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Russell, David W.; Lucas, Keith B.; McRobbie, Campbell J. – Research in Science Education, 2003
Investigates how microcomputer-based laboratory (MBL) activities specifically designed to be consistent with a constructivist theory of learning support or constrain student construction of understanding. Analysis of students' discourse and actions reveal that students invented numerous techniques for manipulating data in the service of their…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Foreign Countries, International Studies, Kinetics
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Roth, Wolff-Michael; McRobbie, Campbell J.; Lucas, Keith B. – Research in Science Education, 1998
Analyzes and explores questions about the dialogic nature of beliefs and students' belief talk about the nature of science and scientific knowledge. Argues that students' discourse is better understood as a textual bricolage sensitive to conversational context. Contains 26 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Knowledge Representation, Science and Society
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Fysh, Robert; Lucas, Keith B. – Research in Science Education, 1998
Beliefs about science and religion held by students (n=44), teachers (n=10), and clergy (n=4) in a Lutheran secondary school in Australia were assessed via survey and interview. Participants' views of the relationship between science and religious beliefs were complex. Concludes that traditional science programs do not adequately address the range…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Clergy, Foreign Countries, Philosophy
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Taylor, Neil; Lucas, Keith B.; Watters, James J. – Research in Science Education, 1999
Finds that collaborative group work among pre-service elementary teachers stimulated increased levels of discussion and fostered deeper conceptual understanding than did traditional instructional methods. Discusses implications for science education in Fiji and similar places. (Contains 37 references.) (Author/WRM)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Cultural Background, Elementary Education, Ethnicity
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Lucas, Keith B.; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Research in Science Education, 1996
Investigates the relationship between students' views of the nature of scientific knowledge and their own learning of physics, and the evolution of this relationship over time. Uses two intensive case studies to illustrate students' views over time. Discusses the changes in students' views concerning the nature of scientific knowledge and the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Physics, Science Instruction
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Anderson, David; Lucas, Keith B. – Research in Science Education, 1997
Year Eight students that underwent novelty-reducing pre-orientation to the physical environment of an interactive science museum and had prior experience visiting the museum learned more than their counterparts. Those exhibits most frequently recalled shared a combination of characteristics such as large physical size, prominence in the exhibit…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities, Familiarity, Field Trips, Foreign Countries
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Stephens, Sally-Anne; McRobbie, Campbell J.; Lucas, Keith B. – Research in Science Education, 1999
Examines the extent and nature of Year 10 students' model-based reasoning in a laboratory investigation that considered the influence of six factors on electrical resistance. Finds that spontaneous use of the electron-drift model of metals in explanations increased over the duration of the task, but the explanations were restricted to mainly…
Descriptors: Action Research, Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Electricity