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Levinson, Ralph; Kent, Phillip; Pratt, David; Kapadia, Ramesh; Yogui, Cristina – Science Education, 2012
Risk has now become a feature of science curricula in many industrialized countries. While risk is conceptualized within a number of different theoretical frameworks, the predominant model used in examination specifications is a utility model in which risk calculations are deemed to be objective through technical expert assessment and where the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Decision Making, Cultural Influences
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Stylianidou, Fani; Boohan, Richard; Ogborn, Jon – Science Education, 2005
This paper, from the UK group in the STTIS (Science Teacher Training in an Information Society) project, describes research into the nature of teachers' transformations of computer modeling, and the development of related teacher training materials. Eight teacher case studies help to identify factors that favor or hinder the take-up of innovative…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Visualization, Foreign Countries, Computer Uses in Education
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Taber, Keith S. – Science Education, 2003
This paper describes the conceptualizations, or mental models, of the nature of the bonding and structure of metals of a group of U.K. college students. It is suggested that these mental models may be understood in terms of the students' prior learning about covalent and ionic bonding, and the prevalence of a common alternative conceptual…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Gilbert, John; Priest, Mary – Science Education, 1997
A critical incident approach was used to analyze the discourse which took place during a visit by a class of 8- and 9-year olds to a gallery concerned with food at the Science Museum in London. Data collection, analysis, and interpretation are discussed. Suggests that a critical incident approach may be more generally helpful in analyzing the…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Critical Incidents Method, Discourse Analysis, Elementary Education