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Mensan, Tracy; Osman, Kamisah; Majid, Nazatul Aini Abdul – Science Education International, 2020
Computational thinking (CT) is increasingly acknowledged as an essential skill to solve problems interdisciplinary. This paper describes the development and validation of the unplugged activity of CT in science (ACTS) module, which is specifically designed to integrate CT. The present study was conducted in five phases: Phase I was composed of…
Descriptors: Learning Modules, Elementary School Science, Scientific Concepts, Content Validity
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Ong, Eng Tek; Luo, Xingkai; Yuan, Jing; Yingprayoon, Janchai – Science Education International, 2020
This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of a professional development program on the use of a STEM-based 5E Inquiry Learning Model in enhancing the learning of STEM-based Inquiry Learning Model among 78 in- and pre-service science teachers. The topic electric circuit was used as the context of the study. Given the aim and the exploratory…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, STEM Education, Active Learning
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Seneviratne, Kumudu; Hamid, Junainah Abd; Khatibi, Ali; Azam, Ferdous; Sudasinghe, Sepali – Science Education International, 2019
A teacher's receptivity to inquiry-based instruction is varied due to teacher self-efficacy which invariably affected by his or her immediate professional environment. This study examined how professional development (PD) designs affect in-service teachers' efficacy beliefs to teach inquiry science. This investigation had three objectives: (a)…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Self Efficacy, Teacher Effectiveness
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Hafizoglu, Aslihan; Yerdelen, Sundus – Science Education International, 2019
The purpose of this study was to investigate the mediating role of 7th grade students' motivation toward learning science in the relationship between their science learning environment perceptions and science achievement. The correlational research design was utilized in this study and data were collected from 922 7th grade students using…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Student Motivation, Science Instruction, Science Achievement
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Das, Pabi Maya; Faikhamta, Chatree; Punsuvon, Vittaya – Science Education International, 2018
This study investigated the development of Bhutanese students' views of the nature of science (NOS) as they engaged in an explicit and reflective approach. Seven aspects of NOS were integrated into the chemistry content in two learning units titled "matter and its composition" and "study of gas laws" over a time span of 6 weeks…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 9, Secondary School Students, Scientific Principles
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Uçar, Murat Berat; Sahin, Elvan – Science Education International, 2018
This quantitative study aimed to examine Turkish pre-service science teachers' beliefs regarding the demarcating between science and pseudoscience. Participants completed the Science and Pseudoscience Distinction Scale. Data collected from the 123 pre-service science teachers were examined based on the dimensions of the instrument, namely science…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes
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Kalathaki, Maria – Science Education International, 2017
School projects of environmental education promote discovery learning, through teamwork, by involving local communities, scientists, organizations, authorities, and bodies and are carried out largely online in virtual environments. This research aimed to identify and highlight those characteristics of local communities that can be exploited by…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, School Community Programs, Sustainable Development, Evaluation Methods
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Gkouskou, Eirini; Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale – Science Education International, 2017
?he nature of scientific research goes beyond the learning of concepts and basic manipulation to the key factors of engaging students in identifying relevant evidence and reflecting on its interpretation. It is argued that young children have the ability to acquire viable, realistic concepts of the living world when involved in relevant activities…
Descriptors: Observational Learning, Scientific Research, Museums, Pretests Posttests
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Ahokoski, Essi; Korventausta, Miikka; Veermans, Koen; Jaakkola, Tomi – Science Education International, 2017
This paper reports outcomes of a 2-day inquiry learning training course for in-service teachers (N=102) with a specific focus on teachers' self-efficacy beliefs, perceptions of inquiry learning, and satisfaction with the training course. Teachers' self-efficacy and their perceptions of inquiry learning were measured both at the beginning and at…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Inservice Teacher Education, Self Efficacy, Pretests Posttests
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Filippi, Alyssa; Agarwal, Dipali – Science Education International, 2017
There is a need for individuals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers to drive the innovation and research potential of Europe. Yet, there is expected to be a decrease in the number of STEM professionals, as there is less student interest in STEM fields of the study. Studies show that STEM classes that focus on…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Inquiry, Science Education, Teaching Methods
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De Vries, Bregje; Schouwenaars, Ilona; Stokhof, Harry – Science Education International, 2017
The Ark of Inquiry seeks to support inquiry-based science education (IBSE) in different countries and school systems across Europe by teachers that may differ in light of their prior experiences with IBSE. Given the differences, the assumption is that teachers need to make adaptations to the approach and materials of the Ark of Inquiry. This study…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Education, Teaching Methods, Lesson Plans
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Bardone, Emanuele; Burget, Mirjam; Saage, Katrin; Taaler, Maarja – Science Education International, 2017
Originally introduced in several policy documents issued by different institutions belonging to the European Union (EU), the term responsible research and innovation (hereafter RRI) has gained considerable attention in recent years among researchers coming from different backgrounds and disciplines. RRI constitutes an attempt to articulate a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Science Teachers
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Silm, Gerli; Tiitsaar, Kai; Pedaste, Margus; Zacharia, Zacharias C.; Papaevripidou, Marios – Science Education International, 2017
The use of inquiry-based learning (IBL) is encouraged in schools, as it has been shown to be an effective method for raising students' motivation in STEM subjects and increasing their understanding of scientific concepts. Nevertheless, IBL is not very often used in classrooms by teachers due to different (perceived) obstacles. Within the Ark of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Self Efficacy, Teacher Attitudes
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Papaevripidou, Marios; Irakleous, Maria; Zacharia, Zacharias C. – Science Education International, 2017
The study aimed at examining preservice elementary teachers' inquiry-oriented curriculum materials in an attempt to unravel their pedagogical design capacity (PDC) and pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) for inquiry-based learning (IBL), after attending a professional development program (PDP) centered around inquiry-based teaching and learning.…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Qureshi, Sheila; Bradley, Katherine; Vishnumolakala, Venkat Rao; Treagust, David F.; Southam, Daniel C.; Mocerino, Mauro; Ojeil, Joseph – Science Education International, 2016
The Qatari government has made significant changes in the organization and staffing of schools over the past decade in an effort to improve the academic performance of school-aged citizens. Of interest is the need to encourage teachers to move from a didactic teacher-led mode of instruction to one that is more student-centred, but also…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Student Centered Learning, Critical Thinking, College Science
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