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Dam, M.; Janssen, F. J. J. M.; van Driel, J. H. – Research in Science Education, 2018
The implementation of educational reforms requires behavioral changes from the teachers involved. Theories on successful behavioral change prescribe the following conditions: teachers need to possess the necessary knowledge and skills, form strong positive intentions to perform the new behavior, and have a supporting environment for change.…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Intention, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Motivation
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Gregorcic, Bor; Etkina, Eugenia; Planinsic, Gorazd – Research in Science Education, 2018
In recent decades, the interactive whiteboard (IWB) has become a relatively common educational tool in Western schools. The IWB is essentially a large touch screen, that enables the user to interact with digital content in ways that are not possible with an ordinary computer-projector-canvas setup. However, the unique possibilities of IWBs are…
Descriptors: Bulletin Boards, Interactive Video, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Kallery, Maria – Research in Science Education, 2018
In this paper, we present a professional development/upgrading programme in science for early-years teachers and investigate its impact on the teachers' competencies in relation to their knowledge and teaching of science. The basic idea of the programme was to motivate the teachers by making them members of an action research group aimed at…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Faculty Development, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Teacher Competencies
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Bächtold, Manuel – Research in Science Education, 2018
The question of how to teach energy has been renewed by recent studies focusing on the learning and teaching progressions for this concept. In this context, one question has been, for the most part, overlooked: how should energy be defined throughout schooling? This paper addresses this question in three steps. We first identify and discuss two…
Descriptors: Energy, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Definitions
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Schizas, Dimitrios; Papatheodorou, Efimia; Stamou, George – Research in Science Education, 2018
This study conducts a textbook analysis in the frame of the following working hypothesis: The transformation of scientific knowledge into school knowledge is expected to reproduce the problems encountered with the scientific knowledge itself or generate additional problems, which may both induce misconceptions in textbook users. Specifically, we…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Textbook Evaluation, Textbooks, Textbook Content
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Chan, Kennedy Kam Ho; Yung, Benny Hin Wai – Research in Science Education, 2018
Teaching experience has been identified as an important factor in pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) development. However, little is known about "how" experienced teachers may draw on their previous experience to facilitate their PCK development. This study examined how two experienced high school biology teachers approached the…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Teaching Experience, Experienced Teachers, Biology
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van Vondel, Sabine; Steenbeek, Henderien; van Dijk, Marijn; van Geert, Paul – Research in Science Education, 2018
The present study was aimed at investigating the effects of a video feedback coaching intervention for upper-grade primary school teachers on students' cognitive gains in scientific knowledge. This teaching intervention was designed with the use of inquiry-based learning principles for teachers, such as the empirical cycle and the posing of…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Feedback (Response), Control Groups, Intervention
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Schuster, David; Cobern, William W.; Adams, Betty A. J.; Undreiu, Adriana; Pleasants, Brandy – Research in Science Education, 2018
Science curricula and teaching methods vary greatly, depending in part on which facets of science are emphasized, e.g., core disciplinary ideas or science practices and process skills, and perspectives differ considerably on desirable pedagogies. Given the multi-faceted nature of science and the variety of teaching methods found in practice, it is…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Science Instruction, Core Curriculum, Science Curriculum
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Yang, Fang-Ying; Liu, Shiang-Yao; Hsu, Chung-Yuan; Chiou, Guo-Li; Wu, Hsin-Kai; Wu, Ying-Tien; Chen, Sufen; Liang, Jyh-Chong; Tsai, Meng-Jung; Lee, Silvia W.-Y.; Lee, Min-Hsien; Lin, Che-Li; Chu, Regina Juchun; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Research in Science Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to develop and validate an online contextualized test for assessing students' understanding of epistemic knowledge of science. In addition, how students' understanding of epistemic knowledge of science interacts with learner factors, including time spent on science learning, interest, self-efficacy, and gender, was…
Descriptors: Science Education, Knowledge Level, Student Interests, Self Efficacy
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Doganca Kucuk, Zerrin; Saysel, Ali Kerem – Research in Science Education, 2018
A systems-based classroom intervention on environmental education was designed for seventh grade students; the results were evaluated to see its impact on the development of systems thinking skills and standard science achievement and whether the systems approach is a more effective way to teach environmental issues that are dynamic and complex. A…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Environmental Influences, Quasiexperimental Design, Intervention
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Mangiante, Elaine Silva – Research in Science Education, 2018
The intent of national efforts to frame science education standards is to promote students' development of scientific practices and conceptual understanding for their future role as scientifically literate citizens (NRC 2012). A guiding principle of science education reform is that all students receive equitable opportunities to engage in rigorous…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Urban Schools, Science Education
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Milbourne, Jeff; Wiebe, Eric – Research in Science Education, 2018
While Physics Education Research has a rich tradition of problem-solving scholarship, most of the work has focused on more traditional, well-defined problems. Less work has been done with ill-structured problems, problems that are better aligned with the engineering and design-based scenarios promoted by the Next Generation Science Standards. This…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, High School Students, Physics, Science Instruction
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Caleon, Imelda S.; Tan, Yuen Sze Michelle; Cho, Young Hoan – Research in Science Education, 2018
This study utilized multiple data sources to examine the beliefs about learning and teaching physics and the instructional practices of five beginning teachers and seven experienced teachers from Singapore. Our study was implemented in the unique context of teachers teaching the topic of electricity to students grouped according to academic…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Educational Practices
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Thompson, E. David; Bowling, Bethany V.; Markle, Ross E. – Research in Science Education, 2018
Studies over the last 30 years have considered various factors related to student success in introductory biology courses. While much of the available literature suggests that the best predictors of success in a college course are prior college grade point average (GPA) and class attendance, faculty often require a valuable predictor of success in…
Descriptors: Success, Biology, Science Instruction, Predictor Variables
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Biggers, Mandy – Research in Science Education, 2018
Questioning is a central practice in science classrooms. However, not every question translates into a "good" science investigation. Questions that drive science investigations can be provided by many sources including the teacher, the curriculum, or the student. The variations in the source of investigation questions were explored in…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
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