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Leppavirta, Johanna – Research in Science Education, 2012
Traditional multiple-choice concept inventories measure students' critical conceptual understanding and are designed to reveal students' naive or alternate ideas. The overall scores, however, give little information about the state of students' knowledge and the consistency of reasoning. This study investigates whether students have consistent…
Descriptors: Multiple Choice Tests, Concept Formation, Scientific Research, Foreign Countries
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Bencze, Larry; Hewitt, Jim; Pedretti, Erminia; Yoon, Susan; Perris, Kirk; van Oostveen, Roland – Research in Science Education, 2003
Reports on science-specialist student teachers' conceptions about science and technology and corresponding priorities for school science. Students' conceptions were measured after interacting with a case documentary that depicted students collaborating in the development and evaluation of pneumatic-controlled robotic arms. Indicates that many…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Concept Formation, Higher Education, Multimedia Instruction
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Brass, Catherine; Gunstone, Richard; Fensham, Peter – Research in Science Education, 2003
Explores different ways individuals conceptualize quality learning in physics. Uses semi-structured interviews that explore aspects of learning that respondents regard as worth fostering in their classrooms. Discusses different respondent conceptions with regard to four significant aspects of physics learning: doing experimental work; linking…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Higher Education, Interviews, Mastery Learning
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Case, Jennifer; Gunstone, Richard; Lewis, Alison – Research in Science Education, 2001
Investigates the metacognitive development of students in a second year chemical engineering course which had such development as an explicit goal. Concludes, among other results, that there is a shift in student approach from a focus on solving problems towards a stronger valuing of conceptual understanding. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Chemical Engineering, Concept Formation, Educational Strategies, Higher Education
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Sere, Marie-Genevieve; Fernandez-Gonzalez, Manuel; Gallegos, Jose A.; Gonzalez-Garcia, Francisco; De Manuel, Esteban; Perales, F. Javier; Leach, John – Research in Science Education, 2001
Presents findings of the images of science drawn upon in laboratory work by upper secondary and university students in academic streams with a science focus. Questions required students to comment on laboratory investigations carried out by research scientists or science students. Shows that students' reasoning has an epistemological and an…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Epistemology, Higher Education, Inquiry
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Watts, Mike; Jofili, Zelia; Bezerra, Risonilta – Research in Science Education, 1997
Addresses the implementation and evaluation of a constructivist course and extends the argument toward the induction of teachers into critical constructivism through their own action-research projects. Data is taken from a single case study illustrating the changes in the professional life and reflective practice of one teacher in Brazil. (AIM)
Descriptors: Action Research, Cognitive Development, Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning)
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Bowen, G. Michael; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Research in Science Education, 1998
Microanalyzes graph use in lectures drawn from artifacts compiled from videotaping all lectures and seminars in a 13-week ecology course. Focuses on both the text and the gesture-related references made in the reading of a graph in an ecology lecture. Contains 36 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Data Analysis, Ecology, Graphs
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Gardner, Paul L., Ed. – Research in Science Education, 1990
This book contains selected refereed papers from the 21st Annual Conference of the Australasian Science Education Research Association. The papers are as follows: "A Learning Model for Science Education: Developing Teaching Strategies" (Appleton); "Researching Balance between Cognition and Affect in Science Teaching" (Baird et…
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Concept Formation, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Forgasz, Helen, Ed. – Research in Science Education, 1991
This annual publication contains 43 research papers on a variety of issues related to science education. Topics include the following: mature-age students; teacher professional development; spreadsheets and science instruction; the Learning in Science Project and putting it into practice; science discipline knowledge in primary teacher education;…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Concept Formation, Concept Mapping, Constructivism (Learning)
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Tisher, Richard P., Ed. – Research in Science Education, 1985
This publication contains 24 studies which focus on: the fostering of inquiry in secondary school science laboratories; realistic expectations for traditional laboratory work; a content-based, college-level science course for all students; understanding learning at the classroom level; transitions and student task involvement; a project to…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Concept Formation, Concept Mapping, Curriculum Development
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Wilson, Janice M. – Research in Science Education, 1998
Differences in the status of ontological categories on the concept maps of secondary-, undergraduate- and graduate-level chemistry students were analyzed with the "Pathfinder" scaling algorithm and multidimensional scaling. Results indicate differences among groups in the structural significance of abstract process-related nodes and…
Descriptors: Acids, Chemistry, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Structures
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Boo, Hong-Kwen; Toh, Kok-Aun – Research in Science Education, 1998
Fourth-year university students (n=12) in a secondary-science-education degree program in Singapore were interviewed after demonstrations of five familiar chemical reactions. The majority of interviewees used perceptually-dominated rather than conceptually-dominated thinking and were unable to use scientific concepts consistently across the five…
Descriptors: Chemical Reactions, Chemistry, Cognitive Development, Concept Formation
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Dawson, Chris; Lyndon, Harry – Research in Science Education, 1997
Examines both theoretical and practical perspectives on conceptual exchange--exchanging a student's entrenched view on a scientific topic for one based on actual scientific perspective. Endorses the conceptual-mediation model based on interference theory for changing an established view. (AIM)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Fundamental Concepts, Higher Education, Misconceptions
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Tsaparlis, Georgios – Research in Science Education, 1997
Investigates the impact an undergraduate quantum chemistry course has on students' knowledge and understanding of atomic orbitals, molecular orbitals, and related concepts. Analysis reveals that students do not have a clear understanding of these concepts and confuse the various atomic orbital representations. Includes some suggestions and…
Descriptors: Atomic Structure, Chemistry, Concept Formation, Higher Education
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Dlamini, Betty; Rollnick, Marissa; Lotz, Sandra; Lubben, Fred – Research in Science Education, 2001
Reports on an investigation of the status of procedural knowledge in chemistry among students entering into bridging programs at two South African universities. Findings show that students overall tend to repeat in order to get a recurring reading. Very few students were able to use a line of best fit for a set of graphical data. Discusses…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Concept Formation, Data Interpretation, Foreign Countries
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