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Park, Jisun; Song, Jinwoong; Abrahams, Ian – Science & Education, 2016
This study explored, from the perspective of intellectual passion developed by Michael Polanyi, the unintended learning that occurred in primary practical science lessons. We use the term "unintended" learning to distinguish it from "intended" learning that appears in teachers' learning objectives. Data were collected using…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Primary Education, Elementary School Science, Science Education
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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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Galamba, Arthur – Science & Education, 2016
Not surprisingly historical studies have suggested that there is a distance between concepts of teaching methods, their interpretations and their actual use in the classroom. This issue, however, is not always pitched to the personal level in historical studies, which may provide an alternative insight on how teachers conceptualise and engage with…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Concept Formation
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Pavez, José M.; Vergara, Claudia A.; Santibañez, David; Cofré, Hernán – Science & Education, 2016
A number of authors have recognized the importance of understanding the nature of science (NOS) for scientific literacy. Different instructional strategies such as decontextualized, hands-on inquiry, and history of science (HOS) activities have been proposed for teaching NOS. This article seeks to understand the contribution of HOS in enhancing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Science Teachers, Biology
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Ariza, Yefrin; Lorenzano, Pablo; Adúriz-Bravo, Agustín – Science & Education, 2016
There is nowadays consensus in the community of didactics of science (i.e. science education understood as an academic discipline) regarding the need to include the philosophy of science in didactical research, science teacher education, curriculum design, and the practice of science education in all educational levels. Some authors have…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Philosophy, Scientific Principles, Science Teachers
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Ferreira, Tiago Alfredo S.; El-Hani, Charbel N.; da Silva-Filho, Waldomiro José – Science & Education, 2016
This article intends to show that the defense of "understanding" as one of the major goals of science education can be grounded on an anti-reductionist perspective on testimony as a source of knowledge. To do so, we critically revisit the discussion between Harvey Siegel and Alvin Goldman about the goals of science education, especially…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Science Education, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes
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Justi, Rosária; Mendonça, Paula Cristina Cardoso – Science & Education, 2016
As part of a teacher training project, 16 future chemistry teachers participated in a dramatisation activity (a mock trial of the Fritz Haber case), in which they discussed a controversy concerning an event from the history of science: the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Fritz Haber in 1918. Preparations for the role-play activity, the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education, Science Teachers
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Machado, Juliana; Braga, Marco Antônio Barbosa – Science & Education, 2016
A characterization of the modelling process in science is proposed for science education, based on Mario Bunge's ideas about the construction of models in science. Galileo's "Dialogues" are analysed as a potentially fruitful starting point to implement strategies aimed at modelling in the classroom in the light of that proposal. It is…
Descriptors: History, Science Instruction, Epistemology, Science Education
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Kanderakis, Nikos – Science & Education, 2016
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, mathematicians and physical philosophers managed to study, via mathematics, various physical systems of the sublunar world through idealized and simplified models of these systems, constructed with the help of geometry. By analyzing these models, they were able to formulate new concepts, laws and…
Descriptors: Science Education, Physics, Mathematics, Secondary School Science
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Toonders, Winnie; Verhoeff, Roald P.; Zwart, Hub – Science & Education, 2016
Drama is a relatively unexplored tool in academic science education. This paper addresses in what way the use of drama may allow science students to deepen their understanding of recent developments in the emerging and controversial field of neuro-enhancement, by means of a case study approach. First, we emphasise the congruency between drama and…
Descriptors: Drama, Questionnaires, Qualitative Research, Philosophy
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Zhang, Lin – Science & Education, 2016
Inquiry-based science teaching has been advocated by many science educational standards and reports from around the world. Disagreements about and concerns with this teaching approach, however, are often ignored. Opposing ideas and conflicting results have been bouncing around in the field. It seems that the field carries on with a hope that…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Academic Standards
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Gim, Jinyeong – Science & Education, 2016
South Korean high school students are being taught Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity. In this article, I examine the portrayal of this theory in South Korean high school physics textbooks and discuss an alternative method used to solve the analyzed problems. This examination of how these South Korean textbooks present this theory has…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Science Instruction, Textbooks
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Zudini, Verena; Zuccheri, Luciana – Science & Education, 2016
A study of the interactions between mathematics and cognitive science, carried out within a historical perspective, is important for a better understanding of mathematics education in the present. This is evident when analysing the contribution made by the epistemological theories of Ernst Mach. On the basis of such theories, a didactic method was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Education, Cognitive Science, Theories
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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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Rundgren, Carl-Johan; Eriksson, Martin; Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang – Science & Education, 2016
This study aims to explore students' argumentation and decision-making relating to an authentic socioscientific issue (SSI)--the problem of environmental toxins in fish from the Baltic Sea. A multi-disciplinary instructional module, designed in order to develop students' skills to argue about complex SSI, was successfully tested. Seven science…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Secondary School Students
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