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Kennedy, JohnPaul; Quinn, Frances; Lyons, Terry – Research in Science Education, 2020
Educational researchers have long noted the apparent link between positive student attitudes and a student's desire to continue their study of particular subjects beyond the compulsory years of schooling, with much of the research motivated by concerns around declining student participation rates in high-school and university. However,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Grade 7
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Llinás, Julia Gil; Macías, Francisco Solano; Márquez, Luis Manuel Tobaja – Research in Science Education, 2020
The aim of the present research was to explore the use of concept maps as an assessment tool. The research question posed was: can concept maps be used to quantitatively assess the learning of a physics topic in an engineering course? This paper describes a new approach to quantifying concept maps. The research was preceded by a pilot project that…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Physics, Science Instruction, Evaluation Methods
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Archila, Pablo Antonio; Molina, Jorge; de Mejía, Anne-Marie Truscott – Research in Science Education, 2020
Contrary to the situation at primary, middle, and secondary school levels, university science courses provide students with very few opportunities to reflect upon the nature of science (NOS). The first goal of this study was to provide evidence that the co-construction of evolutionary trees, an important component of university biology education,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles
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Izci, Kemal; Muslu, Nilay; Burcks, Shannon M.; Siegel, Marcelle A.; Formative Evaluation; testing; Testing – Research in Science Education, 2020
New notions of science teaching and learning provide challenges for designing and using classroom assessment. Existing assessments are not effective in assessing and supporting desired science learning because they are not designed to capture and aid such learning (NRC 2014; Pellegrino 2013). In addition, it is important to evaluate effectiveness…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Chemistry, High School Students
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Blown, Eric J.; Bryce, Tom G. K. – Research in Science Education, 2020
The research described here examined the sources of knowledge of astronomy of children (age 3-18) in China and New Zealand, together with the development of their awareness of competing sources, ranging from everyday language, childhood literature and folklore to the scientific accounts prevalent in schools. The authors cite examples of the…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Folk Culture, Children, Adolescents
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Großmann, Nadine; Wilde, Matthias – Research in Science Education, 2020
In self-determination theory, Ryan and Deci (2017) propose that psychological well-being is based on three innate psychological needs: relatedness, competence, and autonomy. The perception of autonomy in particular has positive effects on students' well-being and the quality of experience in educational settings. A positive effect of perceived…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students, Biology
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Gomes, Judith; Fleer, Marilyn – Research in Science Education, 2020
There is increasing interest in early childhood science education and a corresponding increase in research in this area. Studies have shown that in some countries the teaching of science in the early years remains low. These studies show that science pedagogy in the early years needs attention, despite the myriad opportunities afforded for the…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Science Education, Elementary School Science
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Matuk, Camillia; Uttal, David H. – Research in Science Education, 2020
Biologists use tree diagrams to illustrate phylogenetic relationships among species. However, both novices and experts are prone to misinterpret this notational form. A difficulty with reasoning with cladograms is that intuitive narrative conceptions of evolution as a linear progression interfere with perceiving the hierarchical relationships that…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Biology, Visual Aids, Data Interpretation
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Li, Pei-Jung; Hong, Huang-Yao; Chai, Ching Sing; Tsai, Chin-Chung; Lin, Pei-Yi – Research in Science Education, 2020
The aim of this study was to investigate whether and how engaging with a computer-supported collaborative knowledge-building environment helps students to develop a more sophisticated approach to scientific inquiry. A total of 52 undergraduate students took a course entitled "Introduction to Natural Sciences" that was based on…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Education, Science Process Skills
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Smith, Dorothy V.; Mulhall, Pamela J.; Hart, Christina E.; Gunstone, Richard F. – Research in Science Education, 2020
Students learn more than science knowledge in a science classroom; they also acquire important messages about the purposes and contexts of science. Roberts (2011) calls these messages a companion story. In this article, we present a case study of high-profile Australian contemporary scientists to argue that there is a need to broaden the range of…
Descriptors: Scientists, Science Education, Foreign Countries, Scientific Research
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Tursucu, Süleyman; Spandaw, Jeroen; de Vries, Marc J. – Research in Science Education, 2020
Students in upper secondary education encounter difficulties in applying mathematics in physics. To improve our understanding of these difficulties, we examined symbol sense behavior of six grade 10 physics students solving algebraic physic problems. Our data confirmed that students did indeed struggle to apply algebra to physics, mainly because…
Descriptors: Physics, Secondary School Students, Science Instruction, Mathematics
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Potvin, Patrice; Hasni, Abdelkrim; Sy, Ousmane; Riopel, Martin – Research in Science Education, 2020
This longitudinal study (N = 540, grades 7 and 8) was conducted over 2 years (four measurement points) with a perceptual construct questionnaire and access to students' report cards. The changes in interest, self-concept, and the intention to pursue studies and a career in science and technology were explored as well as the reciprocal causal links…
Descriptors: Science Careers, Technology, Vocational Interests, Self Concept
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Herman, Benjamin C.; Zeidler, Dana L.; Newton, Mark – Research in Science Education, 2020
Engaging environmental socioscientific issues (SSI) requires navigating diverse positions regarding people and nature. This qualitative investigation determined how 24 undergraduates experiencing place-based SSI instruction in the Greater Yellowstone Area (includes a national park and its surrounding areas in the western USA) expressed emotive…
Descriptors: Emotional Response, Cognitive Processes, Place Based Education, Undergraduate Students
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Dikici, Ayhan; Özdemir, Gökhan; Clark, Douglas B. – Research in Science Education, 2020
The purpose of this study is to explore the strength of relationships between 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students' scientific process skills and scientific creativity through structural equation modeling (SEM). For this purpose, data were collected from 353 students in grades 7-9 in Turkey. Scientific Process Skills and Scientific Creativity survey…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Science Process Skills, Creativity, Foreign Countries
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Cruz-Guzmán, Marta; García-Carmona, Antonio; Criado, Ana M. – Research in Science Education, 2020
This article presents a qualitative study of the type and quality of questions formulated by prospective elementary teachers (PETs) when designing scientific inquiry activities, depending on the school science content selected. The data were acquired during teacher training instruction on these aspects with 67 participant PETs. The results showed…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Questioning Techniques, Inquiry
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