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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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Archila, Pablo Antonio; Molina, Jorge – Research in Science Education, 2020
The theory of evolution is the backbone of the biological sciences. Arguably, this is the reason why evolution education is an extensively investigated issue in several countries around the world. Little is known, however, about the views of university students in Colombia. Here, we report on 7 years of data generated by a three-question anonymous…
Descriptors: Evolution, Creationism, Student Attitudes, College Students
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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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Potvin, Patrice; Hasni, Abdelkrim – Research in Science Education, 2018
This research aimed at identifying student profiles of perceptions by means of a clustering method using a validated questionnaire. These profiles describe "students' attraction to science and technology (S&T) studies and careers" as a variable driven by "school S&T self-concept" and "interest in school…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Profiles, Student Attitudes
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Kahveci, Ajda; Kahveci, Murat; Mansour, Nasser; Alarfaj, Maher Mohammed – Research in Science Education, 2018
Teachers play a key role in moving reform-based science education practices into the classroom. Based on research that emphasizes the importance of teachers' affective states, this study aimed to explore the constructs pedagogical discontentment, science teaching self-efficacy, intentions to reform, and their correlations. Also, it aimed to…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Science Teachers, Teacher Role, Educational Change
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Vedder-Weiss, Dana; Fortus, David – Research in Science Education, 2018
Employing achievement goal theory (Ames "Journal of Educational psychology," 84(3), 261-271, 1992), we explored science teachers' instruction and its relation to students' motivation for science learning and school culture. Based on the TARGETS framework (Patrick et al. "The Elementary School Journal," 102(1), 35-58, 2001) and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Malleus, Elina; Kikas, Eve; Marken, Tiivi – Research in Science Education, 2017
The purpose of this research was to explore children's understandings of everyday, synthetic and scientific concepts to enable a description of how abstract, verbally taught material relates to previous experience-based knowledge and the consistency of understanding about cloud formation. This study examined the conceptual understandings of cloud…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Kindergarten, Grade 2
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Megalakaki, Olga; Thibaut, Jean Pierre – Research in Science Education, 2016
We looked at how far students aged 10-17 years differentiate between the "force" and "energy" concepts for animates and inanimates. Within a structured interview format, participants described situations in which inanimate objects and animate agents interacted. Results showed that the younger students made no distinction…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Physics, Energy
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Capobianco, Brenda M.; Yu, Ji H.; French, Brian F. – Research in Science Education, 2015
The integration of engineering concepts and practices into elementary science education has become an emerging concern for science educators and practitioners, alike. Moreover, how children, specifically preadolescents (grades 1-5), engage in engineering design-based learning activities may help science educators and researchers learn more about…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary School Science, Engineering, Scientific Concepts
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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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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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Neumann, Susanne; Hopf, Martin – Research in Science Education, 2013
Although the term "radiation" has a fixed place in everyday life as well as in the media, there is very little empirical research on students' conceptions about this topic. In our study we wanted to find out what students associate with this term. In 2009, we asked 509 students (between grade 4 and grade 6) from seven different schools…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Urhahne, Detlef; Nick, Sabine; Schanze, Sascha – Research in Science Education, 2009
In a series of three experimental studies, the effectiveness of three-dimensional computer simulations to aid the understanding of chemical structures and their properties was investigated. Arguments for the usefulness of three-dimensional simulations were derived from Mayer's generative theory of multimedia learning. Simulations might lead to a…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Chemistry, Instructional Effectiveness, Biochemistry
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Dawson, Vaille – Research in Science Education, 2007
The products of modern biotechnology processes such as genetic engineering, DNA testing and cloning will increasingly impact on society. It is essential that young people have a well-developed scientific understanding of biotechnology and associated processes so that they are able to contribute to public debate and make informed personal…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Genetics, Engineering, Biotechnology
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Smith, Lesley A.; Williams, Joanne M. – Research in Science Education, 2007
Studies from different theoretical traditions investigating children's inheritance and genetics concepts have adopted a cross-sectional method. This paper is the first to examine both cross-sectional and longitudinal changes in children's basic genetic concepts. It forms part of a larger investigation into the development of intuitive inheritance…
Descriptors: Genetics, Longitudinal Studies, Case Studies, Scientific Concepts
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