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Davis, Kate; Fitzgerald, Angela; Power, Margaret; Leach, Tania; Martin, Neil; Piper, Stephanie; Singh, Rena; Dunlop, Shelley – Studies in Science Education, 2023
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) clubs are gaining momentum as a means for engaging students in STEM-related activities. Despite this growth, there have been limited attempts to examine the conditions that inform practice in these informal educational spaces. This paper addresses that gap through a comprehensive literature…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Clubs, Student Organizations, Informal Education
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Eilam, Efrat – Studies in Science Education, 2022
Globally climate change (CC) is scarcely addressed in school curricula, and school graduates are mostly uneducated about climate change. The purpose of this paper is to make a case for conceptualising CC as a discipline, and to further argue why CC should be included in school curricula as a disciplinary-subject. An initial examination of CC in…
Descriptors: Climate, Change, Intellectual Disciplines, Educational Change
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Potvin, Patrice; Hasni, Abdelkrim – Studies in Science Education, 2014
The relationship that exists between students and science and technology (S&T) is a complex and important one. If it is positive, then social, economic and environmental consequences are to be expected. Yet, many problems of interest/motivation/attitude (I/M/A) towards S&T have been recorded. A lot of research has been conducted on this…
Descriptors: Science Education, Technology Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Research
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Abrahams, Ian; Reiss, Michael J.; Sharpe, Rachael M. – Studies in Science Education, 2013
This article reviews how practical work, including practical skills, is currently summatively assessed in school science in a number of countries and makes comparisons with how other subjects, such as music and modern foreign languages, summatively assess skills. Whilst practical skills in school science are clearly valued as being of importance,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Summative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Science Process Skills
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King, Donna – Studies in Science Education, 2012
Context-based chemistry education aims to improve student interest and motivation in chemistry by connecting canonical chemistry concepts with real-world contexts. Implementation of context-based chemistry programmes began 20 years ago in an attempt to make the learning of chemistry meaningful for students. This paper reviews such programmes…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Problem Based Learning, Learning Motivation, Chemistry
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Oliver, Mary – Studies in Science Education, 2011
Advances in neuroscience have brought new insights to the development of cognitive functions. These data are of considerable interest to educators concerned with how students learn. This review documents some of the recent findings in neuroscience, which is richer in describing cognitive functions than affective aspects of learning. A brief…
Descriptors: Brain, Cognitive Processes, Scientific Research, Brain Hemisphere Functions
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Hand, Brian; Yore, Larry D.; Jagger, Susan; Prain, Vaughan – Studies in Science Education, 2010
In the last 15 years (1994-2009), there has been considerable increased research interest in: (1) characterising the distinctive nature and constitutive elements of science literacy and (2) investigating classroom practices or necessary conditions that enable students to acquire this disciplinary capacity. This raises the question of the extent to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Teaching Methods, Comparative Education
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France, Bev – Studies in Science Education, 2007
The first section of this article examines a range of definitions of biotechnology. This analysis demonstrates that teachers' choices will determine their view of biotechnology, as positioned along a traditional-modern, axis, and provides examples of the tensions that these differing positions create. A further section argues that in order for…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Biotechnology, Science Education, Definitions
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Jenkins, Edgar W. – Studies in Science Education, 2006
More recent work has complemented earlier studies of the "student voice" in science education by redirecting research attention to focus more directly on what students think about the form, content and purpose of their school science education and exploring the curriculum and pedagogical implications of the findings. Researchers have…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Science Education, Student Participation, Teaching Methods
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Studies in Science Education, 1980
Lists dissertations submitted for higher degrees in Australia between 1974 and 1979 in science and math education, categorized by these subjects: teaching and learning of science, concept formation, other psychological studies, teaching and learning of mathematics, teacher education, philosophical studies, history of science education, and…
Descriptors: College Science, Doctoral Dissertations, Higher Education, Masters Theses
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Rennie, Leonie J.; McClafferty, Terence P. – Studies in Science Education, 1996
Focuses on the interactive science center and its history over the last four decades. Traces the original idea to Francis Bacon. Recommends the use of cross-site studies to develop a model of learning in this setting. Contains 141 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Exhibits
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Garnett, Patrick J; Garnett, Pamela J.; Hackling, Mark W. – Studies in Science Education, 1995
Provides a comprehensive review of literature regarding misconceptions that are held by secondary students in chemistry. Makes some recommendations based on the research. Contains 77 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Secondary Education
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Jegede, Olugbemiro J. – Studies in Science Education, 1995
Discusses how learning occurs and the role of the learning environment as a source of information. Argues that the culture of the learner has a central role in the learning of science using the traditional world view of African students as an example. Contains 124 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Constructivism (Learning), Cultural Background, Educational Environment
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Northfield, Jeff R. – Studies in Science Education, 1995
Reviews the history of Studies in Science Education and critiques the role of this journal from a personal perspective as well as from knowledge of the Australian context for science education. Discusses directions for the future. Contains 30 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Psychology, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Educational Strategies
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Butler, Jim – Studies in Science Education, 1995
Traces the evolution of science teachers' understandings of the complex process of judging standards of student achievement in Queensland high schools. Contrasts the Queensland system with other systems in Australia. Contains 37 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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