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Patron, Emelie; Wikman, Susanne; Edfors, Inger; Johansson-Cederblad, Brita; Linder, Cedric – Science Education, 2017
Visual representations are essential for communication and meaning-making in chemistry, and thus the representational practices play a vital role in the teaching and learning of chemistry. One powerful contemporary model of classroom learning, the variation theory of learning, posits that the way an object of learning gets handled is another vital…
Descriptors: Visual Stimuli, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Falk, John H.; Dierking, Lynn D.; Osborne, Jonathan; Wenger, Matthew; Dawson, Emily; Wong, Billy – Science Education, 2015
Increasing evidence suggests that individuals develop their understanding of science concepts in and out of school, using varied community resources and networks. Thus in contrast to historic research approaches that focus exclusively on single organizations and/or educational events, the current paper presents exploratory research in which we…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Networks, Educational Quality
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Vogelezang, Michiel; Van Berkel, Berry; Verdonk, Adri – Science Education, 2015
Between 1970 and 1990, the Dutch working group "Empirical Introduction to Chemistry" developed a secondary school chemistry education curriculum based on the educational vision of the mathematicians van Hiele and van Hiele-Geldof. This approach viewed learning as a process in which students must go through discontinuous level transitions…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Qualitative Research, Secondary School Students
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Clark, Douglas B.; Menekse, Muhsin; Ozdemir, Gokhan; D'Angelo, Cynthis M.; Price Schleigh, Sharon – Science Education, 2014
Substantial variation has been observed across an international series of studies examining the consistency of students' explanations of force and the most common meanings of force apparent in those explanations. On the surface, the variations among studies might be attributed to differences at the national level, but the studies also demonstrate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Comparative Analysis
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Roth, Wolff-Michael; Jornet, Alfredo – Science Education, 2014
"Experience" is one of the most used terms in (science) education, and it is recognized as being related to learning (education). Yet "what" experience is and "how" it is related to learning and change remains untheorized. In this paper, we mainly draw on the work of J. Dewey and L. S. Vygotsky but also on M. Bakhtin…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Experience, Philosophy
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Chen, Sufen; Chang, Wen-Hua; Lai, Chih-Hung; Tsai, Cheng-Yue – Science Education, 2014
The purpose of this project was to investigate the effects of virtual versus physical manipulation using a simulation-based laboratory activity (SBL) and a microcomputer-based laboratory activity (MBL). Both the SBL and the MBL used computers to collect, graph, and analyze data. A major difference was that the MBL allowed the students to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Computer Uses in Education, Simulation
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Morin, Olivier; Simonneaux, Laurence; Simmoneaux, Jean; Tytler, Russell; Barraza, Laura – Science Education, 2014
Within the increasing body of research that examines students' reasoning on socioscientific issues, we consider in particular student reasoning concerning acute, open-ended questions that bring out the complexities and uncertainties embedded in ill-structured problems. In this paper, we propose a socioscientific sustainability reasoning…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Web Based Instruction, Cognitive Processes, Logical Thinking
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Garcia-Mila, Merce; Gilabert, Sandra; Erduran, Sibel; Felton, Mark – Science Education, 2013
In argumentative discourse, there are two kinds of activity--dispute and deliberation--that depend on the argumentative task goal. In dispute the goal is to defend a conclusion by undermining alternatives, whereas in deliberation the goal is to arrive at a conclusion by contrasting alternatives. In this study, we examine the impact of these tasks…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Junior High School Students, Discourse Analysis, Energy
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Parker, Joan; Heywood, David – Science Education, 2013
Opportunities for the development of science-related pedagogy during training are necessarily limited for the generalist primary (elementary), preservice teacher. While school placement is an important context within which to develop such professional expertise, the role of institution-based learning is less well understood in this regard. This…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Reflection
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Lee, Min-Hsien; Lin, Tzung-Jin; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Science Education, 2013
Classroom assessment is a critical aspect of teaching and learning. In this paper, Taiwanese high school students' conceptions of science assessment and the relationship between their conceptions of science assessment and of science learning were investigated. The study used both qualitative and quantitative methods. First, 60 students were…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Student Evaluation, Concept Formation
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Siry, Christina; Ziegler, Gudrun; Max, Charles – Science Education, 2012
This research investigates the interconnectedness of scientific inquiring at the early childhood level, as we explore the discourse-in-interaction processes occurring within small inquiry groups of 5- and 6-year-old children. The rationale behind this research is to explore the nature of science-related discourse, and to that end, this work…
Descriptors: Interaction, Socialization, Young Children, Inquiry
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Bivall, Petter; Ainsworth, Shaaron; Tibell, Lena A. E. – Science Education, 2011
This study explored whether adding a haptic interface (that provides users with somatosensory information about virtual objects by force and tactile feedback) to a three-dimensional (3D) chemical model enhanced students' understanding of complex molecular interactions. Two modes of the model were compared in a between-groups pre- and posttest…
Descriptors: Molecular Structure, Science Instruction, Tactual Perception, Educational Technology
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Lidar, Malena; Almqvist, Jonas; Ostman, Leif – Science Education, 2010
During the past few decades, researchers from a cognitive science tradition and a sociocultural perspective on learning have discussed how to understand students' conceptions of the earth. In this article, some of the questions discussed in this debate are elaborated in relation to meaning making in educational settings. The aim is to illustrate…
Descriptors: Sociocultural Patterns, Cognitive Psychology, Grade 5, Epistemology
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Jakobsson, Anders; Makitalo, Asa; Saljo, Roger – Science Education, 2009
Much of the research on students' understanding of the greenhouse effect and global warming reports poor results. Students are claimed to hold misconceptions and naive beliefs, and the impact of teaching on their conceptions is also low. In the present study, these results are called into question, and it is argued that they may to a large extent…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Climate, Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts
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Hamza, Karim M.; Wickman, Per-Olof – Science Education, 2009
Students' difficulties with learning science have generally been framed in terms of their generalized conceptual knowledge of a science topic as elicited through their explanations of natural phenomena. In this paper, we empirically explore what more goes into giving a scientific account of a natural phenomenon than giving such generalized…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Scientific Concepts, Chemistry
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