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Stocklmayer, Susan M.; Rennie, Leonie J.; Gilbert, John K. – Studies in Science Education, 2010
For many years, formal school science education has been criticised by students, teachers, parents and employers throughout the world. This article presents an argument that a greater collaboration between the formal and the informal sector could address some of these criticisms. The causes for concern about formal science education are summarised…
Descriptors: Science Education, Partnerships in Education, Educational Improvement, Institutional Role
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Roth, Wolff-Michael; Lee, Yew-Jin; Hsu, Pei-Ling – Studies in Science Education, 2009
Cultural-historical activity theory, an outcrop of socio-psychological approaches toward human development, has enjoyed tremendous growth over the past two decades but has yet to be appropriated into science education to any large extent. In part, the difficulties Western scholars have had in adopting this framework arise from its ontology, which…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Teaching Methods, Transformative Learning
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Kind, Vanessa – Studies in Science Education, 2009
Pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), since its inception as teacher-specific professional knowledge, has been researched extensively. Drawing on a wide range of literature, this paper seeks to clarify how the potential offered by PCK could be utilised to further develop science teacher education. An analysis of PCK models proposed by various…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Science Education, Teacher Education
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Christensen, Clare – Studies in Science Education, 2009
In this paper I consider a role for risk understanding in school science education. Grounds for this role are described in terms of current sociological analyses of the contemporary world as a "risk society" and recent public understanding of science studies where science and risk are concerns commonly linked within the wider community. These…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Decision Making, Science Teachers, Scientific Literacy
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Donnelly, James – Studies in Science Education, 2009
This article reviews an important but neglected area of the science curriculum: connections with work and the workplace. The first section offers some historical background, arguing that economic and practical relevance has from the beginning been an important theme within science education. The article then undertakes a broader exploration of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Science Curriculum, Educational Research
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Sadler, Troy D. – Studies in Science Education, 2009
This paper presents situated learning as a theoretical framework for conceptualising new ways to approach science education. Key constructs associated with this framework, including communities of practice, Discourse and identity, are introduced. I advance an argument to develop classroom communities of practice based on engaged citizenship…
Descriptors: Investigations, Scientific Principles, Student Development, Science Education
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Shanahan, Marie-Claire – Studies in Science Education, 2009
This paper explores the ways in which the concept of identity has been conceptualised and studied within science education. The Personality and Social Structure Perspective is used to examine the attention paid by researchers to three levels of identity analysis: "personality", "interaction" and "social structure". Tracing the development of…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Educational Environment, Social Structure, Personality
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Jenkins, Edgar W. – Studies in Science Education, 2009
This paper offers a commentary upon a number of recent documents from different countries concerned with the reform of school science education. It identifies and considers in turn four issues drawn from the documents: the way in which science is defined; the reference to science as a whole rather than as discrete disciplines; the nature of…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Scientific Principles, Educational Change, Science Education
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Gorard, Stephen; See, Beng Huat – Studies in Science Education, 2009
In this paper we combine the findings from two recent studies relating to participation and attainment in school science --a re-analysis of existing official data for England and a review of wider international research evidence in the literature relevant to the UK. Although the secondary data are drawn mainly from England, the comprehensiveness…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Socioeconomic Status, Economic Status, Foreign Countries
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Bliss, Joan – Studies in Science Education, 2008
This paper reports on a programme of research carried out over a period of twenty years by Joan Bliss, Jon Ogborn and others, and aimed at understanding how pupils and students reason about the everyday physical world. Our starting point was the science alternative conceptions literature, particularly force and motion, where the results puzzled…
Descriptors: Children, Thinking Skills, Scientific Concepts, Physics
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Mulholland, Judith; Wallace, John – Studies in Science Education, 2008
In this article we review the notion of teacher knowledge from four metaphorical standpoints--teacher knowledge as "computer", as "craft", as "complexity" and as "change". We employ each of these metaphors to examine and analyse the work of one teacher of science. We draw implications from our analysis for teacher education, teacher development…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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OStergaard, Edvin; Dahlin, Bo; Hugo, Aksel – Studies in Science Education, 2008
This article is a review of applications of phenomenology, as a philosophy of knowledge and qualitative research approach, to the field of science education (SE). The purpose is to give an overview of work that has been done as well as to assess it and discuss its possibilities of future development. We ask: what attempts for connecting…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Phenomenology, Science Education, Literature Reviews
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King, Chris – Studies in Science Education, 2008
Geoscience educational publications are reviewed in seven areas to identify future directions for curriculum development, professional development and research. The review shows that: effective teaching methods encompassing broad geoscience study still need extensive research; whilst some valuable materials have been developed for the teaching of…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Earth Science, Professional Development, Misconceptions
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Rudolph, John L. – Studies in Science Education, 2008
This article surveys historical scholarship on science education over the last 15 years and lays out a map of the different approaches to writing about this topic found in a variety of disciplines and fields. The hope is to provide scholars interested in science education past and present a better understanding of how this enterprise has…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Education History, Intellectual History, Bibliometrics
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Reiss, Michael J. – Studies in Science Education, 2008
I begin by examining the natures of science and religion before looking at the ways in which they relate to one another. I then look at a number of case studies that centre on the relationships between science and religion, including attempts to find mechanisms for divine action in quantum theory and chaos theory, creationism, genetic engineering…
Descriptors: Religion, Quantum Mechanics, Genetics, Science Education
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