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Anderson, Dayle; Moeed, Azra – Science & Education, 2017
Current curriculum demands require primary teachers to teach about the Nature of Science; yet, few primary teachers have had opportunity to learn about science as a discipline. Prior schooling and vicarious experiences of science may shape their beliefs about science and, as a result, their science teaching. This qualitative study describes the…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientists, Science Education, Elementary School Students
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Bryce, T. G.; Blown, E. J. – Science & Education, 2016
This article notes the convergence of recent thinking in neuroscience and grounded cognition regarding the way we understand mental representation and recollection: ideas are dynamic and multi-modal, actively created at the point of recall. Also, neurophysiologically, re-entrant signalling among cortical circuits allows non-conscious processing to…
Descriptors: Neurosciences, Concept Formation, Knowledge Representation, Cognitive Processes
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Blown, E. J.; Bryce, T. G. K. – Science & Education, 2013
This article examines the main strands of thinking about gravity through the ages and the continuity of thought-experiments, from the early Greeks, through medieval times, to Galileo, Newton and Einstein. The key ideas are used to contextualise an empirical study of 247 children's ideas about falling objects carried out in China and New Zealand,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, World Views, Teaching Methods, Motion
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Jorgensen, Lone Morris; Ryan, SueAnn – Science & Education, 2004
"The New Zealand Curriculum Framework", 1993, is the official document for teaching, learning and assessment in New Zealand schools. It consists of a set of curriculum statements, which define the learning principles, achievement aims and essential skills for seven learning areas. It also indicates the place of attitudes and values in…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Foreign Countries, Ethics, Moral Values