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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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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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Blown, Eric J.; Bryce, Tom G. K. – Research in Science Education, 2017
The research reported here investigated the everyday and scientific repertoires of children involved in semi-structured, Piagetian interviews carried out to check their understanding of dynamic astronomical concepts like daytime and night-time. It focused on the switching taking place between embedded and disembedded thinking; on the imagery which…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Semi Structured Interviews
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Ding, Lin; Wei, Xin; Liu, Xiufeng – Research in Science Education, 2016
This study investigates three aspects--university major, year, and institution type--in relation to student scientific reasoning. Students from three majors (science, engineering, and education), four year levels (years 1 through 4), and two tiers of Chinese universities (tiers 1 and 2) participated in the study. A large-scale written assessment…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Foreign Countries, Science Education, College Students
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Wan, Zhi Hong; Wong, Siu Ling; Wei, Bing; Zhan, Ying – Research in Science Education, 2013
Drawing from the phenomenographic perspective, an exploratory study investigated Chinese teacher educators' conceptions of teaching Nature of Science (NOS) to pre-service science teachers through semi-structured interviews. Five key dimensions emerged from the data. This paper focuses on the dimension, "NOS content to be taught to pre-service…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Educators, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
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Ma, Hongming – Research in Science Education, 2009
The findings reported in this paper report on an investigation of Chinese people's understanding of the nature of science in relation to their conceptualisations of Nature. As an exploratory and interpretive study, it uses semi-structured interviews with 25 Chinese secondary school science teachers. The paper first presents these teachers'…
Descriptors: Interviews, Foreign Countries, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Wei, Bing; Thomas, Gregory P. – Research in Science Education, 2006
This paper investigated the change of the Junior Secondary School Chemistry Curriculum (JSSCC) in the P. R. China over the period from 1978 to 2001. Document analysis was employed as the research method and data were collected from various versions of teaching syllabi, textbooks, and teachers' reference books published during this period. The…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Junior High Schools, Secondary School Curriculum, Secondary School Science