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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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Reid, Norman – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2009
Any instructional theory that ignores the limits of working memory when dealing with novel information or ignores the disappearance of these limits when dealing with familiar information in unlikely to be effective. (Kirschner et al. 2006, 77) (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Theories, Science Education, Biology
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Tytler, Russell; Peterson, Suzanne – Research in Science Education, 2001
Tracks five-year-old children's ideas by a range of means during and subsequent to a classroom sequence on evaporation. Explores the relationship between social and individual perspectives on learning, and questions some assumptions underlying conceptual change research. Analyzes the children's explanations of various evaporation phenomena over…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Epistemology
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Symington, David J. – Research in Science and Technological Education, 1987
Reports the results of a survey of 70 experienced primary school teachers in Australia designed to explore respondents' concepts of technology and their attitudes about curriculum change. Discusses the implications of their findings on technology curriculum improvement. (CW)
Descriptors: Biology, Curriculum Development, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary School Science