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Richards, A. J.; Jones, Darrick C.; Etkina, Eugenia – Research in Science Education, 2020
We use the framework of cognitive resources to investigate how students construct understanding of a complex physics topic, namely, a photovoltaic cell. By observing students as they learn about how a solar cell functions, we identified over 60 distinct resources that learners may activate while thinking about photovoltaic cells. We classify these…
Descriptors: Physics, Concept Formation, Scientific Concepts, Cognitive Ability
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Yaseen, Zeynep; Aubusson, Peter – Research in Science Education, 2020
This article describes an investigation into teaching and learning with student-generated animations combined with a representational pedagogy. In particular, it reports on interactive discussions that were stimulated by the students' own animations as well as their critiques of experts' animations. Animations representing views of states of…
Descriptors: Animation, High School Students, Grade 11, Secondary School Science
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de Andrade, Vanessa; Freire, Sofia; Baptista, Mónica – Research in Science Education, 2019
This article describes a system of analysis aimed at characterizing students' scientific explanations. Science education literature and reform documents have been highlighting the importance of scientific explanations for students' conceptual understanding and for their understanding of the nature of scientific knowledge. Nevertheless, and despite…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Knowledge Level, Student Attitudes
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Owens, David C.; Pear, Rachel S. A.; Alexander, Hanan A.; Reiss, Michael J.; Tal, Tali – Research in Science Education, 2018
There is a long history of some students finding that the science instruction they receive in schools fails to address their deeply held concerns about the theory of evolution. Such concerns are principally religious, though there are also students with deeply held religious views who are perfectly comfortable with the theory of evolution. New…
Descriptors: Evolution, Religion, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Michie, Michael; Hogue, Michelle; Rioux, Joël – Research in Science Education, 2018
The issue of Indigenous engagement, participation and success in the sciences is a concern both in Australia and in Canada. The authors of this paper have taught Indigenous students in tertiary enabling programs, undergraduate science and science education. Their experiences bridging Indigenous and Western cultures in science and science education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Indigenous Populations, Teaching Methods