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Hewson, Peter W.; Tabachnick, B. Robert; Zeichner, Kenneth M.; Lemberger, John – Science Education, 1999
Summarizes a complex study of a science-teacher-education program whose goal was to graduate teachers who held conceptual change conceptions of teaching science and were disposed to put hem into practice. Concludes that there are influences on prospective teachers from their content coursework that have significant implications for how they view…
Descriptors: Action Research, Biology, Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Secondary Education
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Klopfer, Lopold E., Ed. – Science Education, 1991
This special journal issue presents a review of science education research in 1989. This summary of research is organized around 14 themes: achievement in science, affect, classroom interactions, cognitive processes, computers, curriculum, instruction, legislation and policy, misconceptions, scientific literacy, teachers, tests and assessments,…
Descriptors: Attitudes, Concept Formation, Disabilities, Educational Assessment
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Tobin, Kenneth – Science Education, 1985
Describes strategy analysis procedures which enable preservice teachers to implement science lesson segments in a manner that was consistent with strategies incorporated into science teaching models. Conformity to the model was uniformly high for phases related to preparing the learner, investigation planning, and data processing. (JN)
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education, Methods Courses
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Hassan, Abdel Moneim Ahmed; Shrigley, Robert L. – Science Education, 1985
Determined if a written, persuasive communication would positively affect the attitudes of preservice teachers (N=98) and if the communication would differently affect subjects rated on three levels of self-esteem. Results indicate written persuasive communication could change the attitudes of the preservice elementary teachers in this study. (JN)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Chemistry, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers
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Olstad, Roger G.; Haury, David L. – Science Education, 1984
Reviews and analyzes science education research completed in 1982. Areas considered include: student and teacher characteristics and behavior; instructional strategies and environment; instructional materials and technology; curricula and programs; teacher education; research and evaluation practices; and science education policy and practice. (JN)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Research Methodology, Science Curriculum
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Miller, Ralph M. – Science Education, 1984
Discusses reasons why good teaching of science is indispensible to the education of people to continue their quest for a more meaningful and more benevolent life. Areas explored include the role of science, misuses of science, and "science" in Verlikovsky's "Worlds in Collision" and Von Daniken's "Chariots of the…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Higher Education
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Zeidler, Dana L. – Science Education, 1984
Develops a more thorough rationale for the implementation of an interdisciplinary approach to science education. This rationale entails arguments stressing the need for education reform and summarizes the most viable approaches and important considerations in responding to that need. (JN)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Moral Issues
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Chen, David; Novik, Ruth – Science Education, 1984
Develops the thesis that science education should be extended beyond the scope of scientific discipline to its applied aspects, namely, technology and its interphase with society. Suggests that curricula be developed which fosters scientific and technological literacy for all students. (JN)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education
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Brumby, Margaret N. – Science Education, 1984
Examined Australian medical school students' (N=150) conceptual frameworks and reasoning patterns related to natural selection. Results indicate that the majority believed that evolutionary changes occur as a result of need. Implications related to student learning and to science and medical education are considered. (JN)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Concept Formation, Evolution
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Zeitler, W. R. – Science Education, 1984
A nine-item questionnaire was used to obtain information from 229 preservice elementary teachers on secondary and college science courses completed, their conception of the purposes of elementary school science, and their concerns about teaching children science. Implications for preparing elementary teachers to teach science are addressed. (JN)
Descriptors: Educational Background, Elementary School Science, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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Garnett, Patrick J.; Tobin, Kenneth – Science Education, 1984
Determined that the majority of 299 preservice teachers did not use formal reasoning patterns when they attempted to solve a variety of problems. Results obtained for controlling variables and for proportional, probabilistic, correlational, and combinatorial reasoning are discussed with implications for middle/junior high school science teaching.…
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Higher Education
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Shrigley, Robert L. – Science Education, 1983
Reviews sociopsychological literature as a means of defining attitude. Several explicit subcomponents (key elements) of the attitude concept were generated. This composite definition was used to generate conceptually sound approaches to research design and attitude measurement in science education and, in particular, science teacher education. (JN)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Osborne, R. J.; Wittrock, M. C. – Science Education, 1983
The generative learning model is explored and linked to recent science education research findings. The implications of the model for the teaching and learning of science, the training of science teachers, and science educational research are discussed. (JN)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education
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Mayer, Richard E. – Science Education, 1983
Discusses five instructional strategies for increasing the meaningfulness of technical or scientific information. These include organization of prose, use of concrete analogies as advance organizers, use of inserted questions in prose, elaboration activities such as note-taking and discovery learning. (JN)
Descriptors: Advance Organizers, Cognitive Processes, College Science, Discovery Learning
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Maloney, David P. – Science Education, 1983
Examined relation between college students' (N=108) ability to solve simple ratio tasks (for example, their proportional reasoning patterns) and their rule-governed behavior with the balance beam. Also identified modifications in a set of rules for the balance beam tasks. Results and implications for science instruction are discussed. (JN)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, College Science, Higher Education
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