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Gulacar, Ozcan; Bowman, Charles R.; Feakes, Debra A. – Science Education International, 2013
The problem-solving strategies of students enrolled in general chemistry courses have been the subject of numerous research investigations. In most cases, the investigators were interested in the specific areas or concepts that posed the greatest difficulty to a student's success in achieving the correct answer. However, the investigation reported…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, College Students, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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McDonald, Christine V. – Science Education International, 2013
This study assessed the quality of preservice primary teachers' written arguments in an open inquiry laboratory task. An analysis of the features of the laboratory task was also undertaken to ascertain the characteristics of the task that facilitated or constrained the development of participants' written arguments. Australian preservice primary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Persuasive Discourse
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Hart, Emily R.; Webb, James B.; Danylchuk, Andy J. – Science Education International, 2013
Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture and hydroponic technology to grow fish and plants together. While aquaponics can play a role in food security, it may also be a potential educational tool because of its interdisciplinary nature and required technological skills. With aquaponics, students could conduct activities involving chemistry,…
Descriptors: Agriculture, Water, Interdisciplinary Approach, Science Education
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Kim, Minkee; Cavas, Bulent – Science Education International, 2013
As a key to decide a success or risk of a community of practice, legitimacy of a participant has been conceptually discussed in abundant theoretical literature. Achieving legitimacy is interpreted as gaining credibility from peers, enlarging divisions of labor in a social environment, collecting reinforcement from colleague teachers in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Communities of Practice, Social Networks
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Cavas, Pinar Huyuguzel; Ozdem, Yasemin; Cavas, Bulent; Cakiroglu, Jale; Ertepinar, Hamide – Science Education International, 2013
In order to educate elementary students scientifically literate as expected in the science curricula in many countries around the world, science teachers need to be equipped with the diverse aspects of scientific literacy. This study investigates whether pre-service elementary science teachers at universities in Turkey have a satisfactory level of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Attitudes, Preservice Teachers
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Kim, Heung-Tae; Kim, Jae Geun – Science Education International, 2013
Although bioaccumulation-related concepts are important scientific knowledge, a study on whether high school textbooks include appropriate explanations has not been conducted. The present study investigated science and biology textbooks from Korea, Japan, and the U.S., focusing on how bioaccumulation-related concepts were defined, what types of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Science, High Schools, Textbooks
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Sexton, Steven S.; Atkinson, Joy; Goodson, Richard – Science Education International, 2013
Over the past decade, there has been a significant reduction for New Zealand initial teacher education student teachers to experience education through a science context. This paper presents the stories of two graduates from a large New Zealand university and their journeys into the classroom. Richard graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Beginning Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education
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Turkmen, Lutfullah – Science Education International, 2013
The purpose of this study is to reveal Turkish elementary teachers' and science teachers' attitudes toward science and science teaching. The sample of the study, 138 in-service elementary level science teachers from a province of Turkey, was selected by a clustered sampling method. The Science Teaching Attitude Scale-II was employed to measure the…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction
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Tanel, Zafer – Science Education International, 2013
This study examined the effect of learning the history of physics on the epistemological beliefs of pre-service physics teachers. The research was conducted with 25 pre-service physics teachers using a single-group pre-test/post-test experimental model. The quantitative data of the research were collected using the Turkish version of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science History, Physics, Science Education
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Feldman, Allan; Chapman, Angela; Vernaza-Hernandez, Vanessa; Ozalp, Dilek; Alshehri, Fayez – Science Education International, 2012
The article provides the basis for a model of inquiry-based science education in which K-12 teachers' and pupils' engage in authentic science experiences as participants of a scientific research project, which we refer to as Multiple Outcome Interdisciplinary Research and Learning (MOIRL). We provide the basis for the model for inquiry based…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Science Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Gafoor, K. Abdul; Narayan, Smitha – Science Education International, 2012
In view of student shift away from science at advanced levels, and gender and locale based divergence in interest in studying physics, chemistry and biology, this study explores experience categories that significantly contribute to interest in science on a sample of upper primary school students from Kerala, India. A series of multiple regression…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Science Education, Science Interests
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Gabrielson, Curtis A.; Hsi, Sherry – Science Education International, 2012
This paper articulates and illustrates design principles that guided the development of a set of hands-on teaching activities for the national science and mathematics curricula at junior-high and high-school level education in Timor-Leste, a small, low-income nation in Southeast Asia. A partnership between a university, an international science…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Curriculum, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Mathematics
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Al-Balushi, Sulaiman M.; Ambusaidi, Abdullah K.; Al-Shuaili, Ali H.; Taylor, Neil – Science Education International, 2012
The current study, undertaken in the Sultanate of Oman, explored twelfth grade students' common misconceptions in seven chemistry conceptual areas. The sample included 786 twelfth grade students in Oman while the instrument was a two-tier test called Chemistry Misconceptions Diagnostic Test (CMDT), consisting of 25 items with 12 items…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Foreign Countries, Misconceptions, Grade 12
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Yang, Li-Ling; Soprano, Kristina; McAllister, Meredith – Science Education International, 2012
The overarching goal of this study is to examine what is considered most important regarding the depth, breadth and content of space science concepts as reflected in current national science education standards and science curricula in Taiwan and the US. Major findings of this study conclude that many skills and concepts articulated in the…
Descriptors: Science Education, Space Sciences, Foreign Countries, Grouping (Instructional Purposes)
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Tekes, Hanife; Gonen, Selahattin – Science Education International, 2012
The purpose of the present study was to examine how the use of V-diagrams one of the learning techniques used in laboratory studies in experiments conducted regarding the 10th grade lesson unit of "waves" influenced students' achievements. In the study, a quasi-experimental design with a pretest and posttest control group was used. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Grade 10, Visual Aids
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