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Schroeder, Meadow; McKeough, Anne; Graham, Susan A.; Norris, Stephen P. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Uncertainty is a crucial element of scientific knowledge growth. Students should have some understanding of how science knowledge is developed and why scientific conclusions are considered more or less certain than others. A component of the nature of science, it is considered an important aspect of science education and allows…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Scientific Principles, Grade 5, Grade 9
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Irmak, Meltem; Tüzün, Özgül Yilmaz – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Understanding pre-service science teachers' (PSTs) perceived knowledge on a subject and teaching that subject is important to better prepare these teachers for their future career. Purpose: In this study, PSTs' perceived Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) on genetics and the contribution of the dimensions of perceived…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Technological Literacy
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Eriksson, Andreas; Nordrum, Lene – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: Data commentary, in-text comments on the visual presentation of data, is acknowledged as a central aspect of academic writing in many engineering disciplines. At the same time, it is a feature that has been shown to be challenging for students. One of the genres in which data commentary plays a significant role in many engineering…
Descriptors: Chemical Engineering, Student Attitudes, Graduate Students, Masters Theses
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Brown, Katrina – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: Many students carry negative beliefs about nuclear radiation and have concerns regarding the safety of nuclear power. However, most of these students have not had any personal or educational experiences with nuclear radiation or reactors on which to form these opinions. Purpose: To examine the influence that a visit to a nuclear…
Descriptors: Nuclear Energy, Outreach Programs, Student Attitudes, Facilities
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Baser, Derya; Ozden, M. Yasar; Karaarslan, Hasan – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: Blending collaborative learning and project-based learning (PBL) based on Wolff (2003) design categories, students interacted in a learning environment where they developed their technology integration practices as well as their technological and collaborative skills. Purpose: The study aims to understand how seventh grade students…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cooperative Learning, Active Learning, Student Projects
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Günter, Tugçe; Akkuzu, Nalan; Alpat, Senol – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2017
Background: This study uses problem-based learning (PBL) to ensure that students comprehend the significance of green chemistry better by experiencing the stages of identifying the problem, developing hypotheses, and providing solutions within the problem-solving process. Purpose: The aim of this study is to research the effect of PBL implemented…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Science Education, Environmental Education
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Boz, Yezdan; Yerdelen-Damar, Sevda; Aydemir, Nurdane; Aydemir, Murat – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2016
Background: Investigating factors contributing to chemistry achievement is important since it enables us to make more concrete instructional decisions related to improving students' chemistry achievement. Purpose: This study aimed to investigate how students' perceptions of learning environment, self-efficacy and gender are related to chemistry…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Student Attitudes, Beliefs
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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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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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Parsons, Eileen Carlton; Miles, Rhea; Petersen, Michael – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2011
Background: Research has primarily concentrated on adults' implicit theories about high quality science education for all students. Little work has considered the students' perspective. This study investigated high school students' implicit theories about what helped them learn science. Purpose: This study addressed (1) What characterizes high…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Attitudes, Educational Strategies, Learning Readiness
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Francis, Leslie J.; Greer, John E. – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1999
Describes the development of a new measure of attitude towards science for use among secondary school pupils which operationalizes the affective attitudinal domain. Scale norms demonstrate that males record a more positive attitude towards science than females, and that younger pupils record a more positive attitude than older pupils. (Contains 78…
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Age Differences, Attitude Measures, Interest Inventories
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Fisher, Darrell L.; Waldrip, Bruce G. – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1999
Describes the development and validation of an instrument for assessing culturally-sensitive factors of students' learning environments and for examining associations between these factors, students' achievement of inquiry skills, students' attitudes toward science, and teacher/student interactions. Discusses findings related to instrument…
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Classroom Environment, Culturally Relevant Education, Inquiry