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Potvin, Patrice; Nenciovici, Lucian; Malenfant-Robichaud, Guillaume; Thibault, François; Sy, Ousmane; Mahhou, Mohamed Amine; Bernard, Alex; Allaire-Duquette, Geneviève; Blanchette Sarrasin, Jérémie; Brault Foisy, Lorie-Marlène; Brouillette, Nancy; St-Aubin, Audrey-Anne; Charland, Patrick; Masson, Steve; Riopel, Martin; Tsai, Chin-Chung; Bélanger, Michel; Chastenay, Pierre – Studies in Science Education, 2020
In this article, we propose an analysis of the state of, and trends in, the field of conceptual change research in science education through the lens of its models. Using a quantitative approach, we reviewed all conceptual change articles (n = 245) published in five major journals in the field of science education in search of the support that…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Science Instruction, Science Education
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Quílez, Juan – Studies in Science Education, 2019
This study consists of a categorisation of the vocabulary of chemistry, focusing on the terminological difficulties students face when learning this subject. Therefore, this classification intends to provide chemistry teachers an awareness of the language barriers students must overcome in their understanding of this scientific discipline. Two…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Verbs, Vocabulary Development
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Riopel, Martin; Nenciovici, Lucian; Potvin, Patrice; Chastenay, Pierre; Charland, Patrick; Sarrasin, Jérémie Blanchette; Masson, Steve – Studies in Science Education, 2019
Serious games have become increasingly available to educators. Empirical studies and meta-analyses have examined their impact on learning achievement. However, natural sciences could have a special relation to serious games by their systematic use of quantitative and predictive models that can generate microworlds and simulations. Since no known…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Educational Games, Science Achievement, Conventional Instruction
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Herranen, Jaana; Aksela, Maija – Studies in Science Education, 2019
Students' questions have an important function in science learning, and in inquiry-based approaches. Inquiry teaching in which the students' own questions are used is promising, but a holistic view of the research and practice is lacking. A systematic review was conducted on 30 articles, both research report articles as well as descriptive and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Educational Benefits
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Mujtaba, Tamjid; Lawrence, Martin; Oliver, Mary; Reiss, Michael J. – Studies in Science Education, 2018
This review examines how natural history museums (NHMs) can enhance learning and engagement in science, particularly for school-age students. First, we describe the learning potential of informal science learning institutions in general, then we focus on NHMs. We review the possible benefits of interactions between schools and NHMs, and the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Museums, Science Instruction, School Community Programs
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Kulgemeyer, Christoph – Studies in Science Education, 2018
Instructional explanations have sometimes been described as an ineffective way to teach science, representing a transmissive view of learning. However, science teachers frequently provide instructional explanations, and students also offer them in cooperative learning. Contrary to the transmissive view regarding explanation, studies suggest that…
Descriptors: Models, Instructional Effectiveness, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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Jack, Brady Michael; Lin, Huann-shyang – Studies in Science Education, 2017
Generations of students are graduating from secondary school disinterested in post-secondary study of science or pursuing careers in science-related fields beyond formal education. We propose that destabilising such disinterest among future students requires science educators to begin listening to secondary school students regarding their views of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Student Interests, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Stern, Florian; Kampourakis, Kostas – Studies in Science Education, 2017
Research in genetics and genomics is advancing at a fast pace, and thus keeping up with the most recent findings and conclusions can be very challenging. At the same time these recent findings and conclusions have made necessary a reconceptualization of genes and heredity, both in science and in science education, beyond the mostly gene-centred…
Descriptors: Genetics, Literacy, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Rönnebeck, Silke; Bernholt, Sascha; Ropohl, Mathias – Studies in Science Education, 2016
Despite the importance of scientific inquiry in science education, researchers and educators disagree considerably regarding what features define this instructional approach. While a large body of literature addresses theoretical considerations, numerous empirical studies investigate scientific inquiry on quite different levels of detail and also…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Inquiry, Scientific Research, Scientific Concepts
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Thys, Miranda; Verschaffel, Lieven; Van Dooren, Wim; Laevers, Ferre – Studies in Science Education, 2016
This paper provides a systematic review of instruments that have the potential to measure the quality of project-based science and technology (S&T) learning environments in elementary school. To this end, a comprehensive literature search was undertaken for the large field of S&T learning environments. We conducted a horizontal bottom-up…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Prior Learning, Scientific Concepts
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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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Cheng, May Hung May; Wan, Zhi Hong – Studies in Science Education, 2016
Chinese students' excellent science performance in large-scale international comparisons contradicts the stereotype of the Chinese non-productive classroom learning environment and learners. Most of the existing explanations of this paradox are provided from the perspective of teaching and learning in a general sense, but little work can be found…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Statistical Analysis, Literature Reviews
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Ardasheva, Yuliya; Norton-Meier, Lori; Hand, Brian – Studies in Science Education, 2015
In this review, we explore the notion of teaching science to English language learners (ELLs) as a balancing act between simultaneously focusing on language and content development, on the one hand, and between structuring instruction and focusing on student learning processes, on the other hand. This exploration is conducted through the lens of a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, English Language Learners, Teaching Methods, Heuristics
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Gresnigt, Rens; Taconis, Ruurd; van Keulen, Hanno; Gravemeijer, Koeno; Baartman, Liesbeth – Studies in Science Education, 2014
Integrated curricula seem promising for the increase of attention on science and technology in primary education. A clear picture of the advantages and disadvantages of integration efforts could help curriculum innovation. This review has focused on integrated curricula in primary education from 1994 to 2011. The integrated curricula were…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Technology Education, Elementary Education, Integrated Curriculum
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Plummer, Julia D. – Studies in Science Education, 2014
The big idea of "celestial motion", observational astronomy phenomena explained by the relative position and motion of objects in the solar system and beyond, is central to astronomy in primary and secondary education. In this paper, I argue that students' progress in developing productive, scientific explanations for this class of…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Astronomy, Learning Processes, Models
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