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Kotkas, Tormi; Holbrook, Jack; Rannikmäe, Miia – Science Education International, 2016
This article focuses on concerns related to a lack of students' perception of relevance in school science seen as differing from educators' perception of relevance. In order to determine how relevance is portrayed in teaching and learning materials (TLMs), the titles and introductory texts (scenarios) from 77 TLMs, aiming to induce students'…
Descriptors: Motivation, Science Education, Science Instruction, Instructional Materials
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Valdmann, Ana; Holbrook, Jack; Rannikmae, Miia – Science Education International, 2012
This paper explores the impact of teacher involvement in a context-based teaching project, involving continuous professional development and classroom module implementation two years after the event. Five chemistry and biology teachers were interviewed to ascertain the degree of ownership gained from the project related to continued use of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Science Instruction
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Post, Aveliis; Rannikmae, Miia; Holbrook, Jack – Science Education International, 2011
This study is based on the creation of a theoretical tool for determining competencies and knowledge in science education which stakeholders value as necessary for students to become productive members of the future work force as well as responsible citizens. Stakeholders' opinions (N = 85) were gathered from persons in different walks of life by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Science Education, Scientific Literacy
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Holbrook, Jack – Science Education International, 2010
Historically, science was introduced into the school curriculum to enable students, who were entering university to study science related subjects, to gain some background knowledge before beginning studies at the university level (Fensham, 2008, p 14). Unfortunately this view is still very prevalent among policy-makers and teachers today. And…
Descriptors: Science Education, Role, Scientific Literacy, Academic Standards
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Rannikmae, Miia; Teppo, Moonika; Holbrook, Jack – Science Education International, 2010
This article draws attention to the difference between interest and relevance in science education while recognising both can be considered components of intrinsic motivation--motivation for learning coming from students themselves. Research has shown the importance of intrinsic motivation and this study seeks an approach to enhance this through…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Science Interests, Student Motivation
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Holbrook, Jack – Science Education International, 2009
This paper is intended to stimulate discussion and recommendations related to science and technology education and its role in sustainable development. It puts forward points of view and addresses concerns in science education. The paper recognizes that all in not well within science and technology education and that there are concerns related to…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Sustainable Development, Technology Education, Science Education
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Holbrook, Jack; Rannikmae, Miia; Kask, Klaara – Science Education International, 2008
The PARSEL project was initiated to disseminate teaching modules, based on a philosophical model, which was in line with a need to promote scientific literacy, in a manner considered to be both popular and relevant for students. The project was based on the belief that this approach would allow students to better realize that science was for all,…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Learning Modules, Student Reaction, Relevance (Education)
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Holbrook, Jack; Tenzin, Wangpo – Science Education International, 2002
Describes the structure of science education in Bhutan, a kingdom in the Eastern Himalayas. (YDS)
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Problem Solving, Science Curriculum
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Holbrook, Jack – Science Education International, 2001
Provides a collection of ideas for the promotion of a more relevant and popular science education. Includes professional components and society-needs components. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Relevance (Education), Science and Society
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Holbrook, Jack; Rannikmae, Miia – Science Education International, 1996
Explains the need for scientific and technological literacy, the role of supplementary teaching materials specifically created for this purpose, and the successes and difficulties in creating teaching materials in a workshop. Concludes that science teaching today is not designed to promote literacy and does not assist students in becoming the…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Decision Making Skills, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education
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Holbrook, Jack – Science Education International, 1998
Examines situations in which science impinges on everyday life and in which school science education is of little use. Argues that relevancy goes beyond acquiring knowledge of conceptual understanding. Contains 33 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Elementary Secondary Education, Relevance (Education), Science and Society