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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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Haus, Jana Maria – Research in Science Education, 2020
This work uses new materialist perspectives (Barad 2007; Lenz Taguchi 2014; Rautio in "Children's Geographies," 11(4), 394-408, 2013) to examine an exploration of concepts as agents and the question how intra-action of human and non-human bodies lead to the investigation of scientific concepts, relying on an article by de Freitas and…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Human Body, Play, Learning Processes
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Gao, Yizhu; Zhai, Xiaoming; Andersson, Björn; Zeng, Pingfei; Xin, Tao – Research in Science Education, 2020
We applied latent class analysis and the rule space model to verify the cumulative characteristic of conceptual change by developing a learning progression for buoyancy. For this study, we first abstracted seven attributes of buoyancy and then developed a hypothesized learning progression for buoyancy. A 14-item buoyancy instrument was…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Concept Formation, Middle School Students, Grade 8
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Upahi, Johnson Enero; Ramnarain, Umesh; Ishola, Ismail Saheed – Research in Science Education, 2020
The development of science education in many countries is varied and diverse. However, one common goal of science education in the different contexts is the focus on scientific literacy. To promote scientific literacy, the Nature of Science (NoS) is one of the vital components for raising scientifically literate citizens. In view of this, the…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, Science Education
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Corpuz, Edgar De Guzman; Rebello, N. Sanjay – Research in Science Education, 2019
The first phase of this multiphase study involves modeling of college students' thinking of friction at the microscopic level. Diagnostic interviews were conducted with 11 students with different levels of physics backgrounds. A phenomenographic approach of data analysis was used to generate categories of responses which subsequently were used to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, College Students, Physics
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Fleer, Marilyn – Research in Science Education, 2019
Eminent scientists, like Einstein, worked with theoretical contradiction, thought experiments, mental models and visualisation--all characteristics of children's play. Supporting children's play is a strength of early childhood teachers. Promising research shows a link between imagination in science and imagination in play. A case study of 3…
Descriptors: Play, Science Instruction, Young Children, Imagination
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Tang, Kok-Sing; Yang, Xiangyu – Research in Science Education, 2019
Research examining the relationship between science and religion has often painted a narrative of conflict for students with various religious beliefs. The purpose of this paper is to present a counter-narrative based on a study carried out in Singapore, which provides a unique multi-ethnic and multi-religious environment and geopolitical context…
Descriptors: Religion, Religious Factors, High School Students, Science Instruction
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Liampa, Vasiliki; Malandrakis, George N.; Papadopoulou, Penelope; Pnevmatikos, Dimitrios – Research in Science Education, 2019
This study focused on the development and validation of a three-tier multiple-choice diagnostic instrument about the ecological footprint. Each question in the three-tier test comprised by; (a) the content tier, assessing content knowledge; (b) the reason tier, assessing explanatory knowledge; and (c) the confidence tier that differentiates lack…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Test Validity, Multiple Choice Tests, Ecology
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de Andrade, Vanessa; Freire, Sofia; Baptista, Mónica – Research in Science Education, 2019
This article describes a system of analysis aimed at characterizing students' scientific explanations. Science education literature and reform documents have been highlighting the importance of scientific explanations for students' conceptual understanding and for their understanding of the nature of scientific knowledge. Nevertheless, and despite…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Knowledge Level, Student Attitudes
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