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McGinnis, J. Randy; McDonald, Chris; Hestness, Emily; Breslyn, Wayne – Science Education International, 2016
This exploratory study investigates what science educators from differing groups (outside of higher education--informal and formal (K-12) and inside of higher education--content and pedagogy experts) believe are the roles and responsibilities (and what actions these might involve) in climate change education for: 1) their group of educators, and…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Role, Teacher Responsibility, Climate
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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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Lee, Carole K.; Shea, Marilyn – Science Education International, 2016
This study examines how pre-service elementary teachers (PSETs) view inquiry-based science learning and teaching, and how the science methods course builds their confidence to teach inquiry science. Most PSETs think that inquiry is asking students questions rather than a formal set of pedagogical tools. In the present study, three groups of PSETs…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Inquiry, Science Instruction
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Cox, M.; Steegen, A.; De Cock, M. – Science Education International, 2016
Where previous studies have shown the existence of misconceptions in astronomy, this research focuses on the level of awareness that teachers have of these misconceptions and the possible strategies they use to change the students' mental models. Through focus group interviews with secondary school teachers and semi-structured interviews with…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts, Astronomy, Qualitative Research
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Sen, Senol; Yilmaz, Ayhan – Science Education International, 2016
The objective of this study is to analyze the relationship between preservice teachers' time and study environment management, effort regulation, self-efficacy beliefs, control of learning beliefs and metacognitive self-regulation. This study also investigates the direct and indirect effects of metacognitive self-regulation on time and study…
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Self Control
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Ates, H.; Saracoglu, M. – Science Education International, 2016
The purpose of this research was to investigate pre-service science teachers' (PST) views about nuclear energy and to examine what effects, if any, of gender and the university of instruction had on their views. Data were collected through the Risks and Benefits about Nuclear Energy Scale (Iseri, 2012). The sample consisted of 214 PSTs who…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Gender Differences, Foreign Countries
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Kapucu, S.; Öçal, M. F.; Simsek, M. – Science Education International, 2016
The purposes of this study were (1) to develop a questionnaire measuring high school students' conceptions of the relationship between mathematics and physics, (2) and to determine the students' conceptions of the relationship between mathematics and physics. A total of 718 high school students (343 male, 375 female) participated in this study.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Test Construction, Questionnaires, High School Students
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Papageorgiou, George; Markos, Angelos; Zarkadis, Nikolaos – Science Education International, 2016
This work investigates the formation of particular student profiles based on of their ideas relating to basic characteristics of the atom. Participants were secondary students of 8th, 10th and 12th grades from Northern Greece (n = 421), with specific cohort characteristics e.g. age, grade and class curriculum, and individual differences, e.g.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Grade 8, Grade 10
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Vieira, Rodrigo Drumond; De Medeiros Dias, Humberto; De Melo, Viviane Florentino; Do Nascimento, Silvania Sousa – Science Education International, 2016
In this article we approach the problem of identification and recognition of argumentation by teacher educators of a physics undergraduate course of a large university in the southeast of Brazil. Our proposed markers criteria, such as "opposing" of ideas and "reciprocal justifications" were partially validated by the…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Teacher Educators
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Bircan, Hasan; Sungur, Semra – Science Education International, 2016
The purpose of this study was to investigate the contribution of the motivational beliefs (self-efficacy and task-value) and cognitive engagement to seventh grade students' science achievement. For the specified purpose, cross-sectional correlational research design was used. The data were gathered from the seventh grade students of public middle…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 7, Student Motivation, Student Attitudes
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McDonald, Christine V. – Science Education International, 2016
Recent global educational initiatives and reforms have focused on increasing the number of students pursuing STEM subjects, and ensuring students are well-prepared, and suitably qualified to engage in STEM careers. This paper examines the contributions of the four disciplines--Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics--to the field of STEM…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Student Interests, Teaching Methods, Scientific Literacy
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Cetin, Pinar Seda; Metin, Duygu; Capkinoglu, Esra; Leblebicioglu, Gulsen – Science Education International, 2016
Providing students with inquiry-oriented learning environments is a major concern in science education. Argumentation discourse can enhance the effectiveness of inquiry-oriented learning environments. This study seeks the trace of argumentation in Turkish Elementary and Secondary Science Curriculum developed by the Turkish Ministry of Education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Curriculum, Persuasive Discourse, Elementary School Science
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Mumba, F.; Banda, A.; Chabalengula, V. M. – Science Education International, 2015
Studies on inquiry-based instruction in inclusive science teaching have mainly focused on elementary and middle school levels. Little is known about inquiry-based instruction in high school inclusive science classes. Yet, such classes have become the norm in high schools, fulfilling the instructional needs of students with mild disabilities. This…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Chemistry, Science Teachers
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Kanli, U. – Science Education International, 2015
This paper presents an analysis of physics teachers' as well as university and high school students' understanding of some astronomy concepts. In recent years, the significance of astronomy teaching in science education has gradually increased. Many research studies indicate that students have misconceptions about the reasons for seasons, the…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Instruction, Multiple Choice Tests, Energy
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Caleon, I. S.; Wui, Ma. G. Lopez; Regaya, Ma. H. P. – Science Education International, 2015
The movement towards the use of the history of science and problem-based approaches in teaching serves as the impetus for this paper. This treatise aims to present and examine episodes in the lives of prominent scientists that can be used as resources by teachers in relation to enhancing students' interest in learning, fostering skills about…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Problem Based Learning, Science Education History, Scientists
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