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Donnelly, Lisa A.; Kazempour, Mahsa; Amirshokoohi, Aidin – Research in Science Education, 2009
Evolution is an important and sometimes controversial component of high school biology. In this study, we used a mixed methods approach to explore students' evolution acceptance and views of evolution teaching and learning. Students explained their acceptance and rejection of evolution in terms of evidence and conflicts with religion and…
Descriptors: Evolution, Student Attitudes, Biology, Learning Experience
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Chittleborough, Gail; Treagust, David – Research in Science Education, 2008
Volunteer non-major chemistry students taking an introductory university chemistry course (n = 17) were interviewed about their understanding of a variety of chemical diagrams. All the students' interviewed appreciated that diagrams of laboratory equipment were useful to show how to set up laboratory equipment. However students' ability to explain…
Descriptors: Visualization, Chemistry, Laboratory Equipment, Introductory Courses
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King, Donna; Bellocchi, Alberto; Ritchie, Stephen M. – Research in Science Education, 2008
Even though several studies have reported positive attitudinal outcomes from context-based chemistry programs, methodological obstacles have prevented researchers from comparing satisfactorily the chemistry-learning outcomes between students who experience a context-based program with those who experience a content-driven program. In this…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Context Effect, Comparative Analysis