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Caspi, Avner; Gorsky, Paul; Nitzani-Hendel, Rakefet; Zacharia, Zacharias; Rosenfeld, Sherman; Berman, Shmuel; Shildhouse, Bruria – Science Education, 2019
On completing middle-school (ninth grade), Israeli students must choose which discipline(s) to major in upon entering high school. This study, grounded in Expectancy-Value Theory (EVT), identified and modeled the factors that contributed to students' academic choices from their own subjective perspectives. We collected qualitative and quantitative…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, High School Students, Grade 9
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Kapon, Shulamit; Laherto, Antti; Levrini, Olivia – Science Education, 2018
Pursuing both disciplinary authenticity and personal relevance in the teaching and learning of science in school generates tensions that should be acknowledged and resolved. This paper problematizes and explores the conceptualizations of these tensions by considering personal relevance, disciplinary authenticity, and common school science as three…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Educational Objectives, Course Content, Epistemology
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Tal, Revital; Bamberger, Yael; Morag, Orly – Science Education, 2005
Museums are favorite and respected resources for learning worldwide. In Israel, there are two relatively large science centers and a number of small natural history museums that are visited by thousands of students. Unlike other countries, studying museum visits in Israel only emerges in the last few years. The study focused on the roles and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Role, Teacher Attitudes, Field Trips
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Zion, M.; Slezak, M.; Shapira, D.; Link, E.; Bashan, N.; Brumer, M.; Orian, T.; Nussinowitz, R.; Court, D.; Agrest, B.; Mendelovici, R.; Valanides, N. – Science Education, 2004
In the new biology-learning curriculum for Israeli high schools, known as Biomind, students experience "open-inquiry." This paper describes a qualitative action research project that was performed in order to investigate the characteristics of the open inquiry learning process. Specifically, the research investigates this process in…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Action Research, Research Methodology, Biology
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Dodick, Jeff; Orion, Nir – Science Education, 2003
There have been few discoveries in geology more important than "deep time"--the understanding that the universe has existed for countless millennia, such that man's existence is confined to the last milliseconds of the metaphorical geological clock. The influence of deep time is felt in a variety of sciences including geology, cosmology,…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), High School Students, Grade 11, Grade 12
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Dori, Yehudit J.; Tal, Revital T.; Tsaushu, Masha – Science Education, 2003
Teaching nonscience majors topics in biotechnology through case studies is the focus of this research. Our "Biotechnology, Environment, and Related Issues" module, developed within the "Science for All" framework, is aimed at elevating the level of students' scientific and technological literacy and their higher order thinking…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Biotechnology, Technological Literacy, Thinking Skills
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Dreyfus, A.; And Others – Science Education, 1985
Investigated the main concerns of teachers teaching the Israel High School Biology Project (IHBP). This program, implemented about 15 years ago, is an adaptation of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Project Yellow Version. Areas examined include how teachers perceive the program and what changes they would make. (JN)
Descriptors: Biology, Curriculum Development, High Schools, Science Course Improvement Projects
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Gorodetsky, Malka; Hoz, Ron – Science Education, 1985
Employs latent partition analysis (a multivariate technique) to reveal pre/postcognitive structure of freshman engineering students (N=70) taking general chemistry. Similarities and dissimilarities among high and low scorers are discussed. Arguments for use of this statistical techniques are presented. (DH)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Cognitive Structures, College Science, Higher Education
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Galili, Igal; Lavrik, Valentina – Science Education, 1998
Investigates high school students' knowledge of natural phenomena related to the concept of light flux as it applies to the seasons and illumination after they studied optics. Discusses didactic, cognitive, and ontological perspectives in relation to specific changes in the science curriculum. Contains 71 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Psychology, Concept Formation, Curriculum Design, Foreign Countries
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Orion, Nir; And Others – Science Education, 1997
Describes the development of the Science Outdoor Learning Environment Inventory which includes seven scales. The instrument was used by high school students (N=643) and the results indicate that the instrument is a sensitive measure that differentiates between different types of field trips. Contains 19 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science
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Barak, Moshe; Raz, Eli – Science Education, 2000
Describes the development of a project-based unit on hot-air balloons used with Israeli junior high school students. Concludes that students in the program gained experience with high-level scientific principles and technological processes, the project allows for a learning environment of cooperation and teamwork, and collaboration between…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Integrated Activities, Problem Based Learning
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Dori, Yehudit J.; Tal, Revital T. – Science Education, 2000
Describes the development, implementation, and assessment of a mixed formal-informal Science, Technology and Society (STS) curriculum that incorporates collaborative projects with case studies, field trips, and formal class sessions. (Contains 44 references.) (Author/WRM)
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education
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Dreyfus, Amos; And Others – Science Education, 1990
Discussed are the implications of the three main stages of conceptual change--"awareness, disequilibrium, and reformulating"--on misconceptions of grade 10 students in Israel. The difficulties and problems encountered with the procedure are included. (KR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Style, Foreign Countries, Grade 10
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Tamir, Pinchas – Science Education, 1990
Presented is a study designed to describe the characteristics, goals, and instructional strategies of high school science teachers in Israel. The study also attempted to identify factors which explain differences between teachers of different science content and provide explanations for the differential implementation of curricula in biology,…
Descriptors: Biology, Chemistry, Educational Objectives, Females
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Bar, Varda – Science Education, 1989
Israeli children's (kindergarten to grade nine) explanations about the water cycle are described. Reports the children's views about the source of clouds and the mechanism of rainfall. It was concluded that understanding evaporation is a necessary condition for explaining a mechanism of rain containing the ideas of condensation and heaviness. (YP)
Descriptors: Climate, Concept Formation, Conservation (Concept), Earth Science
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