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Paš, Maja; Vogrinc, Janez; Raspor, Peter; Udovc Kneževic, Nada; Cehovin Zajc, Jožica – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Purpose: One area of science that will increasingly influence our society is biotechnology. An increasing number of modern biotechnological applications have provoked consideration of the ethical and social issues; therefore, it is important that the public is well-informed about them. Formal education in upper-secondary schools should help…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Biotechnology, Secondary School Science, Science Education
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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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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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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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Liou, Pey-Yan – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background: The nature of technology has been rarely discussed despite the fact that technology plays an essential role in modern society. It is important to discuss students' concepts of the nature of technology, and further to advance their technological literacy and adaptation to modern society. There is a need to assess high school students'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Technology, Student Attitudes, Knowledge Level
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Sadi, Ozlem; Lee, Min-Hsien – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background: The conceptions of learning have a deep effect on the learning process, and accordingly on learning outcomes. Some researchers emphasize that conceptions of learning are domain-dependent and there should be more research in different domains (e.g. science, literature) to enhance students' understanding of conceptions of learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Science Instruction, Grade 10
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Kapucu, Serkan; Bahçivan, Eralp – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2015
Background: There are some theoretical evidences that explain the relationships between core beliefs (i.e., epistemological beliefs) and peripheral beliefs (self-efficacy in learning) in the literature. The close relationships of such type of beliefs with attitudes are also discussed by some researchers. Constructing a model that investigates…
Descriptors: High School Students, Epistemology, Self Efficacy, Science Instruction
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Loh, Adrian Sin Loy; Subramaniam, R.; Tan, Kim Chwee Daniel – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2014
Background: The development of two-tier multiple-choice questions has permitted the diagnosis of students' understanding on various topics in the sciences as well as helped to ascertain the alternative conceptions they have. A limitation of two-tier diagnostic instruments that has been noted in the literature, but which has not been…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, High School Students, Knowledge Level, Student Attitudes
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Chiou, Guo-Li; Lee, Min-Hsien; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2013
Background and purpose: Knowing how students learn physics is a central goal of physics education. The major purpose of this study is to examine the strength of the predictive power of students' epistemic views and conceptions of learning in terms of their approaches to learning in physics. Sample, design and method: A total of 279 Taiwanese high…
Descriptors: Physics, High School Students, Learning Strategies, Epistemology
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Lin, Tzung-Jin; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2013
Background: Past studies have shown significant associations between students' conceptions of learning science and their science learning self-efficacy. However, in most of the studies, students' science learning self-efficacy has often been measured by a singular scale. Purpose: Extending the findings of these studies, the present study adopted a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Self Efficacy, Science Education
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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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Koul, Rekha Bhan; Fisher, D. L.; Shaw, Toni – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2011
Background and purpose: The present study reports on the findings of a study conducted in New Zealand using the actual and preferred forms of a classroom environment instrument, the Technology-Rich Outcomes-focussed Learning Environment Inventory (TROFLEI) and three affective outcome scales. Main aims of this study were to validate the instrument…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Science, Measures (Individuals), Classroom Environment
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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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Elstad, Eyvind; Turmo, Are – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2010
The purpose of this study is to explore students' self-regulation and teachers' influence in science and to examine interplay between ethnicity and gender. Analysis of data from seven Oslo schools (1112 sampled students in the first year of high school) shows that the ethnic minority students reported using learning strategies in science more…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Ethnicity, Minority Groups
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Hussein, Furat; Reid, Norman – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
The difficulties of learning chemistry are related to the nature of chemistry itself and the methods by which chemistry is customarily taught. Frequently, the way of presenting chemistry does not take into account the psychology of the learner. With senior school pupils (over 1600 were involved) in the Emirates, a series of studies was conducted,…
Descriptors: Time Management, Chemistry, Short Term Memory, Information Processing
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