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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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Yoon, Hye-Gyoung; Joung, Yong Jae; Kim, Mijung – Research in Science Education, 2012
In the context of the emphasis on inquiry teaching in science education, this study looks into how pre-service elementary teachers understand and practice science inquiry teaching during field experience. By examining inquiry lesson preparation, practice, and reflections of pre-service elementary teachers, we attempt to understand the difficulties…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Data Interpretation, Science Teachers
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Melville, Wayne; Wallace, John – Research in Science Education, 2007
This article employs the concept of community to interpret teacher professional learning in the context of the school science department. Using the transcripts of staff meetings, lesson observations and the conversations of school administrators, the departmental community is examined in terms of three metaphors: subject, relationships and…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Science Teachers, Science Departments, Science 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