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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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Erduran, Sibel; Duschl, Richard A. – Studies in Science Education, 2004
In this paper, the authors argue that chemical knowledge in the classroom will be enriched by the application of characterizations of models drawn from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. This discussion highlights two important issues relating to chemical knowledge in the classroom: (1) the status of chemical knowledge in the classroom,…
Descriptors: Evidence, Learning Theories, Curriculum Design, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Duschl, Richard A.; Osborne, Jonathan – Studies in Science Education, 2002
Explores the research on argumentation in science education by focusing on two questions: (1) what should constitute argumentation?; and (2) what does research say about classroom conditions that promote, nurture, and sustain argumentation practices among students? Discusses possible barriers to argumentation and foundational frameworks and…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inquiry
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Cawthron, E. R.; Rowell, J. A. – Studies in Science Education, 1978
Suggests that, to a large extent, science educators tend to separate epistemology from the content and methodology of science. Questions the appropriateness of this practice. (CP)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Learning Theories, Philosophy, Science Education
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Aikenhead, Glen S. – Studies in Science Education, 1996
Reconceptualizes a cultural perspective for science education that offers an account of life in a science classroom by characterizing students' experiences as crossing borders between subcultures. Contains 160 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Cultural Influences, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education
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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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Bliss, Joan – Studies in Science Education, 1995
Considers the contribution psychology has made to understanding the way children learn science. Reviews the work of Piaget and the subsequent application of his theories to understanding science teaching and learning. Contains 150 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Constructivism (Learning), Cultural Background, Educational Environment
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Gilbert, John K. – Studies in Science Education, 1995
Considers the metaphor of science education research as fields of inquiry. Groups the papers that have appeared in Studies in Science Education according to their contribution to the development of this metaphor. Contains 26 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Psychology, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Development, Elementary Secondary Education
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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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O'Toole, Mitch – Studies in Science Education, 1996
Reviews literature in the field of science education that aids in the mapping of the interface between language and science. Lists six categories of disputes regarding the status and value of science and scientific ideas. Contains 181 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Psychology, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Development, Elementary Secondary Education
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Osborne, Roger; Wittrock, Merlin – Studies in Science Education, 1985
Suggesting that learning be considered as a generative process, attempts to: (1) place generative learning ideas in the context of other viewpoints of learning; (2) explicate key postulates of the generative learning model; and (3) examine implications of these theoretical ideas for teaching, learning, curriculum development, and research. (JN)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning
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Layton, David, Ed. – Studies in Science Education, 1979
Presented are several articles and reviews which are related to science education in the following areas: (1) achievement, mastery, proficiency, competence; (2) personality and the pursuit of science; (3) skill integration, Piaget, and education; (4) recent research grants in the United Kingdom; (5) a listing of theses and dissertations for higher…
Descriptors: Achievement, Annual Reports, Cognitive Processes, Doctoral Degrees
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West, L. H. T.; Fensham, P. J. – Studies in Science Education, 1974
Examines Ausubel's theory of learning as a model of the role concerning the influence of prior knowledge on how learning occurs. Research evidence for Ausubel's theory is presented and discussed. Implications of Ausubel's theory for teaching are summarized. (PEB)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Educational Research, Learning, Learning Processes
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Novak, Joseph D. – Studies in Science Education, 1978
Reviews the basic precepts of the learning theories of Piaget and Ausubel. Although Piaget is credited for his contributions to educational psychology, the author supports Ausubel's theory of meaningful learning as more significant for future contributions in science and mathematics education. (CP)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Discovery Processes, Higher Education, Learning Processes
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