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Schuster, David; Cobern, William W.; Adams, Betty A. J.; Undreiu, Adriana; Pleasants, Brandy – Research in Science Education, 2018
Science curricula and teaching methods vary greatly, depending in part on which facets of science are emphasized, e.g., core disciplinary ideas or science practices and process skills, and perspectives differ considerably on desirable pedagogies. Given the multi-faceted nature of science and the variety of teaching methods found in practice, it is…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Science Instruction, Core Curriculum, Science Curriculum
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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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Campbell, Alison; Otrel-Cass, Kathrin – Research in Science Education, 2011
New Zealand has had a national school science curriculum for more than 80 years. In the past the evolution content of this document has varied, and has at times been strongly influenced by creationist lobby groups. The "new" science curriculum, to be fully implemented in 2010, places much greater emphasis than before on understanding…
Descriptors: Evolution, Curriculum Development, International Schools, Scientific Principles
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Murphy, Cliona; Murphy, Colette; Kilfeather, Paula – Research in Science Education, 2011
This study explored the effects that the incorporation of nature of science (NoS) activities in the primary science classroom had on children's perceptions and understanding of science. We compared children's ideas in four classes by inviting them to talk, draw and write about what science meant to them: two of the classes were taught by "NoS"…
Descriptors: Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction
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Segal, Gilda – Research in Science Education, 1997
Contrasts naive beliefs about the nature of science with science as it appears from sociological and philosophical study, feminist critique, and insights from multicultural education. Pragmatic school science is situated within a framework that questions how we know and the recognition that even high-status knowledge can be challenged. (AIM)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Higher Education, Learning Processes, Questioning Techniques
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Nelson, Michael – Research in Science Education, 2001
Presents preservice elementary teachers' frames (points of view) on science curriculum. Uses Carl Sagan's text, "The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark". Explores how students retelling their reactions to experiences of their own design might influence their awareness of beliefs in general and reconsideration of…
Descriptors: Attitudes, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Elementary School Teachers