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Krell, Moritz; Redman, Christine; Mathesius, Sabrina; Krüger, Dirk; van Driel, Jan – Research in Science Education, 2020
Scientific reasoning competencies are highlighted in science education policy papers and standard documents in various countries around the world and pre-service science teachers are asked to develop them during teacher training as part of their professional competencies. In order to monitor the development of pre-service science teachers'…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Process Skills, Thinking Skills
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Krell, Moritz; Walzer, Christine; Hergert, Susann; Krüger, Dirk – Research in Science Education, 2019
As part of their professional competencies, science teachers need an elaborate meta-modelling knowledge as well as modelling skills in order to guide and monitor modelling practices of their students. However, qualitative studies about (pre-service) science teachers' modelling practices are rare. This study provides a category system which is…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Video Technology, Teaching Methods
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Reinisch, Bianca; Krüger, Dirk – Research in Science Education, 2018
In research on the nature of science, there is a need to investigate the role and status of different scientific knowledge forms. Theories and models are two of the most important knowledge forms within biology and are the focus of this study. During interviews, preservice biology teachers (N = 10) were asked about their understanding of theories…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Biology, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers
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Gogolin, Sarah; Krüger, Dirk – Research in Science Education, 2017
Students' understanding of models in science has been subject to a number of investigations. The instruments the researchers used are suitable for educational research but, due to their complexity, cannot be employed directly by teachers. This article presents forced choice (FC) tasks, which, assembled as a diagnostic instrument, are supposed to…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Models, Knowledge Level
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Krell, Moritz; Reinisch, Bianca; Krüger, Dirk – Research in Science Education, 2015
In this study, secondary school students' (N?=?617; grades 7 to 10) understanding of models and modeling was assessed using tasks which explicitly refer to the scientific disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics and, as a control, to no scientific discipline. The students' responses are interpreted as their biology-, chemistry-, and…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Models, Biology, Chemistry
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Krell, Moritz; Upmeier zu Belzen, Annette; Krüger, Dirk – Research in Science Education, 2014
It is argued that knowledge about models is an important part of a profound understanding of Nature of Science. Consequently, researchers have developed different "levels of understanding" to analyse students', teachers', or experts' comprehension of this topic. In some approaches, "global" levels of understanding have been…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Models, Secondary School Students, Biology