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Barreto, Lucas Passos; Rodrigues, Adriana Araújo Dutra; de Oliveira, Giordanna Camilla Bié; de Almeida, Laila Thayanne Gomes; Felix, Matheus Augusto Campelo; Silva, Penha de Souza; Quadros, Ana Luiza; Macedo, Andrea Mara; Mortimer, Eduardo Fleury – Research in Science Education, 2021
This research draws on Legitimation Code Theory (LCT) to understand the epistemic dimension of the higher education classroom discourse of a professor who is well evaluated by his students. In expository science classroom discourse, concepts are loaded with different meanings, a process that is called "condensation of meanings" in LCT,…
Descriptors: College Science, College Faculty, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Kiroglu, Kasim; Türk, Cumhur; Erdogan, Ibrahim – Research in Science Education, 2021
The aim of this study is to comparatively investigate the effects of hands-on models (HMs) and computer simulations (CSs) on teaching the phases and eclipses of the Moon. In this study, two different HMs were developed, and three different CSs were used. The research work group consisted of 100 pre-service science teachers. A quasi-experimental…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Science Instruction, Astronomy, Hands on Science
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Hung, Jung-Yi; Chang, Hsin-Yi; Hung, Jeng-Fung – Research in Science Education, 2021
Science teachers use a large number of visual representations and models in science classes to guide students to understand complex phenomena and to learn to conduct scientific inquiry. Fluent formation and use of visual representation involves metavisualization, which is a process related to metacognition and visualization. However, what kinds of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Teaching Methods, Visualization
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Gregorcic, Bor; Haglund, Jesper – Research in Science Education, 2021
We present and analyze video data of upper secondary school students' engagement with a computer-supported collaborative learning environment that enables them to explore astronomical phenomena (Keplerian motion). The students' activities have an immersive and exploratory character, as students engage in open-ended inquiry and interact physically…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Astronomy, Cooperative Learning
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McHugh, Luisa; Kelly, Angela M.; Fisher, Jacqueline Horan; Burghardt, M. David – Research in Science Education, 2021
This study evaluated the effectiveness of the Mathematics Infusion into Science Project (MiSP), which integrated science and mathematics in an engaging middle school science curriculum that fostered improvements in science content knowledge, higher-level problem solving, and affective domains related to mathematics. The project design was based…
Descriptors: Graphs, Mathematics Skills, Middle School Students, Science Process Skills
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Yerdelen-Damar, Sevda; Eryilmaz, Ali – Research in Science Education, 2021
This study investigated the effect of the metacognitive instruction in which students' epistemic cognitions were explicitly addressed, on tenth-grade students' conceptual understandings regarding force and motion. The participants of the study included 107 (49 female, 58 male) tenth-grade students at two public high schools. A quasi-experimental…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 10, Metacognition, Epistemology
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Taskin, Tugba; Yavas, Pervin Ünlü – Research in Science Education, 2021
The purpose of this study was to investigate knowledge of high school students related to conductors at electrostatic equilibrium and electric field lines. The descriptive model was preferred in line with the purpose of the study. The sample of the study consisted of 35 11th grade students, 18 females and 16 males, who were enrolled in a…
Descriptors: High School Students, Knowledge Level, Scientific Concepts, Energy
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Jördens, Janina; Hammann, Marcus – Research in Science Education, 2021
We investigated potential drivers of interest in topic-context and topic-activity combinations, as well as interactions between the different elements of situational interest in evolutionary biology. High school students (n = 982, age 17 years) were asked to rate their interest in two sets of items consisting of topic-context and topic-activity…
Descriptors: High School Students, Science Interests, Evolution, Biology
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Metin, Duygu; Cakiroglu, Jale; Leblebicioglu, Gulsen – Research in Science Education, 2020
Practices such as astrology or crystal healing can be defined as pseudoscience. Against pseudoscience, one of the major responsibilities of science education must be to develop science-literate individuals who are able to understand what science is, how science is undertaken, how scientific knowledge is constructed, and how it is justified, then…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 8, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Concepts
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Mavhunga, Elizabeth – Research in Science Education, 2020
Teaching pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) at a topic-specific level requires clarity on the content-specific nature of the components employed, as well as the specific features that bring about the desirable depth in teacher explanations. Such understanding is often hazy; yet, it influences the nature of teacher tasks and learning opportunities…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Science Instruction, Chemistry, Lesson Plans
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Richards, A. J.; Jones, Darrick C.; Etkina, Eugenia – Research in Science Education, 2020
We use the framework of cognitive resources to investigate how students construct understanding of a complex physics topic, namely, a photovoltaic cell. By observing students as they learn about how a solar cell functions, we identified over 60 distinct resources that learners may activate while thinking about photovoltaic cells. We classify these…
Descriptors: Physics, Concept Formation, Scientific Concepts, Cognitive Ability
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Fredriksson, Alexandra; Pelger, Susanne – Research in Science Education, 2020
The aim of this study is to explore how tertiary science students' use of metaphors in their popular science article writing may influence their understanding of subject matter. For this purpose, six popular articles written by students in physics or geology were analysed by means of a close textual analysis and a metaphor analysis. In addition,…
Descriptors: College Students, Figurative Language, Content Area Writing, College Science
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Förtsch, Christian; Dorfner, Tobias; Baumgartner, Julia; Werner, Sonja; von Kotzebue, Lena; Neuhaus, Birgit J. – Research in Science Education, 2020
The German National Education Standards (NES) for biology were introduced in 2005. The content part of the NES emphasizes fostering conceptual knowledge. However, there are hardly any indications of what such an instructional implementation could look like. We introduce a theoretical framework of an instructional approach to foster students'…
Descriptors: National Standards, Biology, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Yaseen, Zeynep; Aubusson, Peter – Research in Science Education, 2020
This article describes an investigation into teaching and learning with student-generated animations combined with a representational pedagogy. In particular, it reports on interactive discussions that were stimulated by the students' own animations as well as their critiques of experts' animations. Animations representing views of states of…
Descriptors: Animation, High School Students, Grade 11, Secondary School Science
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Derman, Aysegül; Ebenezer, Jazlin – Research in Science Education, 2020
The purpose of this study was to describe the effect of multiple knowledge representations of physical and chemical changes on the development of primary pre-service teachers' cognitive structures. The study took place in an introductory general chemistry laboratory course in a four-year teacher education program. Multiple knowledge…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Preservice Teachers, Cognitive Structures, Chemistry
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