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Tytler, Russell; Symington, David; Smith, Craig – Research in Science Education, 2011
There is growing concern about falling levels of student engagement with school science, as evidenced by studies of student attitudes, and decreasing participation at the post compulsory level. One major response to this, the Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) initiative, involves partnerships between…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Innovation, Science Education, STEM Education
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Hubber, Peter; Tytler, Russell; Haslam, Filocha – Research in Science Education, 2010
A large body of research in the conceptual change tradition has shown the difficulty of learning fundamental science concepts, yet conceptual change schemes have failed to convincingly demonstrate improvements in supporting significant student learning. Recent work in cognitive science has challenged this purely conceptual view of learning,…
Descriptors: Language Role, Cognitive Psychology, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Tytler, Russell; Peterson, Suzanne – Research in Science Education, 2005
The growth in science understanding and reasoning of 12 children is being traced through their primary school years. The paper reports findings concerning children's growing understandings of evaporation, and their changing responses to exploration activities, that show the complexity and coherence of learning pathways. Children's responses to…
Descriptors: Children, Longitudinal Studies, Thinking Skills, Science Education
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Rahayu, Sri; Tytler, Russell – Research in Science Education, 1999
Explores children's conceptions of burning through observation and discussion of a number of challenging phenomenon. Finds that children's conceptions are both specific and contextually based. (Author/CCM)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Knowledge Representation, Primary Education, Science Education
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Tytler, Russell; Peterson, Suzanne – Research in Science Education, 2001
Tracks five-year-old children's ideas by a range of means during and subsequent to a classroom sequence on evaporation. Explores the relationship between social and individual perspectives on learning, and questions some assumptions underlying conceptual change research. Analyzes the children's explanations of various evaporation phenomena over…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Epistemology