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Bouchée, T.; de Putter-Smits, L.; Thurlings, M.; Pepin, B. – Studies in Science Education, 2022
Research on teaching and learning quantum physics (QP) frequently explores students' conceptual difficulties to identify common patterns in their reasoning. The abstractness of QP is often found to be at the origin of students' conceptual difficulties. Due to this abstract nature students resort to common sense reasoning or classical thinking when…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Mechanics (Physics), Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Nordine, Jeffrey; Fortus, David; Lehavi, Yaron; Neumann, Knut; Krajcik, Joe – Studies in Science Education, 2018
School instruction is critical for helping students use energy as a lens for making sense of phenomena, however, students often struggle to see the usefulness of energy analysis for interpreting the world around them. One reason for this may be an over-reliance on the idea of energy forms in introductory energy instruction, which may…
Descriptors: Energy Education, Systems Approach, Interpretive Skills, Secondary School Science
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Scott, Phil; Mortimer, Eduardo; Ametller, Jaume – Studies in Science Education, 2011
This paper provides an introduction to the concept of pedagogical link-making in the context of teaching and learning scientific conceptual knowledge. Pedagogical link-making is concerned with the ways in which teachers and students make connections between ideas in the ongoing meaning-making interactions of classroom teaching and learning. First…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Secondary School Science, Literature, Science Instruction
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Garrard, Jan – Studies in Science Education, 1986
Provides a review of health issues that could be incorporated into secondary science curricula. Includes sections on the nature of the concepts of health and health education, descriptive health education research, theoretical perspectives on health education, and models and curricula for health education. (ML)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Health Education, Instructional Innovation
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Driver, Rosalind; Oldham, Valerie – Studies in Science Education, 1986
Reviews the purposes, underlying assumptions, and curriculum development model for the United Kingdom's "Children's Learning in Science Project." Explains the general features and phases of the constructivist approach to learning that the program advocates. Identifies theoretical developments on children's ideas, the constructivist view…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education
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McConnell, Mary C. – Studies in Science Education, 1982
Against the background of the current crisis in science education, discusses various aspects of science/technology/society (STS) curriculum and instruction, including the need for new definition of science education, social science education and STS, and STS curriculum materials. Also provides a framework for educating about STS. (JN)
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Gaskell, P. James – Studies in Science Education, 1982
Discusses interests of various social groups in supporting trend to help students relate science to current issues and practical applications, pointing to issues in science/technology/society (STS) curricula that need to be addressed by science teachers and describing some organizational decisions that need to be made in developing STS curriculum…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries
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Manthorpe, Catherine A. – Studies in Science Education, 1982
Drawing on British publications, three general issues related to girls and science education are discussed: demands of state and industry, equality of opportunity, and the nature of science and the scientific enterprise. (JN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Science, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education
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Wubbels, Th.; And Others – Studies in Science Education, 1982
Describes research on early experiences (reality shock) of young teachers at the beginning of their careers, indicating roots of these experiences. Also describes teacher training courses (focusing on pre-service training for physics teachers and in-service training for new teachers) designed to help teachers cope with reality shock and its…
Descriptors: Coping, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education