Research in science education in Europe

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A range of topical issues and concerns at the forefront of research in science education in Europe are examined in this text. The contributors are science educators and researchers from throughout Europe.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750705479
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/1/1996
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Editorial 1
1 Developing New Teaching Sequences in Science: The Example of 'Gases and Their Properties" 7
2 Exploring the Use of Analogy in the Teaching of Heat, Temperature and Thermal Equilibrium 22
3 Developing Scientific Concepts in the Primary Classroom: Teaching about Electric Circuits 36
4 Teaching Electricity by Help of a Water Analogy (How to Cope with the Need for Conceptual Change) 50
5 Students' Computer-based Problem-solving in Electricity: Strategies and Collaborative Talk 64
6 Group Concept Mapping, Language and Children's Learning in Primary Science 74
7 Using a Picture Language to Teach about Processes of Change 85
8 Construction of Prototypical Situations in Teaching the Concept of Energy 100
9 Decision-making on Science-related Social Issues: The Case of Garbage in Physical Science - A Problem-posing Approach 115
10 Adolescent Decision-making, by Individuals and Groups, about Science-related Societal Issues 126
11 The Scientific Model as a Form of Speech 143
12 Modelling the Growth of Scientific Knowledge 153
13 Mental Modelling 166
14 Texts and Contexts: Framing Modelling in the Primary Science Classroom 177
15 Knowledge and Action: Students' Understanding of the Procedures of Scientific Enquiry 191
16 What Changes in Conceptual Change?: From Ideas to Theories 200
17 Development of Pupils' Ideas of the Particulate Nature of Matter: Long-term Research Project 212
18 Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering: Student Knowledge and Attitudes: Implications for Teaching Controversial Issues and the Public Understanding of Science 229
19 Progression in Pupils' Understanding of Combustion 243
20 Students' Conceptions of Quantum Physics 254
21 Students' Understanding of the Nature of Science 269
22 Probing Teachers' Views of the Nature of Science: How Should We Do It and Where Should We Be Looking? 283
23 Gender Effects in Science Classrooms 297
24 Geology: A Science, a Teacher, or a Course?: How Students Construct the Image of Geological Disciplines and That of Their Teachers 312
25 Social Interactions and Personal Meaning Making in Secondary Science Classrooms 325
26 Primary Teachers' Cosmologies: The Case of the 'Universe' 337
27 The Perceived Value of Classroom Research as an Element of an Initial Teacher Education Course for Science Teachers 351
28 A Comparison of Some Linguistic Variables in Fifteen Science Texts 361
29 Imagery of Information: Prerequisites and Consequences 370
30 Science Education Research in Europe and Scientific Culture: What Can Be Done? 383
31 First Experiences with European PhD Summer Schools on Research in Science Education 394
32 Science Education Research in Europe: Some Reflections for the Future Association 399
List of Contributors 405
Index 409
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