Science Education Research in the Knowledge-Based Society

Author: Dimitris Psillos,Petros Kariotoglou,Vasilis Tselfes,E. Hatzikraniotis,George Fassoulopoulos,Maria Kallery

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401701652

Category: Science

Page: 481

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This book offers a global presentation of issues under study for improving science education research in the context of the knowledge-based society at a European and international level. It includes discussions of several theoretical approaches, research overviews, research methodologies, and the teaching and learning of science. It is based on papers presented at the Third International Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (Thessaloniki, Greece, August 2001).

Science Education Research and Practice in Europe

Retrospective and Prospective

Author: Doris Jorde,Justin Dillon

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9460919006

Category: Education

Page: 394

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Each volume in the 7-volume series The World of Science Education reviews research in a key region of the world. These regions include North America, South and Latin America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Arab States, and Sub-Saharan Africa. The focus of this Handbook is on science education in Europe. In producing this volume the editors have invited a range of authors to describe their research in the context of developments in the continent and further afield. In reading this book you are invited to consider the historical, social and political contexts that have driven developments in science education research over the years. A unique feature of science education in Europe is the impact of the European Union on research and development over many years. A growing number of multi-national projects have contributed to the establishment of a community of researchers increasingly accepting of methodological diversity. That is not to say that Europe is moving towards homogeneity, as this volume clearly shows.

Research in Science Education — Past, Present, and Future

Author: Helga Behrendt,Helmut Dahncke,Reinders Duit,Wolfgang Gräber,Michael Komorek,Angela Kross,Priit Reiska

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0306476398

Category: Education

Page: 344

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This truly international volume includes a selection of contributions to the Second Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (Kiel, Sept. 1999). It provides a state-of-the-art examination of science education research in Europe, discusses views and visions of science education research, deals with research on scientific literacy, on students' and teachers' conceptions, on conceptual change, and on instructional media and lab work.

Writing and Learning in the Science Classroom

Author: Carolyn S. Wallace,Brian B. Hand,Vaughan Prain

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 140202018X

Category: Science

Page: 152

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This volume is of interest to science educators, graduate students, and classroom teachers. The book will also be an important addition to any scholarly library focusing on science education, science literacy, and writing. This book is unique in that it synthesizes the research of the three leading researchers in the field of writing to learn science: Carolyn S. Wallace, Brian Hand, and Vaughan Prain. It includes a comprehensive review of salient literature in the field, detailed reports of the authors' own research studies, and current and future issues on writing in science. The book is the first to definitely answer the question, "Does writing improve science learning?". Further, it provides evidence for some of the mechanisms through which learning occurs. It combines both theory and practice in a unique way. Although primarily a tool for research, classroom teachers will also find many practical suggestions for using writing in the science classroom.

Knowledge Management in the Learning Society

Author: OECD

Publisher: OECD Publishing

ISBN: 9264181040


Page: 260

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This book analyses and compares concretely the processes of knowledge production, dissemination and use in the engineering, the information and communication technology, the health and the education sectors.

Issues and Challenges in Science Education Research

Moving Forward

Author: Kim Chwee Daniel Tan,Mijung Kim

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 940073980X

Category: Science

Page: 352

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In contemporary society, science constitutes a significant part of human life in that it impacts on how people experience and understand the world and themselves. The rapid advances in science and technology, newly established societal and cultural norms and values, and changes in the climate and environment, as well as, the depletion of natural resources all greatly impact the lives of children and youths, and hence their ways of learning, viewing the world, experiencing phenomena around them and interacting with others. These changes challenge science educators to rethink the epistemology and pedagogy in science classrooms today as the practice of science education needs to be proactive and relevant to students and prepare them for life in the present and in the future. Featuring contributions from highly experienced and celebrated science educators, as well as research perspectives from Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia, this book addresses theoretical and practical examples in science education that, on the one hand, plays a key role in our understanding of the world, and yet, paradoxically, now acknowledges a growing number of uncertainties of knowledge about the world. The material is in four sections that cover the learning and teaching of science from science literacy to multiple representations; science teacher education; the use of innovations and new technologies in science teaching and learning; and science learning in informal settings including outdoor environmental learning activities. Acknowledging the issues and challenges in science education, this book hopes to generate collaborative discussions among scholars, researchers, and educators to develop critical and creative ways of science teaching to improve and enrich the lives of our children and youths.
Social Science

