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Fu, Guopeng; Clarke, Anthony – Studies in Science Education, 2019
Agency and structure postulate a dialectic relationship: agents' actions shape and are shaped by social structure in a spiral and dynamic manner. Empirical studies in pre-collegiate science education contexts, however, tend to focus on individual's positionality instead of the engagement between agency and structure. This paper first charts the…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Research, Individual Power, Social Structure
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Pareja Roblin, Natalie; Schunn, Christian; Bernstein, Debra; McKenney, Susan – Studies in Science Education, 2018
Grant-funded curriculum development efforts can substantially impact practice and research in science education. Therefore, understanding the sometimes-unintended consequences of changes in grant priorities is crucial. Using the case of two large funding agencies in the United States, the current portfolio review provides insight into these…
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Science Materials, Federal Aid, Educational Change
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Davis, Elizabeth A.; Janssen, Fred J. J. M.; Van Driel, Jan H. – Studies in Science Education, 2016
Curriculum materials serve as a key conceptual tool for science teachers, and better understanding how science teachers use these tools could help to improve both curriculum design and theory related to teacher learning and decision-making. The authors review the literature on teachers and science curriculum materials. The review is organised…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Avraamidou, Lucy – Studies in Science Education, 2014
Over the past 10?years an increasing number of articles have been published in leading science education journals that report on research about teacher identity and describe interventions that support teacher identity development. My purpose in this review paper is to examine how the construct of science teacher identity has been conceptualised…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Professional Identity, Science Education, Educational Research
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Dagher, Zoubeida R.; BouJaoude, Saouma – Studies in Science Education, 2011
This paper describes the current state of science education in Arab states and anticipates some of the challenges faced by those states as they reform their science education. After discussing problems of illiteracy, access and quality we provide contextual information about the structure of the educational systems and describe recent efforts to…
Descriptors: Illiteracy, Arabs, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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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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Levinson, Ralph – Studies in Science Education, 2010
Contemporary policy statements from government and reforms to science curricula in schools emphasise the importance of educating a scientifically literate public for democratic participation in science and technology. While such an aspiration is seemingly uncontentious and appears consistent with progressive educational thinking, the reality of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Human Capital, Scientific Literacy
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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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Atkin, J. Myron – Studies in Science Education, 2007
Many researchers in the field of education aspire to influence what actually happens in schools and classrooms. They entered their profession aware of the need to improve educational practice; many of them want to make a difference. Yet few observers would claim that the results of education research are eagerly awaited by teachers, school…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Practices, Educational Change, Researchers
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Powell, Janet Carlson; Anderson, Ronald D. – Studies in Science Education, 2002
Analyzes the role of science curriculum materials in educational reform concluding that materials can and should play a vital role. Concludes also that the use of new curriculum materials must be accompanied by transformative professional development in a supportive school and community environment. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Instructional Materials, Resource Materials, Science Curriculum
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Hart, Paul; Nolan, Kathleen – Studies in Science Education, 1999
Describes the nature of environmental education research in the 1990s, and comments critically on the focus and quality of inquiry in this field with a view toward improvements in the new millennium. Organizes the literature around the themes of quantitative reports, qualitative research, descriptive reports, focused inquiries, metamethodological…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education
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Mayer, Victor; Kumano, Yoshisuki – Studies in Science Education, 1999
The priorities for science must change to confront the social and environmental problems brought on by the policies in science and technology during the past century. Contends that educators must have a clearer, broader understanding of the nature of science, its history, and its current structure in order to effect necessary changes in science…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education
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Reiss, Michael – Studies in Science Education, 1999
Summarizes arguments for and against teaching ethics within science education, and clarifies what might be the several aims of teaching ethics in science. Discusses how ethics instruction might be incorporated into the science curriculum. (Contains 120 references.) (WRM)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Ethics
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Ravetz, Jerome R. – Studies in Science Education, 1997
Offers insight into the sorts of questions that might be asked in scientific inquiry and suggests a new sort of question--What If?--complementary to those questions which have traditionally dominated scientific practices. (PVD)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Hermeneutics
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Rowell, Patricia M. – Studies in Science Education, 1997
Examines claims for writing-to-learn science and juxtaposes them with writing practices in both the scientific community and school science. Presents arguments for reconceptualizing the act of writing in science classrooms in light of a characterization of writing in the discourses of science and school science, including recognizing writing as a…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Hermeneutics, Higher Education
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