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Taber, Keith S. – Studies in Science Education, 2019
Experimental studies are often employed to test the effectiveness of teaching innovations such as new pedagogy, curriculum, or learning resources. This article offers guidance on good practice in developing research designs, and in drawing conclusions from published reports. Random control trials potentially support the use of statistical…
Descriptors: Instructional Innovation, Educational Research, Research Design, Research Methodology
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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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Zembylas, Michalinos – Studies in Science Education, 2005
The purpose of this paper is to organize and critique the theoretical work done so far on the "relation between the cognitive and the emotional in science learning" and suggest possible directions for research that takes into consideration this relation. In light of the enduring negative effect of much school science on students' emotional…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Science Education, Emotional Response, Cognitive Processes
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Malcolm, Cliff; Alant, Busi – Studies in Science Education, 2004
It is in the nature of a journey that it must start somewhere; it is in the nature of research that it must have a focus. The authors begin this review with a summary of science education research that has been done in South Africa over past decades, and the focuses it has chosen. They then critique the research, focusing on the following…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Research, High Schools
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Solomon, Joan – Studies in Science Education, 2003
Not being listened to, or having their advice mistrusted, is a daily problem for teachers and parents, as well as for doctors, scientists, technologists and other experts. It is also a serious dilemma in applied social psychology (Eiser, 1986) as well as in education where educators talk persuasively with strong evidence about not taking drugs,…
Descriptors: Expertise, Evidence, Citizenship, Science and Society
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Cogan, Leland S.; Wang, Hsingchi A.; Schmidt, William H. – Studies in Science Education, 2001
Studies how the cultural context of curriculum policy relates to what students are taught in the classroom by using data from the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Explores how what constitutes school science varies from one culture/nation to another, and that these differences pervade all instantiations of curriculum.…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Influences, Grade 8