Education Research and Policy

Steering the Knowledge-based Economy

Author: Jennifer Ozga,Terri Seddon,Thomas S. Popkewitz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415359341

Category: Social Science

Page: 340

View: 8813

This volume considers the ways in which educational research is being shaped by policy across the globe. Policy effects on research are increasingly influential, as policies in and beyond education drive the formation of a knowledge-based economy by supporting increased international competitiveness through more effective, evidence-based interventions in schooling, education and training systems. What consequences does this increased steering have for research in education? How do transnational agencies make their influence felt on educational research? How do national systems and traditions of educational research - and relations with policy - respond to these new pressures? What effects does it have on the quality of research and on the freedom of researchers to pursue their own agendas? The 2006 volume of the World Yearbook of Educationexplores these issues, focusing on three key themes: globalising policy and research in education steering education research in national contexts global-local politics of education research. The 2006 volume has a truly global reach, incorporating transnational policy perspectives from the OECD and the European Commission, alongside national cases from across the world in contrasting contexts that include North and South America, Canada, France, Singapore, China, Russia and New Zealand. The range of contributions reflect how pervasive these developments are, how much is new in this situation and to what extent evidence-based policy pressures on research in education build on past relationships between education and policy. This book considers the impact of the steering processes on the work and identities of individual researchers and considers how research can be organised to play a more active role in the politics of the knowledge economy and learning society.
Social sciences

The Century of Science

The Global Triumph of the Research University

Author: Justin J. W. Powell,Frank Fernandez,David P. Baker

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 1787144704

Category: Social sciences

Page: 350

View: 9418

In The Century of Science, a multicultural, international team of authors examine the global rise of scholarly research in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health fields, providing insightful historical and sociological understandings of the ways that higher education has become an institution that shapes science and society.

Insights from Research in Science Teaching and Learning

Selected Papers from the ESERA 2013 Conference

Author: Nicos Papadouris,Angela Hadjigeorgiou,Constantinos P. Constantinou

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319200747

Category: Science

Page: 313

View: 2877

This book includes studies that represent the state of the art in science education research and convey a sense of the variation in educational traditions around the world. The papers are organized into six main sections: science teaching processes, conceptual understanding, reasoning strategies, early years science education, and affective and social aspects of science teaching and learning. The volume features 18 papers, selected from the most outstanding papers presented during the 10th European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Conference, held in Nicosia, Cyprus, in September 2013. The theme of the conference was “Science Education Research for Evidence-based Teaching and Coherence in Learning”. The studies presented underline aspects of great relevance in contemporary science education: the need to reflect on different approaches to enhance our knowledge of learning processes and the role of context, designed or circumstantial, formal or non-formal, in learning and instruction. These studies are innovative in the issues they explore, the methods they use, or the ways in which emergent knowledge in the field is represented. The book is of interest to science educators and science education researchers with a commitment to evidence informed teaching and learning.

Research in Science Education in Europe

Author: M. Bandiera,S. Caravita,Eugenio Torracca,M. Vicentini

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401593078

Category: Science

Page: 318

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This volume presents a "photograph" of the state of the art in Science Education Research in Europe as it has emerged from the first ESERA Conference held in Rome in September 1997. The Conference saw the participation of more than 280 researchers from European and some extra European countries distributed as follows U. K. 46 The Netherlands 10 Germany 35 Finland 9 Italy 28 Switzerland 6 Spain 26 Portugal 6 France 18 Israel 5 Sweden Argentina 15 3 Denmark 14 Australia 3 Greece 14 USA 3 Brasil 11 Others 18 Norway TOTAL 11 281 As it can be seen from the table, although the group from U. K. where research in science education has a well established tradition is the most consistent one, quite a large number of researchers has come from Germany and the Scandinavian countries, sign of the increasing attention these countries pay to scientific education at all levels. The presence of researchers from extraeuropean countries has allowed a comparison of experience over a wider basisthan the national one. The themes of research, identified a priori by the organizers as important, were: of the Art in Science Education Research (Biology, - The State Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science) - Science Teaching and Learning - Science, Science Teaching and Society - Teachers' Education and its Cultural Components The Scientific Committee of the Conference decided to publish a selection of the papers presented and we accepted the task of the editing.

