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Hung, Jung-Yi; Chang, Hsin-Yi; Hung, Jeng-Fung – Research in Science Education, 2021
Science teachers use a large number of visual representations and models in science classes to guide students to understand complex phenomena and to learn to conduct scientific inquiry. Fluent formation and use of visual representation involves metavisualization, which is a process related to metacognition and visualization. However, what kinds of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Teaching Methods, Visualization
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Zudaire, Isabel; Napal Fraile, María – Research in Science Education, 2021
Rapidly occurring advancements in molecular genetics, such as recent developments in epigenetics, are challenging traditional genetics as it is taught at schools. For example, the adoption of epigenetics--which provides molecular mechanisms for the environment to directly alter phenotypic variation--would mean that pivotal tenets in genetics…
Descriptors: Genetics, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students, Grade 12
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Volfson, Alexander; Eshach, Haim; Ben-Abu, Yuval – Research in Science Education, 2021
Our world is shaped profoundly by science and technology, which are strongly interrelated. The importance of integrating technology in science teaching is acknowledged by many international science-teaching standards in recent decades. The present study aims at examining how undergraduate students utilize what they have learnt about the physics of…
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Acoustics, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Strømme, Torunn Aa.; Mork, Sonja M. – Research in Science Education, 2021
This paper analyses students' conceptual sense-making of two representations of protein synthesis: animations and static visualizations. Even though several studies have focused on the effect of animations versus static visualizations or support aspects that enable students to effectively benefit from animations, existing research has not yet…
Descriptors: Animation, Science Instruction, Units of Study, Visualization
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Zvoch, Keith; Holveck, Susan; Porter, Lorna – Research in Science Education, 2021
This mixed-methods study was designed to compare the learning gains of seventh-grade students (N = 417) taught a 4-week conceptual change unit on density using either a student-centered, guided inquiry-based approach or a more direct, teacher-centered instructional strategy. Application of a multilevel model to data obtained from the…
Descriptors: Concept Teaching, Concept Formation, Scientific Concepts, Instructional Effectiveness
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Cheng, Meng-Fei; Wu, Tsung-Yu; Lin, Shu-Fen – Research in Science Education, 2021
Understanding scientific models and practicing scientific modeling have been emphasized and advocated in science learning. Although teachers have been perceived as shaping their students' understanding of the nature of science, they have been recognized for their lack of understanding of scientific models. This study explores middle school science…
Descriptors: Correlation, Models, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Murphy, Clíona; Smith, Greg; Broderick, Nicola – Research in Science Education, 2021
This paper explores the effect teachers' participation in a targeted inquiry-based/nature of science (NoS) continuing professional development programme had on Irish primary children's experiences of scientific inquiry and developing conceptions of NoS. Data were gathered from 459 children from 10 Dublin schools. The findings revealed that their…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Scientific Principles, Faculty Development, Program Effectiveness
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Allen, Michael; Harper, Lynette; Clark, Zoe – Research in Science Education, 2021
In this exploratory study, a sample of 20 four-year-olds took part in structured interviews in order to assess their biological knowledge of how the human body processes a food that they perceived to be fattening. There were two main outcomes to the study. First, the sample demonstrated knowledge of the digestive processes of ingestion,…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Physiology, Human Body, Physical Health
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Bryce, Tom G. K.; Blown, Eric J. – Research in Science Education, 2021
This article closely examines (a) the "representational" connotation which is often implicit in many analyses of the scientific knowledge which children have (or have not) acquired when they are asked to say or show what they know and (b) the still common-place presumption that recollections are akin to the extraction of ideas from a…
Descriptors: Children, Recall (Psychology), Intuition, Knowledge Level
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Barrutia, Oihana; Ruíz-González, Aritz; Villarroel, José Domingo; Díez, José Ramón – Research in Science Education, 2021
Rainfall is a key process in the water cycle, the most structured scientific knowledge about water movement on Earth. Nevertheless, despite being a common topic covered in school science, it entails several cognitive difficulties for young children. This study uses a pictorial task and semi-opened questions to examine primary (11/12 years old) and…
Descriptors: Water, Earth Science, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Richards, A. J.; Jones, Darrick C.; Etkina, Eugenia – Research in Science Education, 2020
We use the framework of cognitive resources to investigate how students construct understanding of a complex physics topic, namely, a photovoltaic cell. By observing students as they learn about how a solar cell functions, we identified over 60 distinct resources that learners may activate while thinking about photovoltaic cells. We classify these…
Descriptors: Physics, Concept Formation, Scientific Concepts, Cognitive Ability
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Fredriksson, Alexandra; Pelger, Susanne – Research in Science Education, 2020
The aim of this study is to explore how tertiary science students' use of metaphors in their popular science article writing may influence their understanding of subject matter. For this purpose, six popular articles written by students in physics or geology were analysed by means of a close textual analysis and a metaphor analysis. In addition,…
Descriptors: College Students, Figurative Language, Content Area Writing, College Science
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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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Lemmer, Miriam; Kriek, Jeanne; Erasmus, Benita – Research in Science Education, 2020
This study established whether 12 South African secondary school physics students had incorrect conceptions of basic magnetism and if they had, to what extent they consistently applied such conceptions. Different scenarios in the form of thought experiments were presented in a clinical interview approach. A complex systems perspective underpinned…
Descriptors: Magnets, Secondary School Students, Physics, Misconceptions
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Karpudewan, Mageswary; Chong, Tyan Yee – Research in Science Education, 2020
This study aimed at investigating the effectiveness of using Radioactivity Remote Laboratory Activities (RRLAs) in enhancing Form Four (equivalent to Grade 10) students' understanding of radioactivity and motivation to learn science. For this purpose, in this study, a repeated measures one-way ANOVA design was utilized in which 54 Form Four…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Distance Education, Science Activities
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