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Metin, Duygu; Cakiroglu, Jale; Leblebicioglu, Gulsen – Research in Science Education, 2020
Practices such as astrology or crystal healing can be defined as pseudoscience. Against pseudoscience, one of the major responsibilities of science education must be to develop science-literate individuals who are able to understand what science is, how science is undertaken, how scientific knowledge is constructed, and how it is justified, then…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 8, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Concepts
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Liou, Pey-Yan; Bulut, Okan – Research in Science Education, 2020
The purpose of this study was to examine eighth-grade students' science performance in terms of two test design components, item format, and cognitive domain. The portion of Taiwanese data came from the 2011 administration of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), one of the major international large-scale assessments…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Grade 8, Science Achievement
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Koyunlu Ünlü, Zeynep; Dökme, Ilbilge – Research in Science Education, 2020
According to a report by the Turkish Industry and Business Association, Turkey will need approximately 1 million individuals to be employed in Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) fields by 2023, and 31% of this requirement will not be met. For continuous economic development, there is a need to integrate STEM into education in…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Science Careers, Vocational Interests, Foreign Countries
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Li, Xiying; Tan, Zuyu; Shen, Jiliang; Hu, Weiping; Chen, Yinghe; Wang, Jingying – Research in Science Education, 2020
Based on the "analytical framework of nature of science" (NOS) in junior school science textbooks, a content analysis method was adopted to analyze the NOS in junior middle school physical textbooks (grade 8) of five editions authorized by the Ministry of Education of China, and the features of NOS were analyzed and compared. It was…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Grade 8, Textbooks, Scientific Principles
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Schiffl, Iris – Research in Science Education, 2020
Information literacy--i.e. obtaining, evaluating and using information--is a key element of scientific literacy. However, students are frequently equipped with poor information literacy skills--even at university level--as information literacy is often not explicitly taught in schools. Little is known about students' information skills in science…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Science Education, Biology, Grade 8
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Zhang, Danhui; Bobis, Janette; Wu, Xiaolu; Cui, Yiran – Research in Science Education, 2020
Increasing student exposure to autonomy-supportive teaching approaches has been linked to enhanced student intrinsic motivation to learn. However, such approaches are rare in mainland Chinese science classrooms. An intervention-based study with quasi-experimental design and mixed methods was conducted to explore the impact of a 9-month-long…
Descriptors: Personal Autonomy, Teaching Methods, Student Motivation, Science Instruction
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Kuo, Yen-Ruey; Tuan, Hsiao-Lin; Chin, Chi-Chin – Research in Science Education, 2020
This study aims to examine the influence of inquiry-based instruction on eighth-grade male and female students' motivation and engagement in science learning in two public junior high schools in central Taiwan. Mixed-methods methodology was adopted with 60 students (32 males and 28 females) in the experimental group and 56 students (28 males and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Gender Differences
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Reilly, David; Neumann, David L.; Andrews, Glenda – Research in Science Education, 2019
The underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related fields remains a concern for educators and the scientific community. Gender differences in mathematics and science achievement play a role, in conjunction with attitudes and self-efficacy beliefs. We report results from the 2011 Trends in…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, International Assessment, Mathematics Achievement
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Kumarassamy, Jayanthy; Koh, Caroline – Research in Science Education, 2019
Much has been written and debated on the importance of including moral, character or values education in school curricula. In line with this, teachers' views with regard to values education have often been sought. However, a search into the literature on values in science education has revealed little on this domain. In an attempt to close this…
Descriptors: Values Education, Citizenship Education, Science Education, Teacher Attitudes
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Wang, Ya-Ling; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Research in Science Education, 2019
Students' conceptions of learning science and their relations with motive for learning may vary as the education level increases. This study aimed to compare the quantitative patterns in students' conceptions of learning science (COLS) and motives for learning science (MLS) across grade levels by adopting two survey instruments. A total of 768…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Motivation, Instructional Program Divisions, Foreign Countries
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Salloum, Sara; BouJaoude, Saouma – Research in Science Education, 2019
The purpose of this research is to better understand the uses and potential of triadic dialogue (initiation-response-feedback) as a dominant discourse pattern in test-driven environments. We used a Bakhtinian dialogic perspective to analyze interactions among high-stakes tests and triadic dialogue. Specifically, the study investigated (a) the…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Cognitive Processes, Science Teachers, Grade 8
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Opitz, S. T.; Neumann, K.; Bernholt, S.; Harms, U. – Research in Science Education, 2019
Energy is considered both as a disciplinary core idea and as a concept cutting across science disciplines. Most previous approaches studied progressing energy understanding in specific disciplinary contexts, while disregarding the relation of understanding across them. Hence, this study provides a systematic analysis of cross-disciplinary energy…
Descriptors: Energy, Scientific Concepts, Biology, Chemistry
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Lee, Silvia Wen-Yu; Chang, Hsin-Yi; Wu, Hsin-Kai – Research in Science Education, 2017
The aim of this study was to examine the potential impact of the representational characteristics of models and students' educational levels on students' views of scientific models and modeling (VSMM). An online multimedia questionnaire was designed to address three major aspects of VSMM, namely the "nature of models," the "nature…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Grade 11, High School Students, Teaching Models
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Forbes, Anne; Skamp, Keith – Research in Science Education, 2016
"MyScience" is a primary science education initiative in which being in a community of practice is integral to the learning process. In this initiative, stakeholder groups--primary teachers, primary students and mentors--interact around the "domain" of "investigating scientifically". This paper builds on three earlier…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Participation, Student Participation, Communities of Practice
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Gulacar, Ozcan; Sinan, Olcay; Bowman, Charles R.; Yildirim, Yetkin – Research in Science Education, 2015
A study is presented that explores how students' knowledge structures, as related to the scientific method, compare at different student ages. A word association test comprised of ten total stimulus words, among them "experiment," "science fair," and "hypothesis," is used to probe the students' knowledge structures.…
Descriptors: Scientific Methodology, Science Education, Word Lists, Stimuli
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