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Griffin, Janette – Science Education, 2004
This paper surveys research over the past decade on school group visits to museums. By shifting attention to students' views about field trips, to their socially negotiated learning behaviors during field trips and the interaction between learning in the classroom and in the museum, this research has afforded a deeper understanding of the nature…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Museums, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior
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Korfiatis, Kostas J.; Stamou, Anastasia G.; Paraskevopoulos, Stephanos – Science Education, 2004
In this article, the environmental content of the textbooks used for the teaching of natural sciences in Greek primary schools was examined. Specifically, by employing the method of content analysis, both representational (metaphors, depictions, values, etc.) and cognitive ecological concepts) elements, building images of nature, and shaping our…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Natural Sciences, Content Analysis, Environmental Education
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Schibeci, Renato A.; Hickey, Ruth L. – Science Education, 2004
Professional development (PD) for primary science teachers is recognized as an important activity which can support improved science education for students. Analysis of interviews with practicing primary science teachers is used to identify the range of PD experiences of a sample of teachers from Western Australia. Teachers' reasons for attending…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers
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Shireen Desouza, Josephine M.; Boone, William J.; Yilmaz, Ozgul – Science Education, 2004
Elementary and middle school teachers in urban schools in India provided responses to the science efficacy instrument (STEBI-A). These responses were evaluated using Rasch analysis and parametric tests. Rasch fit statistics and person-item maps were evaluated. It was found that the instrument worked well for the two groups of teachers, but the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Experience, Urban Schools, Science Curriculum
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Ash, Doris – Science Education, 2004
In this paper I focus on the transition from everyday to scientific ways of reasoning, and on the intertwined roles of meaning-making dialogue and science content as they contribute to scientific literacy. I refer to views of science, and how scientific understanding is advanced dialogically, by Hurd (Science Education, 1998, 82, 402-416), Brown…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Social Environment, Scientific Literacy, Informal Education
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Martin, Laura M. W. – Science Education, 2004
In recognition of the fact that science centers and other informal educational institutions can play a role in the reform of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, several major research and professional programs are currently underway. This article discusses one such effort, the Center for Informal Learning and…
Descriptors: Schools, Science Education, Developmental Psychology, Museums
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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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Wood, Terry L.; Wood, William L. – Science Education, 1988
Examines the reading level and potential comprehension level of 10 fourth-grade science textbooks. Reports that there is a great deal of variability between and within the science texts. (YP)
Descriptors: Comprehension, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Grade 4
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Penick, John E.; Yager, Robert E. – Science Education, 1986
Reviews and assesses major crisis conditions in science education. Cites specific findings from key status studies and reports. Proposes that goals be reassessed and that successes in science teaching be measured in terms of such goals. (ML)
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Educational Principles, Objectives, Science Education
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Spector, Barbara S. – Science Education, 1984
Reports and discusses data on incentives being considered to improve the quality and quantity of science in precollege institutions. Incentives (organized into several categories) focus on bringing new individuals into science teaching and upgrading those with science teaching assignments who are not trained to teach science. (JN)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education
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Yager, Robert E.; Zehr, Eric – Science Education, 1985
Surveyed 132 United States graduate programs in science education to determine enrollment trends. Doctoral graduates, science education faculty (number, age, rank, and types of degrees), university financial support, and employment patterns for doctoral graduates are reported for the 35 largest centers. Results indicate much slower growth since…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Educational Trends, Graduate School Faculty, Graduate Study
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Yager, Robert E.; Penick, John E. – Science Education, 1987
Discusses the major crisis points in science education and reviews findings from the major science studies of the 1980's. Contends that cooperative efforts of elementary, secondary, college, university and scientific communities are needed to resolve the crisis. (ML)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Educational Cooperation, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education
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Hermann, Graham D.; Willings, Rex – Science Education, 1980
Investigates some of the evaluation methodologies presently being advocated in assessing the merits of education programs for training science teachers. Questionnaire data from ex-students were used to elicit raw data and an understanding of these data by a newer methodology involving ordering theory. (CS)
Descriptors: College Science, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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Sherwood, Robert D.; Gabel, Dorothy – Science Education, 1980
Evaluates a new course for prospective elementary teachers entitled Basic Science Skills, designed to give students background in science, to show use of science materials and methods, and to promote positive attitudes toward science and science teaching. Math anxiety is suggested as a confounding factor in interpreting the results. (CS)
Descriptors: Anxiety, College Science, Course Evaluation, Elementary School Science
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Okey, James R.; Capie, William – Science Education, 1980
Describes a competency assessment system developed for use with preservice and inservice teachers and reports the reliability and validity of the instrument. Presents data from a tryout of the assessment system with a group of preservice science teachers. (CS)
Descriptors: Competency Based Teacher Education, Evaluation Methods, Minimum Competency Testing, Science Education
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