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Vogelezang, Michiel; Van Berkel, Berry; Verdonk, Adri – Science Education, 2015
Between 1970 and 1990, the Dutch working group "Empirical Introduction to Chemistry" developed a secondary school chemistry education curriculum based on the educational vision of the mathematicians van Hiele and van Hiele-Geldof. This approach viewed learning as a process in which students must go through discontinuous level transitions…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Qualitative Research, Secondary School Students
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Van Schijndel, Tessa J. P.; Franse, Rooske K.; Raijmakers, Maartje E. J. – Science Education, 2010
In this paper, we introduce the Exploratory Behavior Scale (EBS), a quantitative measure of young children's interactivity. More specifically, the EBS is developed from the psychological literature on exploration and play and measures the extent to which preschoolers explore their physical environment. A practical application of the EBS in a…
Descriptors: Museums, Exhibits, Hands on Science, Student Behavior
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Van Eijck, Michiel; Claxton, Nicholas Xumthoult – Science Education, 2009
Educators repeatedly underscore the intimate relationship between science and technology. This is problematic because technology, far from being "applied science," presupposes a unique epistemology (techno-epistemology). A focus on the role of science in technology overshadows this unique way of knowing and hence limits technology…
Descriptors: World Views, Technology Education, Epistemology, Technology Uses in Education
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Lijnse, Piet – Science Education, 1983
Discusses the results of an opinion survey of ninth- and eleventh-grade students about questions concerning interaction between science/scientists and society. Compares these results to similar study done by European Economic Community. Presents priorities for science as students see them, considering sources of these attitudes/opinions and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 11, Grade 9, High Schools
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Kortland, Koos – Science Education, 1996
Assesses students' existing and developing decision-making ability against the background of a normative model of the decision making process. Results indicate that after a unit on household packaging waste the students' arguments about a decision making situation improved in terms of validity and clarity of the criteria used. Contains 16…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communication Skills, Critical Thinking, Decision Making
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Thijs, G. D. – Science Education, 1992
Evaluates the effectiveness of a course using a constructivist approach in reducing Dutch secondary school students (n=190) misconceptions about force. Concluded that the lessons were effective in changing students' ideas in regard to forces in rest situations and frictional forces and that learning effects were equally distributed over student…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Force
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Lijnse, Piet L.; And Others – Science Education, 1990
Described is a Dutch thematics physics curriculum recently developed for the average academic secondary student. Discussed are the structure, contents of units, and systematic units of the curriculum. (CW)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, High Schools