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Tang, Kok-Sing; Park, Joonhyeong; Chang, Jina – Research in Science Education, 2022
This paper argues that meaning-making with multimodal representations in science learning is always contextualized within a genre and, conversely, what constitutes an ongoing genre also depends on a multimodal coordination of speech, gesture, diagrams, symbols, and material objects. In social semiotics, a genre is a culturally evolved way of doing…
Descriptors: Semiotics, Science Education, Freehand Drawing, Elementary School Science
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Lee, Jeong-A; Kim, Chan-Jong – Research in Science Education, 2019
This study aims to understand interactions in Korean elementary science classrooms, which are heavily influenced by Confucianism. Ethnographic observations of two elementary science teachers' classrooms in Korea are provided. Their classes are fairly traditional teaching, which mean teacher-centered interactions are dominant. To understand the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Power Structure, Teacher Student Relationship, Elementary School Science
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Billingsley, Berry; Nassaji, Mehdi; Fraser, Sharon; Lawson, Finley – Research in Science Education, 2018
This paper gives the rationale and a draft outline for a framework for education to teach epistemic insight into schools in England. The motivation to research and propose a strategy to teach and assess epistemic insight followed research that investigated how students and teachers in primary and secondary schools respond to "big…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Models, Science Education, Sciences
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Wünschmann, Stephanie; Wüst-Ackermann, Peter; Randler, Christoph; Vollmer, Christian; Itzek-Greulich, Heike – Research in Science Education, 2017
Interventions in out-of-school settings have been shown in previous studies to effectively increase students' science knowledge and motivation, with mixed results on whether they are more effective than teaching at school. In this study, we compared an out-of-school setting in a reptile and amphibian zoo (Landau, Germany) with a sequence of…
Descriptors: Recreational Facilities, Science Instruction, Experimental Groups, Control Groups
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García-Carmona, Antonio; Criado, Ana M.; Cruz-Guzmán, Marta – Research in Science Education, 2017
A study is presented of the skills that primary pre-service teachers (PPTs) have in completing the planning of a scientific inquiry on the basis of a guiding script. The sample comprised 66 PPTs who constituted a group-class of the subject "Science Teaching," taught in the second year of an undergraduate degree in primary education at a…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Teaching Skills, Inquiry
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Nichols, Kim; Burgh, Gilbert; Kennedy, Callie – Research in Science Education, 2017
Developing students' skills to pose and respond to questions and actively engage in inquiry behaviours enables students to problem solve and critically engage with learning and society. The aim of this study was to analyse the impact of providing teachers with an intervention in inquiry pedagogy alongside inquiry science curriculum in comparison…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Professional Development, Intervention, Inquiry
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Ozturk, Nilay; Yilmaz-Tuzun, Ozgul – Research in Science Education, 2017
This study investigated preservice elementary science teachers' (PSTs) informal reasoning regarding socioscientific issues (SSI), their epistemological beliefs, and the relationship between informal reasoning and epistemological beliefs. From several SSIs, nuclear power usage was selected for this study. A total of 647 Turkish PSTs enrolled in…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Epistemology, Beliefs
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Haglund, Jesper; Jeppsson, Fredrik; Schönborn, Konrad J. – Research in Science Education, 2016
Integration of technology, social learning and scientific models offers pedagogical opportunities for science education. A particularly interesting area is thermal science, where students often struggle with abstract concepts, such as heat. In taking on this conceptual obstacle, we explore how hand-held infrared (IR) visualization technology can…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Photography, Energy, Physics
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Anderson, Dayle – Research in Science Education, 2015
Students' negative experiences of science in the primary sector have commonly been blamed on poor teacher content knowledge. Yet, teacher beliefs have long been identified as strong influences on classroom practice. Understanding the nature of teacher beliefs and their influence on primary science teaching practice could usefully inform teacher…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers
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Zhai, Junqing; Tan, Aik-Ling – Research in Science Education, 2015
This study delves into the different roles that elementary science teachers play in the classroom to orchestrate science learning opportunities for students. Examining the classroom practices of three elementary science teachers in Singapore, we found that teachers shuttle between four key roles in enabling student learning in science. Teachers…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science
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Smith, Greg – Research in Science Education, 2015
This study investigates the relationship, if any, between teacher participation in a targeted professional development programme and changes in participants' instructional practice and their pupils' attitudes to learning primary science. The programme took place over a 2-year period in 15 small rural schools in the West of Ireland. Data sources…
Descriptors: Correlation, Teacher Participation, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods
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Andic, Branko; Cvjeticanin, Stanko; Lavicza, Zsolt; Maricic, Mirjana; Novovic, Tatjana; Steševic, Danijela – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2021
Background: Exploring using constructivist learning has become a focus of educational research in recent years. However, no available research has been found which examines the contribution of constructivist learning through the implementation of handheld computers and tablets (in the literature, a constructivist mobile learning environment refers…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Biology, Constructivism (Learning), Electronic Learning
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Davies, Dan; Beauchamp, Gary; Davies, Jason; Price, Ruth – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2020
Background: The Internet of Things (IoT) is a global network of data-sensing devices which pupils can access during science or other curriculum activities. Purpose: This article reports on a commissioned evaluation of a small-scale pilot project to explore the potential of the IoT combined with local sensors to enhance pupils' data interpretation…
Descriptors: Internet, Equipment, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Science
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Braund, Martin; Leigh, Joanne – Research in Science Education, 2013
Pupil talk and discussion are seen as having important social and cognitive outcomes. In science classes, pupils' collaborative talk supports the construction of meaning and helps examine the status of evidence, theory and knowledge. However, pupil interactive talk in groups is rare in science lessons. The research reported is part of a project to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Experience, Educationally Disadvantaged, Statistical Analysis
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Chen, Junjun; Cowie, Bronwen – Research in Science Education, 2013
Given worldwide concern about a decline in student engagement in school science and an increasing call for science for citizenship in New Zealand Curriculum, this study focused on a butterfly unit that investigated how students in a year-4 primary classroom learnt about New Zealand butterflies through thinking, talking, and acting as citizen…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students
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