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Xiao, Sihan; Sandoval, William A. – Science & Education, 2017
Science educators are typically dismayed by the failure of students to use relevant scientific knowledge when reasoning about socioscientific issues. Except for the well-documented association between having more knowledge about a topic and a tendency to use that knowledge, the influences on students' evaluation of information in socioscientific…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Scientific Attitudes, Evaluative Thinking, Science and Society
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Leblebicioglu, G.; Metin, D.; Capkinoglu, E.; Cetin, P. S.; Eroglu Dogan, E.; Schwartz, R. – Science & Education, 2017
Although nature of science (NOS) and nature of scientific inquiry (NOSI) are related to each other, they are differentiated as NOS is being more related to the product of scientific inquiry (SI) which is scientific knowledge whereas NOSI is more related to the process of SI (Schwartz et al. 2008). Lederman et al. ("Journal of Research in…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Education, Summer Programs, Inquiry
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Michel, Hanno; Neumann, Irene – Science & Education, 2016
Besides viewing knowledge about the nature of science (NOS) as important for its own value with respect to scientific literacy, an adequate understanding of NOS is expected to improve science content learning by fostering the ability to interrelate scientific concepts and, thus, coherently acquire scientific content knowledge. However, there is a…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Grade 6, Grade 7, Energy
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Papadopoulos, Ioannis – Science & Education, 2014
This paper describes a classroom experiment where students use techniques found in the history of mathematics to learn about an important mathematical idea. More precisely, sixth graders in a primary school follow Archimedes's method of exhaustion in order to compute the number p. Working in a computer environment, students inscribe and…
Descriptors: History, Grade 6, Elementary School Science, Computer Uses in Education
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Alpaslan, Mustafa; Isiksal, Mine; Haser, Çigdem – Science & Education, 2014
This study examined pre-service mathematics teachers' knowledge of history of mathematics and their attitudes and beliefs towards using history of mathematics in mathematics education based on year level in teacher education program and gender. The sample included 1,593 freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior pre-service middle school (grades 4-8)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Attitudes
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Malamitsa, Katerina; Kasoutas, Michael; Kokkotas, Panagiotis – Science & Education, 2009
In this paper, the development of sixth grade students' critical thinking skills in science courses is discussed relatively to the contribution of the integration of aspects of History of Science into instruction. Towards this direction a project on electromagnetism was designed and implemented aiming to engage primary school students in a…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Critical Thinking, Grade 6
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Ford, Michael – Science & Education, 2008
This article articulates how a "grasp of practice" serves as a reasoning resource for inquiry and citizenship abilities associated with nature of science (NOS) understanding. Theoretically, this resource is elaborated through an overlapping concern with "practice" in two literatures, science studies and psychology of learning, bringing attention…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Scientific Principles, Scientists, Inquiry