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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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Fernandes, Geraldo W. Rocha; Rodrigues, António M.; Ferreira, Carlos Alberto – Research in Science Education, 2020
This article aims to characterise the research on science teachers' professional development programs that support the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the main trends concerning the theoretical frameworks (theoretical foundation, literature review or background) that underpin these studies. Through a systematic review…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Science Teachers, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Research
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Aguilera, David; Perales-Palacios, F. Javier – Research in Science Education, 2020
Improving the attitudes of students towards science is one of the main challenges facing the teaching of the subject. The main objective of this study is to analyze the effect of students' attitudes towards science through different didactic interventions. The bibliographic search was carried out via the Web of Science database, specifically in…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Intervention, Science Instruction
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Upahi, Johnson Enero; Ramnarain, Umesh; Ishola, Ismail Saheed – Research in Science Education, 2020
The development of science education in many countries is varied and diverse. However, one common goal of science education in the different contexts is the focus on scientific literacy. To promote scientific literacy, the Nature of Science (NoS) is one of the vital components for raising scientifically literate citizens. In view of this, the…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, Science Education
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Olivares-Donoso, Ruby; González, Carlos – Research in Science Education, 2019
Over the last 25 years, both research literature and practice-oriented reports have claimed the need for improving the quality of undergraduate science education through linking research and teaching. Two manners of doing this are reported: undergraduate research and research-based courses. Although there are studies reporting benefits of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Teaching Methods, College Science, Program Effectiveness
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Woods-McConney, Amanda; Oliver, Mary C.; McConney, Andrew; Maor, Dorit; Schibeci, Renato – Research in Science Education, 2013
Previous research has underlined the importance of school students' engagement in science (including students' attitudes, interests and self beliefs). Engagement in science is important as a correlate of scientific literacy and attainment, and as an educational outcome in its own right. Students positively engaged with science are more likely to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learner Engagement, Regression (Statistics), Models
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Hatzinikita, Vassilia; Koulaidis, Vasilios; Hatzinikitas, Agapitos – Research in Science Education, 2005
The explanations of thirty primary pupils for changes in matter were recorded through individual, semi-structured interviews. The analysis of data pointed to the construction of a system for classifying pupils' explanations of changes in matter. A parallel analysis of data focused on the identification and interpretation of associations between…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Change Agents, Scientific Concepts, Interviews
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Jones, Alister – Research in Science Education, 2001
Sets the stage for a theme issue on developing research in technology education. Discusses past reviews of research focusing on the purposes of technology education, the nature of technology, and assessment in technology education. (Contains 38 references.) (DDR)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Higher Education, Science and Society, Secondary Education
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White, Richard – Research in Science Education, 1997
Based on key word counts from summaries in the ERIC database and article analysis of the 1975, 1985, and 1995 volumes of Research in Science Education, certain trends appear in the style of research in science education. Trends include the move from brief, controlled, laboratory-style experiments to lengthy observations and descriptions of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Research Design, Research Projects, Science Education
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White, Robyn; Wallace, John – Research in Science Education, 1999
Describes the activities of two prominent science educators who presided over Australian science curriculum reforms during the 1960s and 1970s. Represents the educators' actions as heroic and describe how the Heroes shaped, modified, and united the culture through referents, rituals, and artifacts. Speculates on the importance of heroic activity…
Descriptors: Change Agents, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Development