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Solli, Anne; Hillman, Thomas; Mäkitalo, Åsa – Research in Science Education, 2019
In this article, we argue that students' unfolding discourse on socio-scientific issues (SSI) can be fruitfully analyzed by using dialogical theories of language and communication (Bakhtin 1986; Linell 2009). While research in science education often reports on how individual reasoning changes when bringing SSI into the classroom, we argue for the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Thinking Skills, Discourse Analysis
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López-Lozano, L.; Solís, E.; Azcárate, P. – Research in Science Education, 2018
Assessment is one of the key elements in the development of the curriculum since it forms a cycle of interdependence with the other curricular areas (content, methods, etc.). This work presents the changes detected in the conceptions about assessment in science that a sample of 311 prospective primary teachers had before and after a training…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Incidence, Formative Evaluation, Science Curriculum
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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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Dickes, Amanda Catherine; Sengupta, Pratim – Research in Science Education, 2013
In this paper, we investigate how elementary school students develop multi-level explanations of population dynamics in a simple predator-prey ecosystem, through scaffolded interactions with a multi-agent-based computational model (MABM). The term "agent" in an MABM indicates individual computational objects or actors (e.g., cars), and these…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Elementary School Science, Scientific Concepts
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Orlander Arvola, Auli; Lundegard, Iann – Research in Science Education, 2012
This paper approaches learning as a response instead of the acquisition of something previously expected. More specifically, it describes a process of argumentation on socioscientific issues in a classroom situation in school science amongst 15-year-old students in Sweden. The analysis of an argumentation on abortion in a science classroom…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Classroom Environment, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction
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Southerland, Sherry A.; Sowell, Scott; Blanchard, Margaret; Granger, E. M. – Research in Science Education, 2011
It is well established that many teachers are resistant to take up the messages of reform if these messages require them to substantially shift their teaching practices. What accounts for this resistance? One well established explanation is that teachers lacks the self-efficacy required to attempt something new in their teaching--they simply do…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Educational Change, Science Teachers, Faculty Development
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Campbell, Alison; Otrel-Cass, Kathrin – Research in Science Education, 2011
New Zealand has had a national school science curriculum for more than 80 years. In the past the evolution content of this document has varied, and has at times been strongly influenced by creationist lobby groups. The "new" science curriculum, to be fully implemented in 2010, places much greater emphasis than before on understanding…
Descriptors: Evolution, Curriculum Development, International Schools, Scientific Principles
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van Eijck, Michiel; Goedhart, Martin J.; Ellermeijer, Ton – Research in Science Education, 2011
Polysemy in graph-related practices is the phenomenon that a single graph can sustain different meanings assigned to it. Considerable research has been done on polysemy in graph-related practices in school science in which graphs are rather used as scientific tools. However, graphs in science textbooks are also used rather pedagogically to…
Descriptors: Graphs, Textbook Content, Textbooks, Biology
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Murphy, Cliona; Murphy, Colette; Kilfeather, Paula – Research in Science Education, 2011
This study explored the effects that the incorporation of nature of science (NoS) activities in the primary science classroom had on children's perceptions and understanding of science. We compared children's ideas in four classes by inviting them to talk, draw and write about what science meant to them: two of the classes were taught by "NoS"…
Descriptors: Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction
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Erol, Mustafa; Oflaz, Özlem – Electronic Journal for Research in Science & Mathematics Education, 2020
In contrast to the determinist and non-discrete structure of classical physical concepts, the probabilistic and discrete/quantised structure of quantum physics embeds certain difficulties in deeper understanding and teaching activities. In this study, in order to understand and to teach the concept of quantization more effectively, a clear analogy…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Quantum Mechanics, Mechanics (Physics)
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Madden, Lauren – Electronic Journal for Research in Science & Mathematics Education, 2020
In this personal narrative reflection, the author examines her experiences teaching everyday science during the COVID-19 pandemic. She provides examples of curiosity-driven explorations with her own twin sons related to growing plants and baking bread. Through social media she shares her home experiences with others, building a remote community of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Disease Control, Public Health, Personal Narratives
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Park, HyunJu; Hewson, Peter W.; Lemberger, John; Marion, Robin D. – Research in Science Education, 2010
One strategy for implementing learner-centered teaching is through the preparation of teachers and their induction into the profession. This article presents case studies of three secondary science teachers that follow them from their science teacher education program that advocated teaching for conceptual change as one approach to…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Action Research, Science Teachers, Beginning Teachers
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Anthony, Robert J.; Tippett, Christine D.; Yore, Larry D. – Research in Science Education, 2010
Science literacy leading to fuller and informed participation in the public debate about science, technology, society, and environmental (STSE) issues that produce justified decisions and sustainable actions is the shared and central goal of the Pacific CRYSTAL Project. There is broad agreement by science education researchers that learners need…
Descriptors: Research and Development, Science Programs, Visual Literacy, Science Teachers
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Uzuntiryaki, Esen; Aydin, Yesim Capa – Research in Science Education, 2009
This study described the process of developing and validating the College Chemistry Self-Efficacy Scale (CCSS) that can be used to assess college students' beliefs in their ability to perform essential tasks in chemistry. In the first phase, data collected from 363 college students provided evidence for the validity and reliability of the new…
Descriptors: College Students, Self Efficacy, Chemistry, Measures (Individuals)
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Urhahne, Detlef; Nick, Sabine; Schanze, Sascha – Research in Science Education, 2009
In a series of three experimental studies, the effectiveness of three-dimensional computer simulations to aid the understanding of chemical structures and their properties was investigated. Arguments for the usefulness of three-dimensional simulations were derived from Mayer's generative theory of multimedia learning. Simulations might lead to a…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Chemistry, Instructional Effectiveness, Biochemistry
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