Helena Pedrosa; de Souza, Francisle Neri; Teixeira-Dias, Jose J. C.; Watts, Mike – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2005
Designing inquiry-based-learning with and for university students develops problem-solving skills and logical reasoning, as well as reflective thinking. It involves working as a member of a team, questioning, being creative, shaping the skills for continued intellectual development. It is argued that inquiry-based group work is one of the most…
Descriptors: Participant Observation, Intellectual Development, Chemistry, Student Attitudes
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Spall, Katie; Barrett, Stephanie; Stanisstreet, Martin; Dickson, Dominic; Boyes, Edward – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2003
There is continuing concern about the low enrolment of students on to some undergraduate science courses, especially physics. Here we explore some of the reasons that might underpin this. The views about physics and biology of Year 1 undergraduate students on English, physics and biology programmes of study were compared using a closed-form…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Physics, Multivariate Analysis, Biology
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Marques, Luis; Praia, Joao; Kempa, Richard – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2003
This paper reports the findings of a preliminary evaluation of an in-service training programme designed for practising geology/earth science teachers in Portuguese high schools and intended to enhance the effectiveness of fieldwork activities organised by them for their students. Among the points particularly stressed during the in-service…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Sciences, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction
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Jenkins, Edgar W.; Nelson, N. W. – Research in Science and Technological Education, 2005
This article presents some of the results of the questionnaire-based Relevance of Science Education Project (ROSE) carried out in England in the latter half of 2003 as part of a wider international comparative study based at the University of Oslo. Data, drawn from 1277 students, most of whom were 14 or 15 years old, indicate their views about…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Science, Outcomes of Education, Science Education
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Brophy, Michael; Pillay, Patrick – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1986
Provides an overview of the educational program of the Seychelles and focuses on an evaluation of the final phase (P7-P9) of the nine-year school program. Reports how findings from content analyses of materials, teacher and student interviews, and student test results were used to develop the new Seychelles Integrated Science program. (ML)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Program Evaluation, Science Curriculum
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Rennie, Leonie J.; And Others – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1992
This paper describes the evaluation of three curriculum models to teach technology. The three modules present technology as a design process involving problem identification and analysis; generation and evaluation of alternative solutions; planning and construction of models; and trialing, modification and evaluation. Participating pupil's…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attitude Change, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation