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Tomas, Louisa; Ritchie, Stephen M. – Research in Science Education, 2015
This paper reports on the challenge of evaluating students' scientific literacy in a writing-to-learn context, as illustrated by our experience with an online science-writing project. In this mixed methods study, year 9 students in a case study class (13-14¬†year olds, n?=?26) authored a series of two "hybridised" short stories that…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Scientific Literacy, Content Area Writing, Mixed Methods Research
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Tomas, Louisa; Ritchie, Stephen M. – Research in Science Education, 2012
In order to understand better the role of affect in learning about socio-scientific issues (SSI), this study investigated Year 12 students' emotional arousal as they participated in an online writing-to-learn science project about the socio-scientific issue of biosecurity. Students wrote a series of hybridised scientific narratives, or BioStories,…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Science Projects, Environmental Education, Self Efficacy
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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
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Ritchie, Stephen M.; Mackay, Gail; Rigano, Donna L. – Research in Science Education, 2006
Given that the subject department is recognised by subject specialist teachers as the central and immediate unit of organization in secondary schools it is surprising that so little attention has been paid by researchers to the leadership dynamics within science departments. The leadership dynamics within the science departments of two…
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Science Departments, Secondary Schools, Interviews
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Ritchie, Stephen M.; Hampson, Brad – Research in Science Education, 1996
This interpretive study of a Year Six classroom in North Queensland, Australia focuses on how two contrasting groups of children designed ill-defined engineering structures. The collaboration processes within the research team are explored. Classroom-related findings are also reported. (AIM)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Engineering
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Rigano, Donna L.; Ritchie, Stephen M. – Research in Science Education, 1995
Identifies and defines the student practice of "fudging" which involves faking, fabricating, or stealing data. Identifies factors contributing to and motivations for this behavior in (n=6) high school students. (Author/MKR)
Descriptors: Cheating, Fraud, High Schools, Interviews
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Ritchie, Stephen M.; And Others – Research in Science Education, 1995
Explores the nature of multiple environments within a middle school classroom from the different perspectives of teacher, student, and participant observer. Discusses the activity settings of lectures and group work, as well as issues of learning and assessment. Argues that teachers need to adopt procedures that enable them to identify and plan…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Activities
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Ritchie, Stephen M. – Research in Science Education, 1998
Studies a teacher's role and actions in a science learning community. Interprets two teaching episodes that illustrate how the teacher helps a group of students transform their understanding of electrical circuits. Contains 26 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Electricity, Elementary Secondary Education