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Raviv, Ayala; Cohen, Sarit; Aflalo, Ester – Research in Science Education, 2019
Despite the inherent potential of cooperative learning, there has been very little research into its effectiveness in middle school laboratory classes. This study focuses on an empirical comparison between cooperative learning and individual learning in the school science laboratory, evaluating the quality of learning and the students' attitudes.…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Cooperative Learning, Science Achievement, Middle School Students
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Battaglia, Onofrio Rosario; Di Paola, Benedetto; Persano Adorno, Dominique; Pizzolato, Nicola; Fazio, Claudio – Research in Science Education, 2019
Two 20-h modelling-based workshops focused on the explanation of thermally activated phenomena were held at the University of Palermo, Italy, during the Academic Year 2014-2015. One of them was conducted by applying an inquiry-based approach, while the other, still based on laboratory and modelling activities, was not focused on inquiry.…
Descriptors: Workshops, Engineering Education, Chemical Engineering, Undergraduate Students
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Haglund, Jesper; Jeppsson, Fredrik; Schönborn, Konrad J. – Research in Science Education, 2016
Integration of technology, social learning and scientific models offers pedagogical opportunities for science education. A particularly interesting area is thermal science, where students often struggle with abstract concepts, such as heat. In taking on this conceptual obstacle, we explore how hand-held infrared (IR) visualization technology can…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Photography, Energy, Physics
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Scharfenberg, Franz-Josef; Bogner, Franz X. – Research in Science Education, 2013
This study classified students into different cognitive load (CL) groups by means of cluster analysis based on their experienced CL in a gene technology outreach lab which has instructionally been designed with regard to CL theory. The relationships of the identified student CL clusters to learner characteristics, laboratory variables, and…
Descriptors: Laboratories, Laboratory Experiments, Theory Practice Relationship, Pretests Posttests
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Katchevich, Dvora; Hofstein, Avi; Mamlok-Naaman, Rachel – Research in Science Education, 2013
One of the goals of science education is to provide students with the ability to construct arguments--reasoning and thinking critically in a scientific context. Over the years, many studies have been conducted on constructing arguments in science teaching, but only few of them have dealt with studying argumentation in the laboratory. Our research…
Descriptors: Science Education, Goal Orientation, Persuasive Discourse, Inquiry
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Yuruk, Nejla; Beeth, Michael E.; Andersen, Christopher – Research in Science Education, 2009
This study investigated the effect of metaconceptual teaching interventions on students' understanding of force and motion concepts. A multimethod research design including quasi-experimental design and case study designs was employed to compare the effect of the metaconceptual activities and traditional instruction and investigate students'…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Concept Mapping, Quasiexperimental Design, Physics
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Rollnick, Marissa; Lubben, Fred; Lotz, Sandra; Dlamini, Betty – Research in Science Education, 2002
Investigates changes in students' understanding of various aspects of measurement before and after participating in two different introductory laboratory courses at two universities in South Africa. Considerable gains were made during instruction with both groups, though some important differences were identified between them. Neither group could…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Laboratory Experiments, Measurement, Science Education
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Wilkinson, John; Ward, Malcolm – Research in Science Education, 1997
Perceptions of students in a Year 10 classroom were compared with those of their teacher at each of six schools with regard to the aims, regularity, conduct and assessment of laboratory work. Students in five of the schools had statistically different views from their teacher about the relative importance of 10 aims of laboratory work,…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Laboratory Experiments
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Stephens, Sally-Anne; McRobbie, Campbell J.; Lucas, Keith B. – Research in Science Education, 1999
Examines the extent and nature of Year 10 students' model-based reasoning in a laboratory investigation that considered the influence of six factors on electrical resistance. Finds that spontaneous use of the electron-drift model of metals in explanations increased over the duration of the task, but the explanations were restricted to mainly…
Descriptors: Action Research, Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Electricity