University Science and Mathematics Education in Transition

Author: Ole Skovsmose,Paola Valero,Ole Ravn Christensen

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387098291

Category: Education

Page: 354

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More than ever, our time is characterised by rapid changes in the organisation and the production of knowledge. This movement is deeply rooted in the evolution of the scientific endeavour, as well as in the transformation of the political, economic and cultural organisation of society. In other words, the production of scientific knowledge is changing both with regard to the internal development of science and technology, and with regard to the function and role science and technology fulfill in society. This general social context in which universities and knowledge production are placed has been given different names: the informational society, the knowledge society, the learning society, the post-industrial society, the risk society, or even the post-modern society. A common feature of different characterisations of this historic time is the fact that it is a period in construction. Parts of the world, not only of the First World but also chunks of the Developing World, are involved in these transformations. There is a movement from former social, political and cultural forms of organisation which impact knowledge production into new forms. These forms drive us into forms of organisation that are unknown and that, for their very same complexity, do not show a clear ending stage. Somehow the utopias that guided the ideas of development and progress in the past are not present anymore, and therefore the transitions in the knowledge society generate a new uncertain world. We find ourselves and our universities to be in a transitional period in time. In this context, it is difficult to avoid considering seriously the challenges that such a complex and uncertain social configuration poses to scientific knowledge, to universities and especially to education in mathematics and science. It is clear that the transformation of knowledge outside universities has implied a change in the routes that research in mathematics, science and technology has taken in the last decades. It is also clear that in different parts of the world these changes have happened at different points in time. While universities in the "New World" (the American Continent, Africa, Asia and Oceania) have accommodated their operation to the challenges of the construction in the new world, in many European countries universities with a longer existence and tradition have moved more slowly into this time of transformation and have been responding at a less rapid pace to environmental challenges. The process of tuning universities, together with their forms of knowledge production and their provision of education in science and mathematics, with the demands of the informational society has been a complex process, as complex as the general transformation undergoing in society. Therefore an understanding of the current transitions in science and mathematics education has to consider different dimensions involved in such a change. Traditionally, educational studies in mathematics and science education have looked at changes in education from within the scientific disciplines and in the closed context of the classroom. Although educational change in the very end is implemented in everyday teaching and learning situations, other parallel dimensions influencing these situations cannot be forgotten. An understanding of the actual potentialities and limitations of educational transformations are highly dependent on the network of educational, cultural, administrative and ideological views and practices that permeate and constitute science and mathematics education in universities today. This book contributes to understanding some of the multiple aspects and dimensions of the transition of science and mathematics education in the current informational society. Such an understanding is necessary for finding possibilities to improve science and mathematics education in universities all around the world. Such a broad approach to the transitions happening in these fields has not been addressed yet by existing books in the market.
Business & Economics

The Knowledge-creating Company

How Japanese Companies Create the Dynamics of Innovation

Author: Ikujirō Nonaka,Hirotaka Takeuchi

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195092691

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 284

View: 8399

Looks at case studies from such firms as Honda, Canon, Matsushita, and NEC, and examines two types of business knowledge, explicit and tacit

Brain Research in Education and the Social Sciences

Implications for Practice, Parenting, and Future Society

Author: Doris L. Bergen,Joseph Schroer,Michael Woodin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315465191

Category: Education

Page: 206

View: 7972

Brain Research in Education and the Social Sciences: Implications for Practice, Parenting, and Future Society?provides practitioners, parents, and policy makers with research-based information and illustrative case studies about brain development across the lifespan. Neurotechnological advances that are contributing to a broader understanding of brain development and brain illnesses are discussed in a?context?specifically relevant to those?working in education and the social sciences. The book?enables readers to understand the societal implications of this expanding knowledge base and offers suggestions for future policies and practices that would make?high-quality learning?environments available to all students and individuals receiving care.

Iterative Design of Teaching-Learning Sequences

Introducing the Science of Materials in European Schools

Author: Dimitris Psillos,Petros Kariotoglou

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9400778082

Category: Science

Page: 382

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This book addresses a very important aspect of science education and science education research respectively: The research-based development of Teaching Learning Sequences. The authors elaborate on important theoretical issues as well as aspects of the design and iterative evolution of a several Teaching Learning Sequences in a modern scientific and technological field which is socially relevant and educationally significant. The book is divided into two parts. The first part includes a collection of papers discussing the theoretical foundations and characteristics of selected theoretical frameworks related to designing Teaching Learning Sequences, elaborate on common issues and draw on the wider perspective of design research in education. The second part contains a collection of papers presenting case studies concerning the design, implementation, iterative evolution and evaluation of Teaching and Learning Sequences in a variety of educational context. The case studies deal with a more or less new subject matter, a part of modern interdisciplinary science, material science, which enhances the connections between science and technology. From a wider perspective the case studies draw on existing theoretical ideas on inquiry in various contexts and provide powerful suggestions for contextualized innovation in a variety of school systems and existing practices.

Professional Learning in the Knowledge Society

Author: Karen Jensen,Leif Chr. Lahn,Monika Nerland

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9460919944

Category: Education

Page: 228

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This book presents an entirely new approach to professional learning based on perspectives of the knowledge society and, in particular, an interpretation of Knorr Cetina’s work on scientific ‘epistemic cultures’. Starting with a conceptual chapter and followed by a suite of empirical studies from accountancy, education, nursing and software engineering, the book elaborates how: a) knowledge production and circulation take distinct forms in those fields; b) how the knowledge objects of practice in those fields engross and engage professionals and, in the process, people and knowledge are transformed by this engagement. By foregrounding an explicit concern for the role of knowledge in professional learning, the book goes much farther than the current fashion for describing ‘practice-based learning’. It will therefore be of considerable interest to the research, policy, practitioner and student communities involved with professional education/learning or interested in innovation and knowledge development in the professions.

Research and the Quality of Science Education

Author: Kerst Boersma,Martin Goedhart,Onno de Jong,Harrie Eijkelhof

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402036736

Category: Science

Page: 507

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In August 2003 over 400 researchers in the field of science education from all over the world met at the 4th ESERA conference in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. During the conference 300 papers about actual issues in the field, such as the learning of scientific concepts and skills, scientific literacy, informal science learning, science teacher education, modeling in science education were presented. The book contains 40 of the most outstanding papers presented during the conference. These papers reflect the quality and variety of the conference and represent the state of the art in the field of research in science education.

Towards a Knowledge Based Economy?

Knowledge and Learning in European Educational Research

Author: Michael Kuhn,Massimo Tomassini,P. R. J. Simons

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820474700

Category: Education

Page: 246

View: 9854

Although educational research advocates the perspective of the learner, who or what is it advocating against? The governments of all European Union countries give learning the most prominent place on their policy agendas; the European Commission wants Europe to become a knowledge based society; companies across the European Union are no longer interested primarily in profit, but want to be learning organisations; social scientists detect the emergence of a learning society and economists advocate a learning economy. What does European educational research do, if nowadays everybody in the European Union wants nothing else but knowledgeable people?

Defining an Identity

The Evolution of Science Education As a Field of Research

Author: P.J. Fensham

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402014673

Category: Education

Page: 247

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Research in science education is now an international activity.This book asks for the first time, Does this research activity have anidentity?It gives graduate students and other early researchers an unusualoverview of their research area as a whole. Established researcherswill be interested in, and challenged by, the identity the authorascribes to the research and by the plea he makes for the sciencecontent itself to be seen as problematic.