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Sheldrake, Richard – Research in Science Education, 2020
In order to gain insight into which children aspire towards science-related careers and how these aspirations change over time, 7820 children in England from the nationally representative Millennium Cohort Study were considered. Few children (8.6% of the cohort) consistently expressed science-related career aspirations at age 11 and again at age…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Adolescents, Occupational Aspiration, Science Careers
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Ralls, Deborah; Bianchi, Lynne; Choudry, Sophina – Research in Science Education, 2020
This paper reports the findings from a cross-sector research project designed to question how the development of university-school partnerships can influence university academics' pedagogic practice in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Findings from this research are offered at time when, in parallel with countries around…
Descriptors: Universities, College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Faculty Development
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Billingsley, Berry; Nassaji, Mehdi; Fraser, Sharon; Lawson, Finley – Research in Science Education, 2018
This paper gives the rationale and a draft outline for a framework for education to teach epistemic insight into schools in England. The motivation to research and propose a strategy to teach and assess epistemic insight followed research that investigated how students and teachers in primary and secondary schools respond to "big…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Models, Science Education, Sciences
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Hardy, Graham – Research in Science Education, 2014
In this study, the author developed a model to describe academic self-concept (ASC) in science and validated an instrument for its measurement. Unlike previous models of science ASC, which envisage science as a homogenous single global construct, this model took a multidimensional view by conceiving science self-concept as possessing distinctive…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Self Concept, Guidelines, Models
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Hagay, G.; Baram-Tsabari, A.; Ametller, J.; Cakmakci, G.; Lopes, B.; Moreira, A.; Pedrosa-de-Jesus, H. – Research in Science Education, 2013
In order to bridge the existing gap between biology curricula and students' interests in biology, a strategy for identifying students' interest based on their questions and integrating them into the curriculum was developed. To characterize the level of generalizability of students' science interests over 600 high school students from Portugal,…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Interests, Science Interests, Biology
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Braund, Martin; Leigh, Joanne – Research in Science Education, 2013
Pupil talk and discussion are seen as having important social and cognitive outcomes. In science classes, pupils' collaborative talk supports the construction of meaning and helps examine the status of evidence, theory and knowledge. However, pupil interactive talk in groups is rare in science lessons. The research reported is part of a project to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Experience, Educationally Disadvantaged, Statistical Analysis
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Taber, Keith S. – Research in Science Education, 2013
Comparing the atom to a "tiny solar system" is a common teaching analogy, and the extent to which learners saw the systems as analogous was investigated. English upper secondary students were asked parallel questions about the physical interactions between the components of a simple atomic system and a simple solar system to investigate…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students, Scientific Attitudes, Science Instruction
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Toplis, Rob – Research in Science Education, 2012
This paper reports an interpretive study that sought students' views about the role that practical work plays in their school science lessons. Twenty-nine students aged between 13 and 16 years were selected from three secondary schools in England. Data were collected from initial lesson observations and in-depth interviews in order to explore…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Opportunities, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Braund, Martin; Campbell, Bob – Research in Science Education, 2010
A collaborative curriculum development project was set up to address the lack of good examples of teaching about ideas and evidence and the nature of science encountered by student teachers training to teach in the age range 11-16 in schools in England. Student and teacher-mentor pairs devised, taught and evaluated novel lessons and approaches.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Student Teachers, Scientific Principles, Change Agents
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Lin, Chongde; Hu, Weiping; Adey, Philip; Shen, Jiliang – Research in Science Education, 2003
Describes a study of the influence of the Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education (CASE) program on the scientific creativity of secondary school students. Scientific creativity is measured by the Scientific Creativity Test for Secondary School Students. Results indicate that the program did promote the overall development of scientific…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cognitive Development, Creativity, Foreign Countries
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Sprod, Tim – Research in Science Education, 1998
Constructivist-based discussions in the science classroom were elicited through the application of an intervention model for effective whole-class discussion based on the "Philosophy for Children" program. Pre- and post-test measures indicate that the experimental class experienced significantly greater gains in scientific reasoning than…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Discourse Modes, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Foreign Countries
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Young, Deidra J.; Fraser, Barry J.; Woolnough, Brian E. – Research in Science Education, 1997
Reports on a study done at Oxford University on why young people chose to pursue a career in the physical sciences and engineering. Characteristics of schools that appeared to influence students to pursue a study of science were also investigated. Currently, England, Australia, Canada, China, Japan, and Portugal have contributed information to…
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Career Choice, Career Development, Career Guidance
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Jarvis, Tina; Hargreaves, Linda; Comber, Chris – Research in Science Education, 1997
Discusses the effect of collaboration via e-mail links on the quality of 10- to 11-year-old students' science investigative skills in six elementary rural schools. The project identified several important issues related to teacher-inservice training requirements, development in cooperative groupwork for children, and software design. (AIM)
Descriptors: Computer Software Development, Computer Uses in Education, Electronic Mail, Elementary Education
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Rennie, Leonie J.; Jarvis, Tina – Research in Science Education, 1995
Collected data from primary school children (n=1,059) to examine choice of drawings to communicate their understanding of technology. Reports that children hold a wide range of ideas about technology and although overall the drawings reflected this, sometimes they did not reveal the depth or breadth of an individual child's understanding. Contains…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Concept Formation, Creative Art, Elementary Education
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Hill, Faith – Research in Science Education, 1995
Focuses on the provision of HIV/AIDS education for 16- through 19-year olds in colleges of further education and offers both qualitative and quantitative insights into the English approach to HIV/AIDS education for this age group. Reports that most colleges fail to meet the needs of young people and are offering very little education in this area.…
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Health Education