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Fensham, Peter J. – Science Education, 2009
Policy has been a much neglected area for research in science education. In their neglect of policy studies, researchers have maintained an ongoing naivete about the politics of science education. In doing so, they often overestimate the implications of their research findings about practice and ignore the interplay between the stakeholders beyond…
Descriptors: Science Education, Role Perception, Theory Practice Relationship, Politics of Education
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Klopfer, Leopold E.; Champagne, Audrey B. – Science Education, 1990
Discussed is the history of school science curriculum reform from the Sputnik era to 1990. The relationship between the crisis in the 1950s and 1990 is addressed. A list of curriculum development programs for all levels and special needs students is included. (KR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Disabilities, Elementary Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Anderson, O. Roger; Botticelli, Steven – Science Education, 1990
Investigated is a reader's ability to comprehend written text that is highly novel with few semantic cues. The theoretical perspective, assessment theory, materials and methods, and the results of this study are discussed. (KR)
Descriptors: Coding, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Structures
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Eijkelhof, H. M. C.; And Others – Science Education, 1990
Described are lay-ideas which may exist about ionizing radiation, the importance of these ideas for risk management, and the relationships between various lay-ideas. Lay-ideas were used to gain a better insight into the problems of learning about ionizing radiation and to construct appropriate teaching materials and strategies. (KR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Elementary Secondary Education, Misconceptions, Radiation
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Roberts, Douglas A.; Chastko, Audrey M. – Science Education, 1990
Examined is teacher thinking which develops during curriculum and methodology courses for intending teachers of secondary school science. A science teacher thinking framework which includes subject matter, teaching strategy, objectives, and student response was developed. The importance of reflective thinking is discussed. (KR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Communication Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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Lederman, Norman G.; O'Malley, Molly – Science Education, 1990
Investigated were students' beliefs about the tentativeness of scientific knowledge, various sources of students' beliefs as well as those factors that have altered students' beliefs about science, and the implications of students' beliefs for daily personal and societal decisions. The research methodology and instructional implications are…
Descriptors: Cognitive Measurement, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Style, Curriculum Development
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Tilgner, Peggy J. – Science Education, 1990
Discussed is the elementary science teacher curriculum and its role in students' interest in science. Qualifications, teacher attitudes about science, college preparation, hands-on experience, science instruction, science method instruction, and the role of the administrator are described in terms of effective elementary science programs. (KR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Laboratory Training
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Heinze-Fry, Jane A.; Novak, Joseph D. – Science Education, 1990
Discussed is the use of concept mapping as a tool to enhance meaningful learning for college autotutorial biology students. Student attitudes toward concept mapping is described. The correlation between SAT scores and concept mapping was investigated. (KR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Structures, College Science, Concept Mapping
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Stensvold, Mark S.; Wilson, John T. – Science Education, 1990
The relationship between concept mapping and comprehension was investigated in conjunction with science instructional laboratories. Measured were student skills and aptitudes applying aptitude treatment interaction procedures to investigate interactions between a concept mapping treatment and student aptitudes. (KR)
Descriptors: Academic Aptitude, Aptitude Treatment Interaction, Chemistry, Cognitive Structures
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Ross, John A. – Science Education, 1990
Described is the key teacher strategy for inservice compared to an all teacher strategy, in which inservice is given directly to all the target teachers. Student achievement in both situations is considered. (KR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education
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Cornett, Jeffrey W.; And Others – Science Education, 1990
Presented are the findings of a naturalistic case study of science teacher thinking. The role of personal practical theories and curricular and instructional decisions is discussed. Suggested implications of understanding personal theorizing of science teachers and science teacher educators are included. (KR)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Cognitive Processes, College Science, Curriculum Design
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Martin, Brian; And Others – Science Education, 1990
Presented is an asymptotic approach to "authentic" science. Discussed are the following aspects of science: personal science, private science, public science, historical science, societal science, technological science, and the aims of science. (KR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Epistemology, Experiential Learning, Science and Society
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Simpson, Ronald D.; Oliver, J. Steve – Science Education, 1990
Major findings and prediction models resulting from longitudinal research are presented. Discussed are the study design; variables, trends, and profiles; a follow-up study; and implications and policy recommendations. A summary model designed to explain this phenomenon is given. (CW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Longitudinal Studies
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Glenn, William H. – Science Education, 1990
Examined is the extent to which trends found in high school biology textbooks are also found in earth science texts. Procedures, book lists, and summaries are presented. It is recommended that more emphasis be placed on the theory of evolution in future editions of earth science textbooks. (CW)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Earth Science, Educational Trends, Evolution
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Wilson, John T.; Chalmers-Neubauer, Irene – Science Education, 1990
Described and assessed was the teacher's role in three elementary school science programs which included hands-on learning experiences for the students. Results indicated that this role varied with the manner in which hands-on materials were used in the program. (CW)
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Elementary School Science, Experiential Learning, Science Course Improvement Projects
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