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Owens, David C.; Sadler, Troy D.; Friedrichsen, Patricia – Research in Science Education, 2021
The identification of high-leverage teaching practices that can be improved through targeted practice should contribute to the enhancement of teachers' facilitation of instruction and improve student learning outcomes. Researchers have begun to identify subject-specific teaching practices that are expected to enhance science teaching specifically.…
Descriptors: Science and Society, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Instructional Effectiveness
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Jördens, Janina; Hammann, Marcus – Research in Science Education, 2021
We investigated potential drivers of interest in topic-context and topic-activity combinations, as well as interactions between the different elements of situational interest in evolutionary biology. High school students (n = 982, age 17 years) were asked to rate their interest in two sets of items consisting of topic-context and topic-activity…
Descriptors: High School Students, Science Interests, Evolution, Biology
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Eckes, Alexander; Großmann, Nadine; Wilde, Matthias – Research in Science Education, 2020
The transition from elementary school to the upper grades can lead to ambiguous feelings toward the new, male teachers. This study investigated whether collaborative animal care in biology lessons affects students' feelings of relatedness toward their biology teachers positively during the first year after the school transition. Four hundred…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Teacher Characteristics, Science Teachers, Biology
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Owens, David C.; Sadler, Troy D.; Barlow, Angela T.; Smith-Walters, Cindi – Research in Science Education, 2020
Several studies have found active learning to enhance students' motivation and attitudes. Yet, faculty indicate that students resist active learning and censure them on evaluations after incorporating active learning into their instruction, resulting in an apparent paradox. We argue that the disparity in findings across previous studies is the…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Active Learning, Resistance (Psychology), Undergraduate Students
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Dorfman, Bat-Shahar; Issachar, Hagit; Zion, Michal – Research in Science Education, 2020
Educational policy bodies worldwide have argued that practicing inquiry as a part of the K-12 curriculum would help prepare students for their lives as adults in today's world. This study investigated adults who graduated high school 9 years earlier with a major in biology, to determine how they perceive the inquiry project they experienced and…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Outcomes of Education, Biology, Adults
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Förtsch, Christian; Dorfner, Tobias; Baumgartner, Julia; Werner, Sonja; von Kotzebue, Lena; Neuhaus, Birgit J. – Research in Science Education, 2020
The German National Education Standards (NES) for biology were introduced in 2005. The content part of the NES emphasizes fostering conceptual knowledge. However, there are hardly any indications of what such an instructional implementation could look like. We introduce a theoretical framework of an instructional approach to foster students'…
Descriptors: National Standards, Biology, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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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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Oliveira, Alandeom W.; Bretzlaff, Tiffany; Brown, Adam O. – Research in Science Education, 2020
The present study examines the exemplification practices of a university biology instructor during a semester-long course. Attention is given specifically to how the instructor approaches "memorable exemplification"--classroom episodes identified by students as a source of memorable learning experiences. A mixed-method research approach…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Biology, Teaching Methods
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Ferreira, Sílvia; Morais, Ana M. – Research in Science Education, 2020
The study investigates differentiated teaching practices of practical work in distinct social contexts and with different experienced teachers, at the level of the Portuguese high school science education. Four teaching practices were analysed in terms of the level of complexity of both scientific knowledge and cognitive skills and in terms of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Teachers, Secondary School Science, Teaching Methods
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Murphy, Steve – Research in Science Education, 2020
Science and science education are recognised internationally as essential for ensuring a sustainable and prosperous future. At the same time, significant equity issues are apparent in science education. This study used enrolment and academic result data, routinely collected from government schools in Victoria, Australia, to examine the impact of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Socioeconomic Status, Geographic Location
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Archila, Pablo Antonio; Molina, Jorge; de Mejía, Anne-Marie Truscott – Research in Science Education, 2020
Contrary to the situation at primary, middle, and secondary school levels, university science courses provide students with very few opportunities to reflect upon the nature of science (NOS). The first goal of this study was to provide evidence that the co-construction of evolutionary trees, an important component of university biology education,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles
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Großmann, Nadine; Wilde, Matthias – Research in Science Education, 2020
In self-determination theory, Ryan and Deci (2017) propose that psychological well-being is based on three innate psychological needs: relatedness, competence, and autonomy. The perception of autonomy in particular has positive effects on students' well-being and the quality of experience in educational settings. A positive effect of perceived…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students, Biology
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Matuk, Camillia; Uttal, David H. – Research in Science Education, 2020
Biologists use tree diagrams to illustrate phylogenetic relationships among species. However, both novices and experts are prone to misinterpret this notational form. A difficulty with reasoning with cladograms is that intuitive narrative conceptions of evolution as a linear progression interfere with perceiving the hierarchical relationships that…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Biology, Visual Aids, Data Interpretation
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Cruz-Guzmán, Marta; García-Carmona, Antonio; Criado, Ana M. – Research in Science Education, 2020
This article presents a qualitative study of the type and quality of questions formulated by prospective elementary teachers (PETs) when designing scientific inquiry activities, depending on the school science content selected. The data were acquired during teacher training instruction on these aspects with 67 participant PETs. The results showed…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Questioning Techniques, Inquiry
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Jian, Yu-Cin – Research in Science Education, 2020
Scientific texts are often multimodal, consisting of both text and illustrations. However, previous research indicates that young readers are poor at using text-and-illustration integration strategies and at in-depth processing of scientific illustration information. This study used an experimental paradigm to teach strategies of illustration…
Descriptors: Biology, Illustrations, Science Materials, Content Area Reading
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