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Martinez-Garza, Mario; Clark, Douglas B.; Nelson, Brian C. – Studies in Science Education, 2013
This review synthesises research on digital games and science learning as it supports the goals for science proficiency outlined in the report by the US National Research Council on science education reform. The review is organised in terms of these research-based goals for science proficiency in light of their alignment with current science…
Descriptors: Computer Games, Video Games, Science Education, Science Achievement
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Zohar, Anat; Barzilai, Sarit – Studies in Science Education, 2013
The goal of this study is to map the current state of research in the field of metacognition in science education, to identify key trends, and to discern areas and questions for future research. We conducted a systematic analysis of 178 studies published in peer-reviewed journals in the years 2000-2012 and indexed in the ERIC database. The…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Science Education, Literature Reviews, Trend Analysis
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Abrahams, Ian; Reiss, Michael J.; Sharpe, Rachael M. – Studies in Science Education, 2013
This article reviews how practical work, including practical skills, is currently summatively assessed in school science in a number of countries and makes comparisons with how other subjects, such as music and modern foreign languages, summatively assess skills. Whilst practical skills in school science are clearly valued as being of importance,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Summative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Science Process Skills
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van Driel, Jan H.; Meirink, J. A.; van Veen, K.; Zwart, R. C. – Studies in Science Education, 2012
This review provides an overview of the the current state of research on professional development in science education. An analytical frame was used, based on what is known about PD from educational research. Clarke and Hollingsworth's model for teacher professional growth was also used to categorise the studies according to their aims and…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Faculty Development, Science Education, Science Teachers
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Constantinou, C. P.; Papadouris, N. – Studies in Science Education, 2012
We have reviewed the existing literature on teaching and learning about energy to develop an overview of the ongoing debate on conceptual aspects of the construct and also to highlight the issues that have emerged in approaches to designing teaching-learning sequences. Our review is informed by those aspects of the historical evolution of the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Education, Epistemology, Energy Education
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Villanueva, Mary Grace; Taylor, Jonte; Therrien, William; Hand, Brian – Studies in Science Education, 2012
Students with special needs tend to show significantly lower achievement in science than their peers. Reasons for this include severe difficulties with academic skills (i.e. reading, math and writing), behaviour problems and limited prior understanding of core concepts background knowledge. Despite this bleak picture, much is known on how to…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Special Needs Students, Inclusion, Mainstreaming
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Anderman, Eric M.; Sinatra, Gale M.; Gray, DeLeon L. – Studies in Science Education, 2012
In this article, we critically examine skills that are necessary for the effective learning of science in adolescent populations. We argue that a focus on twenty-first-century skills among adolescents within the context of science instruction must be considered in light of research on cognitive and social development. We first review adolescents'…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Science Instruction, Learning Processes, Cognitive Ability
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King, Donna – Studies in Science Education, 2012
Context-based chemistry education aims to improve student interest and motivation in chemistry by connecting canonical chemistry concepts with real-world contexts. Implementation of context-based chemistry programmes began 20 years ago in an attempt to make the learning of chemistry meaningful for students. This paper reviews such programmes…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Problem Based Learning, Learning Motivation, Chemistry
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Duschl, Richard; Maeng, Seungho; Sezen, Asli – Studies in Science Education, 2011
Our paper is an analytical review of the design, development and reporting of learning progressions and teaching sequences. Research questions are: (1) what criteria are being used to propose a "hypothetical learning progression/trajectory" and (2) what measurements/evidence are being used to empirically define and refine a "hypothetical learning…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Science Education, Learning Processes, Evidence
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Glazer, Nirit – Studies in Science Education, 2011
With the growing emphasis on the development of scientific inquiry skills, the display and interpretation of data are becoming increasingly important. Graph interpretation competence is, in fact, essential to understanding today's world and to be scientifically literate. However, graph interpretation is a complex and challenging activity. Graph…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Graphs, Data Interpretation, Scientific Literacy
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Boe, Maria Vetleseter; Henriksen, Ellen Karoline; Lyons, Terry; Schreiner, Camilla – Studies in Science Education, 2011
Young people's participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is a matter of international concern. Studies and careers that require physical sciences and advanced mathematics are most affected by the problem and women in particular are under-represented in many STEM fields. This article views international research about…
Descriptors: Careers, Females, Young Adults, Cultural Context
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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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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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Oliver, Mary – Studies in Science Education, 2011
Advances in neuroscience have brought new insights to the development of cognitive functions. These data are of considerable interest to educators concerned with how students learn. This review documents some of the recent findings in neuroscience, which is richer in describing cognitive functions than affective aspects of learning. A brief…
Descriptors: Brain, Cognitive Processes, Scientific Research, Brain Hemisphere Functions
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Meyer, Daniel Z.; Avery, Leanne M. – Studies in Science Education, 2010
Over the last two decades, science educators and science education researchers have grown increasingly interested in utilising insights from the sociology of scientific knowledge (SSK) to inform their work and research. To date, researchers in science education have focused on two applications: results of sociological studies of science have been…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Research, Sociology, Science and Society
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