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McDonald, Christine V.; Klieve, Helen; Kanasa, Harry – Research in Science Education, 2021
Primary teachers' attitudes have been shown to strongly influence both their intention to teach science, and ultimately student engagement and learning outcomes, with previous research consistently showing preservice teachers hold negative attitudes towards science and/or science teaching. A recently developed instrument informed by a theoretical…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Elementary Education
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Arnold, Jenny – Research in Science Education, 2012
Over the past twenty-five years researchers have been concerned with understanding the science student. The need for such research is still grounded in contemporary issues including providing opportunities for all students to develop scientific literacy and the failure of school science to connect with student's lives, interests and personal…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Attitudes, Video Technology, Classroom Communication
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Kidman, Gillian – Research in Science Education, 2010
Of concern is an international trend of students' increasing reluctance to choose science courses in both their final years of secondary school and tertiary levels of education. Research into the phenomenon indicates an influencing factor to be the "uninteresting curriculum" (OECD "2006") of school science. This paper presents…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Biotechnology, Science Education, Secondary Education
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Roth, Wolff-Michael; McGinn, Michelle K. – Research in Science Education, 1997
Information processing models do not account for much of human competence in everyday scientific and lay contexts. Situated cognition models account better for competence in widely differing situations. In situated cognition models, the purpose of science education must be reconceived as preparing citizens to participate in public enactments of…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Cognitive Development, Cultural Context, Educational Objectives
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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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Stein, Sarah J.; McRobbie, Campbell J. – Research in Science Education, 1997
Examines student conceptions of their experiences with science, describes the variety of those conceptions over the years of schooling, and investigates patterns across those years. Six categories of conceptions were found, each portraying essential meanings of science. Results suggest making modern philosophical views of the nature of science…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Secondary Education