Identifying Missing Types of Nordic Research in Science Education

Päivi Kinnunen, Jarkko Lampiselkä, Lauri Malmi, Veijo Meisalo

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    In order to better identify overlooked research topics, a new way to categorise science education research papers was developed. The new categorisation system is based on the didactic triangle, a theoretical model describing the elements of a teaching-studying-learning processes. The analysis of in total 59 physics and chemistry education papers in journal of Nordic Studies in Science Education and two Finnish science education conferences revealed that students’ attitudes, understandings and their learning styles as well as teachers’ pedagogical activities are well investigated areas whereas more emphasis should be paid on society level studies. This demonstrates that the developed categorisation system could be used to trace the missing types of research foci and to promote discussion within the science education research community. Moreover, the new categorisation system also supports meta-level analysis of published research papers and thus contributes to the discussion about the goals and the present state of research in science education.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationE-Book Proceedings of the ESERA 2013 Conference : Science Education Research For Evidence-based Teaching and Coherence in Learning
    EditorsConstantinos P. Constantinou, Nicos Papadouris, Angela Hadjigeorgiou
    Number of pages10
    Place of PublicationNicosia, Cyprus
    PublisherEuropean Science Education Research Association ESERA
    Publication date2014
    ISBN (Electronic)978-9963-700-77-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventEuropean science education research association conference - Nicosia, Cyprus
    Duration: 2 Sep 20137 Sep 2013
    Conference number: 10 (ESERA)

    Fields of Science

    • 516 Educational sciences

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