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Hand, Brian; Cavagnetto, Andy; Chen, Ying-Chih; Park, Soonhye – Research in Science Education, 2016
Given current concerns internationally about student performance in science and the need to shift how science is being learnt in schools, as a community, we need to shift how we approach the issue of learning and teaching in science. In the future, we are going to have to close the gap between how students construct and engage with knowledge in a…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Science Instruction, Educational Methods, Classroom Environment
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Selcuk, Gamze Sezgin; Sahin, Mehmet; Acikgoz, Kamile Un – Research in Science Education, 2011
This article reports on the influence of learning strategy instruction on student teachers' physics achievement, attitude towards physics, and achievement motivation. A pre-test/post-test quasi-experimental design with matching control group was used in the study. Two groups of student teachers (n = 75) who were enrolled in an introductory physics…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Science Achievement, Physics, Learning Strategies
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Wu, Huang-Ching; Chang, Chun-Yen; Chen, Chia-Li D.; Yeh, Ting-Kuang; Liu, Cheng-Chueh – Research in Science Education, 2010
This study developed two testing devices, namely the animation-based test (ABT) and the graphic-based test (GBT) in the area of earth sciences covering four domains that ranged from astronomy, meteorology, oceanography to geology. Both the students' achievements of and their attitudes toward ABT compared to GBT were investigated. The purposes of…
Descriptors: Animation, Science Achievement, Testing, Academic Achievement
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Wong, Kenson Kin Hang; Day, Jeffrey Richard – Research in Science Education, 2009
The purpose of the study is to compare problem based learning (PBL) and lecture-based learning (LBL) in Hong Kong secondary students' science achievement. Secondary One students were divided into two groups: group A (n = 37), was taught two topics: "Human Reproduction" and "Density" through PBL; group B (n = 38) was taught the…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Early Adolescents, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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Wolf, Stephen J.; Fraser, Barry J. – Research in Science Education, 2008
This study compared inquiry and non-inquiry laboratory teaching in terms of students' perceptions of the classroom learning environment, attitudes toward science, and achievement among middle-school physical science students. Learning environment and attitude scales were found to be valid and related to each other for a sample of 1,434 students in…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Physical Sciences, Science Laboratories, Educational Environment
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Endler, Lorna C.; Bond, Trevor G. – Research in Science Education, 2008
Inquiry is seen as an integral part of science education in the USA; however, few American science programs explicitly focus on the higher order thinking skills that are the precursors to inquiry. In this paper, Australian researchers report the result of using a version of the Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education (CASE) program in a…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Thinking Skills, Science Education, Cognitive Development
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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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Coll, Richard K.; Dahsah, Chanyah; Faikhamta, Chatree – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2010
The literature is replete with studies about the importance of context in relation to teaching and learning. Major international studies such as PISA, among others, attempt to develop an understanding of achievement in science learning in a variety of educational contexts. Here we explore the influence of educational context itself on science…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Environment, Context Effect, Science Education
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Forster, Patricia A. – Research in Science Education, 2004
Interpretation and construction of graphs are central to the study of physics and to performance in physics. In this paper, I explore the interpretation and construction processes called upon in questions with a graphical component, in Western Australian Physics Tertiary Entrance Examinations. In addition, I list errors made by students as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Graphs, College Entrance Examinations