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Vazquez-Bernal, Bartolome; Mellado, Vicente; Jimenez-Perez, Roque; Lenero, M. Carmen Taboada – Science Education, 2012
The processes of change in teachers' practice have been the subject of many studies in educational research. We here describe a case study of long duration (in a course of time of 9 years) that has allowed us to gain some insight into how they occur and the underlying obstacles making the processes so slow. We take the professional development of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Longitudinal Studies, Questionnaires
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Pinto, Roser; Couso, Digna; Gutierrez, Rufina – Science Education, 2005
This Spanish contribution to the STTIS (Science Teacher Training in an Information Society) investigations of transformations of curriculum innovations studies the implementation of a particular innovative teaching sequence on energy degradation in Spanish secondary schools. The paper describes the transformations found in teachers'…
Descriptors: Investigations, Science Teachers, Teacher Education, Concept Formation
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Furio, C.; Guisasola, J. – Science Education, 1998
Analyzes students' main difficulties in learning the concept of electric field. Briefly describes the main conceptual profiles within which electric interactions can be interpreted and concludes that most students have difficulty using the idea of electric field. Contains 28 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Electricity, Epistemology
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de Posada, Jose Maria – Science Education, 1999
Describes the results of an analysis of Spanish high school chemistry textbooks (n=58) published from 1974 to 1998 for their treatment of metallic bonding. Reports on what aspects of metallic bonding are usually taught, how it is taught, and the potential that textbooks have to create meaningful learning in students. Contains 104 references.…
Descriptors: Chemical Bonding, Chemistry, Constructivism (Learning), Foreign Countries
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Barbera, Oscar; Zanon, Beatriz; Perez-Pla, Jose Francisco – Science Education, 1999
Reviews 100 years of history and focuses on the relationship between socially controversial biological issues and the decision-making procedures in the construction of the national curriculum. Contains 39 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Biology, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education
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Banet; Enrique; Ayuso, Enrique – Science Education, 2000
Examines the knowledge that secondary school students have concerning some basic aspects related to the location of inheritance information before they are taught about genetics. Discusses the effects of traditional instruction in Spain on students' learning. (Author/CCM)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Foreign Countries, Genetics, Heredity
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Solbes, J.; Vilches, A. – Science Education, 1997
Analyzes the absence of science-technology-society (STS) interactions and its consequences in the basic teaching of science in Spain. Proposes the introduction of STS interactions in physics and chemistry classes in conjunction with the teaching/learning model of science as research. Surveys students 16-18 years of age on their interest in physics…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Constructivism (Learning), Foreign Countries, Physics
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Watson, J. Rod; Prieto, Teresa; Dillon, Justin S. – Science Education, 1997
Reports on a study of 14-15 year old students' ideas about combustion. Describes patterns of students' explanations across a range of questions and analyzes them to gain insight into both the degree of consistency of their explanations and how this may affect the process of conceptual change in the students. (Contains 35 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Chemical Reactions, Concept Formation, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries