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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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Perkins, David N.; Grotzer, Tina A. – Studies in Science Education, 2005
This article argues that an important source of the difficulties posed by particular concepts and theories is the narrow range of "types of causal models" with which most learners are familiar. Most learners are familiar with relatively simple styles of causal models, but many concepts and theories in science depend on styles…
Descriptors: Causal Models, Scientific Concepts, Intervention, Inquiry
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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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Young, Michael; Glanfield, Ken – Studies in Science Education, 1998
Argues that "connective specialization" could be the basis for a science curriculum that would provide people with the capabilities they will need throughout their working lives in the next century. Claims that science teachers need to see science in its relationship to other subjects and fields of study and that they must initiate…
Descriptors: Career Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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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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Roth, Wolff-Michael; McGinn, Michelle K. – Studies in Science Education, 1997
Illustrates various aspects of science studies that might be of interest to science educators. Discusses science and technology studies, science education, manufacture of knowledge, representation practices, and theory and method. Concludes that working across the current boundaries would help establish forms of discourse that allow for continuous…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Educational Theories, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Adey, Philip – Studies in Science Education, 1997
Explores the question of the existence and usefulness of supposed general functions of the mind and the extent to which such functions might be educable. Focuses on the role of education, science education for general development in particular. Contains 99 references. (JRH)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Style, Educational Theories, Elementary Secondary Education
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Solomon, Joan – Studies in Science Education, 1997
Explores the motivating forces which caused the European Union to come into being and their relevance to education. Attempts to describe the basic essence of the current cultural diversity. Argues for a new approach to comparative educational research, both quantitative and qualitative. Suggests three new and substantial tasks for science…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Science Education
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Ogborn, Jon – Studies in Science Education, 1995
Comments on the consequences of the death of the rationalist dream, including a loss of nerve in science education that leads some people to doubt the point and the value of teaching science. Argues that the death of this dream is irrelevant. Contains 57 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Epistemology
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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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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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Loo, Seng Piew – Studies in Science Education, 2001
Focuses on the relationship between science and Islam in the context of science education. Describes Islamic science and whether it is a valid philosophy of science. Discuses islamisation or marginalization of science education. Discusses implications and offers suggestions for science education. (Contains 63 references.) (ASK)
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Islam
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Jenkins, Edgar W. – Studies in Science Education, 2000
Presents a review to offer a personal commentary upon the range, quality, purpose, and usefulness of research in science education. Discusses diversity in research in science education; science education research domains; science education research community and science; and related research, policy, and practice. (Contains 66 references.) (ASK)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Science Education
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