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Raveendran, Aswathy – Science Education, 2021
The political nature of socioscientific controversies becomes starkly apparent in countries of the Global South where science and technology are embedded in societies characterized by pervasive structural inequalities which, in part, were created by the Global North. This article presents empirical work from the standpoint of a critical science…
Descriptors: Political Issues, Ethics, Science and Society, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Means, Barbara; Wang, Haiwen; Wei, Xin; Lynch, Sharon; Peters, Vanessa; Young, Viki; Allen, Carrie – Science Education, 2017
Inclusive STEM high schools (ISHSs) (where STEM is science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) admit students on the basis of interest rather than competitive examination. This study examines the central assumption behind these schools--that they provide students from subgroups underrepresented in STEM with experiences that equip them…
Descriptors: STEM Education, High Schools, High School Students, Hierarchical Linear Modeling
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Skamp, Keith; Boyes, Eddie; Stanisstreet, Martin – Science Education, 2013
Science educators have a key role in empowering students to take action to reduce global warming. This involves assisting students to understand its causes as well as taking pedagogical decisions that have optimal probabilities of leading to students being motivated to take actions based on empirically based science beliefs. To this end New South…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students
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Herman, Benjamin C.; Clough, Michael P.; Olson, Joanne K. – Science Education, 2013
Few, if any, studies have examined the impact of nature of science (NOS) instruction on science teachers' practices 2 or more years after completing a science teacher education program. Extant studies on preservice and first-year teachers' NOS teaching practices have had disappointing results, with few teachers valuing NOS as a cognitive objective…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Melville, Wayne; Bartley, Anthony – Science Education, 2013
In this article, we use a narrative methodology to understand the work of three teachers who have constituted identities that have allowed them to challenge the contemporary discourse of science education. We describe how teachers' evolving identities have been constituted through their responses to the discourses and situations of their work and…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Research Methodology, Teacher Attitudes, Self Concept
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Baldwin, Julie A.; Ebert-May, Diane; Burns, Dennis J. – Science Education, 1999
Reports on the construction and validation of the Biology Self-Efficacy Scale (BSES) which measures three components of biological literacy: (1) methods of biology; (2) generalization to other science courses and analyzing data; and (3) application of biological concepts and skills. Suggests using the instrument as a pre- and post-course indicator…
Descriptors: Biology, Higher Education, Nonmajors, Reliability
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Demastes, Sherry S.; And Others – Science Education, 1995
Using conceptual change as theoretical lens, describes the structure of (n=4) learners' conceptual ecology within biological evolution and illustrates how this ecology influences the process of conceptual change. Prior conceptions relate to evolutionary theory, scientific and religious orientations, view of biological world, and acceptance of…
Descriptors: Biology, Cognitive Structures, Concept Formation, Evolution
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Hasan, Omar E. – Science Education, 1985
Determined the influence of selected instructional, student, and home variables on 11th grade Jordanian students' (N=313) attitudes toward science. Attitudes were measured with an instrument constructed by the author utilizing the Thurstone-Chave Technique. Student's perception of science ability was found to be the only variable affecting…
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Grade 11, Performance Factors, Science Education
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Fraser, Barry J.; And Others – Science Education, 1993
Describes the development of the Science Laboratory Environment Inventory (SLEI) instrument for assessing perceptions of the psychosocial environment in science laboratory classrooms, and reports validation information for samples of senior high school students from six different countries. The SLEI assesses five dimensions of the actual and…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Science Education
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Pomeroy, Deborah – Science Education, 1993
Seeks to identify the differences that may exist between teachers' and research scientists' perceptions of the nature of science, scientific method, and related aspects of science education. Suggests that the differences recognized may be the result of three factors: (1) processes of teachers' construction of their knowledge about how children…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Research, Elementary School Teachers
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Kruger, C.; And Others – Science Education, 1992
Survey results contrast teachers' (n=159) knowledge and understanding with the understanding levels expected by England's science National Curriculum. Teacher's understanding with respect to the concepts of force, energy, and changes in materials are discussed. (Contains 29 references.) (MDH)
Descriptors: British National Curriculum, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Energy
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Zoller, U. – Science Education, 1992
Examined three teaching evaluation questionnaires from two foreign universities to determine the universality of staff teaching performance criteria. Concluded that questionnaires be designed in accordance with specific course objectives and that standard deviations of the questionnaire scores rather than average scores may be more informative…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Cross Cultural Studies, Evaluation Criteria, Foreign Countries