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Blankenburg, Janet Susan; Höffler, Tim Niclas; Parchmann, Ilka – Science Education, 2016
This paper investigates the structure of German sixth-grade students' interest in science (N = 474; age 11-12 years) by considering different subject-related contexts (biology, chemistry, and physics) and different activities. Confirmatory factor analysis models were designed to validate the hypothetical structure of interest, connecting the whole…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Grade 6, Science Interests
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Konneman, Christiane; Asshoff, Roman; Hammann, Marcus – Science Education, 2016
The main aim of this paper is to describe high school students' attitudes concerning evolution and creation, with a focus on (1) attitudes toward evolutionary theory, (2) attitudes toward the Biblical accounts of creation, (3) creationist beliefs, and (4) scientistic beliefs. Latent class analyses revealed seven attitude profiles in a sample of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes
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Kampa, Nele; Köller, Olaf – Science Education, 2016
National and international large-scale assessments (LSA) have a major impact on educational systems, which raises fundamental questions about the validity of the measures regarding their internal structure and their relations to relevant covariates. Given its importance, research on the validity of instruments specifically developed for LSA is…
Descriptors: Verbal Ability, Academic Standards, Biology, Literacy
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Thomm, Eva; Bromme, Rainer – Science Education, 2012
The Internet is a convenient source of information about science-based topics (e.g., health matters). Whereas experts are familiar with the conventions of "true" scientific discourse and the assessment of scientific information, laypeople may have great difficulty choosing among, evaluating, and deciding on the vast amount of information…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Internet, Expertise, Evaluative Thinking
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Science Education, 1983
Describes conferences to be held in Kiel, Germany, April 2-6, 1984; Utrecht, the Netherlands, August 20-25, 1984; and Brisbane, Australia, December 10-20, 1984. Includes topics to be covered and addresses for additional information. A call for papers is included with the Kiel information. (JM)
Descriptors: College Science, Conferences, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries
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Schmidt, Hans-Jurgen – Science Education, 1997
Describes four chemical terms that students with well-considered reasons use in a way that is not accepted in chemistry. From 4300-7500 senior high school students completed a series of multiple choice tests while other groups of students participated in discussions about the problem situations. Contains 34 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Chemical Reactions, Chemistry, Concept Formation, Educational Strategies
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Von Aufshnaiter, Stefan; Schwedes, Hannelore – Science Education, 1989
Described is a curriculum project developed in Germany. The importance of playing and gaming for the acquisition of cognitive and social capacities, the relationships among acting, reasoning, and learning in physics instruction, and the spheres of subjective experience are discussed. The framework and evaluation of the curriculum are outlined. (YP)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Foreign Countries, Learning Processes, Physics