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Chen, Ying-Chih; Hand, Brian; Norton-Meier, Lori – Research in Science Education, 2017
The purpose of this study was to investigate the various roles that early elementary teachers adopt when questioning, to scaffold dialogic interaction and students' cognitive responses for argumentative practices over time. Teacher questioning is a pivotal contributing factor that shapes the role teachers play in promoting dialogic interaction in…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Role, Questioning Techniques, Elementary School Science
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Walan, Susanne; Mc Ewen, Birgitta – Research in Science Education, 2017
Inquiry- and context-based teaching strategies have been proven to stimulate and motivate students' interests in learning science. In this study, 12 teachers reflected on these strategies after using them in primary schools. The teachers participated in a continuous professional development (CPD) programme. During the programme, they were also…
Descriptors: Primary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Forbes, Anne; Skamp, Keith – Research in Science Education, 2016
"MyScience" is a primary science education initiative in which being in a community of practice is integral to the learning process. In this initiative, stakeholder groups--primary teachers, primary students and mentors--interact around the "domain" of "investigating scientifically". This paper builds on three earlier…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Participation, Student Participation, Communities of Practice
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Danielsson, Anna T.; Warwick, Paul – Research in Science Education, 2014
In the broadest sense, the goal for primary science teacher education could be described as preparing these teachers to teach for scientific literacy. Our starting point is that making such science teaching accessible and desirable for future primary science teachers is dependent not only on their science knowledge and self-confidence, but also on…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Primary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science
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Kim, Kyung Hee; VanTassel-Baska, Joyce; Bracken, Bruce A.; Feng, Annie; Stambaugh, Tamra; Bland, Lori – Research in Science Education, 2012
The purpose of the study was to measure the effects of higher level, inquiry-based science curricula on students at primary level in Title I schools. Approximately 3,300 K-3 students from six schools were assigned to experimental or control classes (N = 115 total) on a random basis according to class. Experimental students were exposed to…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classes (Groups of Students), Intelligence Tests, Ability Grouping
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Murphy, Cliona; Varley, Janet; Veale, Orlaith – Research in Science Education, 2012
This paper reports on a national study that explored primary pupils' attitudes towards and experiences of school science in the Republic of Ireland. The study focussed on collecting data from children and in doing so recognises the importance of children's views as an essential part of reviewing curriculum implementation. The findings of this…
Descriptors: Evidence, Curriculum Implementation, Investigations, Student Attitudes
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Hume, Anne Christine – Research in Science Education, 2012
The challenge of preparing novice primary teachers for teaching in an educational environment, where science education has low status and many teachers have limited science content knowledge and lack the confidence to teach science, is great. This paper reports on an innovation involving a sustained simulation in an undergraduate science education…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teachers, Education Courses
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Cakmakci, Gultekin; Sevindik, Hatice; Pektas, Meryem; Uysal, Asli; Kole, Fatma; Kavak, Gamze – Research in Science Education, 2012
This paper reports on an attempt to investigate Turkish primary school students' interest in science by using their self-generated questions. We investigated students' interest in science by analyzing 1704 self-generated science-related questions. Among them, 826 questions were submitted to a popular science magazine called Science and Children.…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Science Interests, Foreign Countries, Internet
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Georghiades, Petros – Research in Science Education, 2006
This paper addresses the problematic nature of pupils' attempts to use their science conceptions in contexts other than the ones in which the original learning of the concept takes place. It reports research with 60 Year-5 primary school children studying current electricity, during which the researcher employed metacognitive activities alongside…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Primary Education, Science Education, Elementary School Students
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Skamp, Keith – Research in Science Education, 1997
There is movement in Australia towards requiring an initial degree for entry into teacher education programs in hopes of improving science teaching in primary schools. Upon entry into preservice education degree programs, Australian and Canadian student teachers were interviewed to determine whether first degrees influenced perceptions about…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Harlen, Wynne – Research in Science Education, 1997
Research into primary teachers' understanding of concepts in science and technology provided information on teachers' confidence in teaching science, their understanding of a range of key ideas, and their own educational background in science. Teachers expressed low confidence in teaching science but also claimed not to find great difficulty in…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Foreign Countries, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Primary Education
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Watters, James J.; Ginns, Ian S. – Research in Science Education, 1997
Explores the involvement and professional growth of a teacher in a professional development project entitled Simply Science. Findings indicate an increase in the teacher's pedagogical content knowledge and confidence in teaching science and a change in her views about cooperative learning strategies. Discusses implications for the design of…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries
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Palmer, David – Research in Science Education, 1995
Evaluates the Predict-Observe-Explain (POE) technique that is used for identifying students' knowledge and understanding of science concepts. Reports that the children responded to the technique enthusiastically and the teachers were able to identify both their understanding and their process skills development. Concludes that the POE is a…
Descriptors: Evaluation, Foreign Countries, Measurement Techniques, Primary Education
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Tytler, Russell; Peterson, Suzanne – Research in Science Education, 2001
Tracks five-year-old children's ideas by a range of means during and subsequent to a classroom sequence on evaporation. Explores the relationship between social and individual perspectives on learning, and questions some assumptions underlying conceptual change research. Analyzes the children's explanations of various evaporation phenomena over…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Epistemology
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Rahayu, Sri; Tytler, Russell – Research in Science Education, 1999
Explores children's conceptions of burning through observation and discussion of a number of challenging phenomenon. Finds that children's conceptions are both specific and contextually based. (Author/CCM)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Knowledge Representation, Primary Education, Science Education