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Liu, Xiufeng; Lesniak, Kathleen M. – Science Education, 2005
Using the US national sample from the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Rasch modeling method, this study identified the conceptual progression sequence of various matter concept aspects, and compared students' latent abilities against the sequence. We found that the four matter aspects, i.e. conservation, physical…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Elementary Secondary Education, Models, Conservation (Concept)
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Eick, Charles; Dias, Michael – Science Education, 2005
Secondary science methods students' thinking on coteaching practice was studied for the development of conscious elements of practical teacher knowledge supporting the use of structured inquiry. Reflective dialogue on practice in an electronic forum was analyzed for elements of formal learning and biography (past and present) that informed…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students, Teaching Methods, Inquiry
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Varelas, Maria; House, Roger; Wenzel, Stacy – Science Education, 2005
We use identity as a multidimensional lens to explore ways in which beginning teachers saw themselves as scientists and as science teachers during and after 10-week summer apprenticeships at a science lab. Data included four interviews with each teacher, three during the apprenticeship and one after the first year of teaching. Two themes emerged…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Scientists, Speech Acts, Conflict
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Norris, Stephen P.; Guilbert, Sandra M.; Smith, Martha L.; Hakimelahi, Shahram; Phillips, Linda M. – Science Education, 2005
This paper deals with a number of conceptual and theoretical issues that underlie the proposal to employ narrative explanations in science education: What is narrative? What is explanation? and What is narrative explanation? In answering these questions, we develop a framework of narrative elements and characteristics of narrative explanations.…
Descriptors: Narration, Science Education, Science Instruction, Theory Practice Relationship
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Roth, Wolff-Michael; Tobin, Kenneth; Carambo, Cristobal; Dalland, Chris – Science Education, 2005
In coteaching, two or more teachers take collective responsibility for enacting a curriculum together with their students. Past research provided some indication that in the course of coteaching, not only the teaching practices of the partners become increasingly alike but also do unconsciously produced ways of moving about the classroom, hand…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Nonverbal Communication, Team Teaching, Teacher Collaboration
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Chang, Chun-Yen; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Science Education, 2005
This evaluation study investigated the effects of a teacher-centered versus student-centered computer-assisted instruction (CAI) on 10th graders' earth science student learning outcomes. This study also explored whether the effects of different forms of computer-assisted instruction (CAI) on student learning outcomes were influenced by student…
Descriptors: Grade 10, Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, Educational Environment
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Volkmann, Mark J., Abell, Sandra K.; Zgagacz, Marta – Science Education, 2005
The purpose of this study was to understand how the professor, teaching assistant, and students experienced inquiry-based science instruction in an undergraduate physics course designed for elementary education majors. During the teaching of a 6-week electricity unit, the professor faced several challenges: knowing when and how to tell the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Education Majors, Elementary Education, Teaching Assistants
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Kisiel, James – Science Education, 2005
This investigation sought to identify the motivations that comprise teachers' agendas when leading student fieldtrips to science museums or similar sites. A survey distributed to upper elementary teachers resulted in a variety of open-ended responses that were analyzed and coded to identify recurring themes. In addition, ten teachers planning to…
Descriptors: Teacher Motivation, Field Trips, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teaching Centers
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Laugksch, Rudiger C. – Science Education, 2005
This analysis of research conducted by graduate students at South African universities over the last 70 years is an attempt to identify the foci of South African science education research. Appropriate graduate degrees were systematically identified by interrogating electronic databases and verifying details. Title and abstract were then used to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Science Education, Graduate Study
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Wei, Bing; Thomas, Gregory P. – Science Education, 2005
Taking the Junior Secondary School Chemistry Curriculum (JSSCC) in the People's Republic of China as a case, this paper approaches the issue of the tension between elite and future citizenry orientations in science curriculum. The changes in the JSSCC over the period from 1978 to 2001 are explained from three viewpoints: sociopolitical,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Curriculum, Chemistry, Curriculum Development
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Santos, Silvana; Bizzo, Nelio – Science Education, 2005
This study focuses on everyday or lay understandings of inheritance. In the northeastern Brazil, 100 individuals were interviewed in order to describe how they explain the origin of genetic disorders affecting their relatives for several generations. There were involved 60 individuals from a large consanguineous family with many members affected…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Family (Sociological Unit), Genetics
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Tobin, Kenneth – Science Education, 2005
The study examines how social and cultural factors mediate the teaching and learning of science in an Australian high school. Grade 10 students, many of them new migrants, often transient and from circumstances of economic hardship, were taught a 5-week unit on chemistry by a teacher with social and cultural histories similar to those of most of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 10, Teaching Methods, Laboratories
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Sandoval, William A. – Science Education, 2005
It has long been a goal of science education in the United States that students leave school with a robust understanding of the nature of science. Decades of research show that this does not happen. Inquiry-based instruction is advocated as a means for developing such understanding, although there is scant direct evidence that it does. There is a…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Education, Epistemology, Inquiry
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Hudson, Peter; Skamp, Keith; Brooks, Lyndon – Science Education, 2005
Perceptions of mentors' practices related to primary science teaching from nine Australian universities (N = 331 final-year preservice teachers) were gathered through a literature-based instrument. Five factors that characterize effective mentoring practices in primary science teaching were supported by confirmatory factory analysis. These…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Test Reliability, Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Hofstein, Avi; Lunetta, Vincent N. – Science Education, 2004
The laboratory has been given a central and distinctive role in science education, and science educators have suggested that rich benefits in learning accrue from using laboratory activities. Twenty years have been elapsed since we published a frequently cited, critical review of the research on the school science laboratory (Hofstein & Lunetta,…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Laboratories, Science Experiments, Laboratory Experiments
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