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The Effect Of Reflective Practice On High School Science Students’ Critical And Reflective Thinking, Kathleen R. Murphy May 2014

The Effect Of Reflective Practice On High School Science Students’ Critical And Reflective Thinking, Kathleen R. Murphy

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This study investigates the impact of a reflection treatment program on the critical thinking skills and reflection level of high school science students. Although research indicates there is a connection between reflection and critical thinking, there is limited empirical research related to this topic in high school science classrooms. Therefore, this study will attempt to determine whether a reflection implementation not only improves selected domains of critical thinking, but also impacts the level of reflective thinking in high school science students.

The research took place in a small, suburban high school in the northeast from January to May of the ...


The Effects Of Gender And Type Of Inquiry Curriculum On Sixth Grade Students’ Science Process Skills And Epistemological Beliefs In Science, Kristy L. Zaleta May 2014

The Effects Of Gender And Type Of Inquiry Curriculum On Sixth Grade Students’ Science Process Skills And Epistemological Beliefs In Science, Kristy L. Zaleta

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of gender and type of inquiry curriculum (open or structured) on science process skills and epistemological beliefs in science of sixth grade students. The current study took place in an urban northeastern middle school. The researcher utilized a sample of convenience comprised of 303 sixth grade students taught by four science teachers on separate teams. The study employed mixed methods with a quasi-experimental design, pretest-posttest comparison group with 17 intact classrooms of students. Students’ science process skills and epistemological beliefs in science (source, certainty, development, and justification) were measured before ...


Effects Of An Inquiry-Based Science Program On Critical Thinking, Science Process Skills, Creativity, And Science Fair Achievement Of Middle School Students, Christopher M. Longo May 2012

Effects Of An Inquiry-Based Science Program On Critical Thinking, Science Process Skills, Creativity, And Science Fair Achievement Of Middle School Students, Christopher M. Longo

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This study investigated the impact of an inquiry-based science program on the critical thinking skills, science process skills, creativity, and science fair achievement of middle school students. Although research indicates the connection between inquiry and achievement, there is limited empirical research relating specific inquiry-based programs to critical thinking, creativity, and science fair achievement in middle school classrooms.

The research took place in a small, suburban middle school in the northeast from November 2010 to May 2011. A sample of convenience was comprised of seventh and eighth grade students. The study was quasi-experimental in nature, with a pretest-posttest comparison group design ...


The Effect Of Reflective Portfolio Use On Student Self-Regulation Skills In Science, Jacob C. Greenwood May 2010

The Effect Of Reflective Portfolio Use On Student Self-Regulation Skills In Science, Jacob C. Greenwood

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This study investigated the use of reflective portfolios in science as a means to provide students a medium to develop a repertoire of study and self-regulation strategies. These self-regulation strategies can be accessed and utilized by students to engage in independent study and help to manage workloads from multiple teachers. The use of a reflective portfolio addresses the theoretical framework laid out by Pintrich which organized regulatory processes according to four phases (a) planning, (b) self-monitoring, (c) control, and (d) evaluation. The reflective portfolio included student work samples, revisions of work, reflections, and goal statements. Construction of the portfolio gave ...


Impact Of Problem Finding On The Quality Of Authentic Open Inquiry Science Research Projects, Frank Labanca May 2008

Impact Of Problem Finding On The Quality Of Authentic Open Inquiry Science Research Projects, Frank Labanca

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Problem finding is a creative process whereby individuals develop original ideas for study. Secondary science students who successfully participate in authentic, novel, open inquiry studies must engage in problem finding to determine viable and suitable topics. This study examined problem finding strategies employed by students who successfully completed and presented the results of their open inquiry research at the 2007 Connecticut Science Fair and the 2007 International Science and Engineering Fair. A multicase qualitative study was framed through the lenses of creativity, inquiry strategies, and situated cognition learning theory. Data were triangulated by methods (interviews, document analysis, surveys) and sources ...