home - login - register

Journal Article Detail Page

Research in Science Education
written by Lin Ding, Xin Wei, and Xiufeng Liu
This study investigates three aspects--university major, year, and institution type--in relation to student scientific reasoning. Students from three majors (science, engineering, and education), four year levels (years 1 through 4), and two tiers of Chinese universities (tiers 1 and 2) participated in the study. A large-scale written assessment was conducted using the Lawson's Classroom Test of Scientific Reasoning (LCTSR). A series of analysis of variance showed that, although science and engineering majors exhibited higher reasoning skills than education majors and first-tier university attendees higher than second-tier university attendees, student reasoning skills measured by the LCTSR remained nearly constant across the four year levels of higher education, a recurring pattern for all majors and university tiers. Results suggest that current higher education in China has little influence on student scientific reasoning, regardless of what students learn, how long they receive higher education, and what type of institutions they attend. Implications of the study call our attention to the status quo and urge us to rethink meaningful ways that can help students increase key proficiencies needed in scientific practices, such as successful reasoning skills.
Research in Science Education: Volume 46, Issue 5, Pages 613-632
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Instruments
- Cognition
= Cognition Development
- Sample Population
= School Setting
- Student Characteristics
= Skills
General Physics
- Scientific Reasoning
- Upper Undergraduate
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
PER-Central Type Intended Users Ratings
- PER Literature
- Researchers
- Professional/Practitioners
- Administrators
- Educators
  • Currently 0.0/5

Want to rate this material?
Login here!


Formats:
application/pdf
text/html
Access Rights:
Available by subscription and
Available for purchase
Restriction:
© 2016 Springer Nature B.V.
DOI:
10.1007/s11165-015-9473-y
Keyword:
Scientific reasoning assessment
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created February 24, 2022 by Adrian Madsen
Record Updated:
April 22, 2022 by Caroline Hall
Last Update
when Cataloged:
March 3, 2016
ComPADRE is beta testing Citation Styles!

Record Link
AIP Format
L. Ding, X. Wei, and X. Liu, , Res. Sci. Educ. 46 (5), 613 (2016), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1007/s11165-015-9473-y).
AJP/PRST-PER
L. Ding, X. Wei, and X. Liu, Variations in University Students’ Scientific Reasoning Skills Across Majors, Years, and Types of Institutions, Res. Sci. Educ. 46 (5), 613 (2016), <https://doi.org/10.1007/s11165-015-9473-y>.
APA Format
Ding, L., Wei, X., & Liu, X. (2016, March 3). Variations in University Students’ Scientific Reasoning Skills Across Majors, Years, and Types of Institutions. Res. Sci. Educ., 46(5), 613-632. Retrieved June 13, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1007/s11165-015-9473-y
Chicago Format
Ding, L, X. Wei, and X. Liu. "Variations in University Students’ Scientific Reasoning Skills Across Majors, Years, and Types of Institutions." Res. Sci. Educ. 46, no. 5, (March 3, 2016): 613-632, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11165-015-9473-y (accessed 13 June 2024).
MLA Format
Ding, Lin, Xin Wei, and Xiufeng Liu. "Variations in University Students’ Scientific Reasoning Skills Across Majors, Years, and Types of Institutions." Res. Sci. Educ. 46.5 (2016): 613-632. 13 June 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1007/s11165-015-9473-y>.
BibTeX Export Format
@article{ Author = "Lin Ding and Xin Wei and Xiufeng Liu", Title = {Variations in University Students’ Scientific Reasoning Skills Across Majors, Years, and Types of Institutions}, Journal = {Res. Sci. Educ.}, Volume = {46}, Number = {5}, Pages = {613-632}, Month = {March}, Year = {2016} }
Refer Export Format

%A Lin Ding %A Xin Wei %A Xiufeng Liu %T Variations in University Students' Scientific Reasoning Skills Across Majors, Years, and Types of Institutions %J Res. Sci. Educ. %V 46 %N 5 %D March 3, 2016 %P 613-632 %U https://doi.org/10.1007/s11165-015-9473-y %O application/pdf

EndNote Export Format

%0 Journal Article %A Ding, Lin %A Wei, Xin %A Liu, Xiufeng %D March 3, 2016 %T Variations in University Students' Scientific Reasoning Skills Across Majors, Years, and Types of Institutions %J Res. Sci. Educ. %V 46 %N 5 %P 613-632 %8 March 3, 2016 %U https://doi.org/10.1007/s11165-015-9473-y


Disclaimer: ComPADRE offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure. Please refer to the style manuals in the Citation Source Information area for clarifications.

Citation Source Information

The AIP Style presented is based on information from the AIP Style Manual.

The AJP/PRST-PER presented is based on the AIP Style with the addition of journal article titles and conference proceeding article titles.

The APA Style presented is based on information from APA Style.org: Electronic References.

The Chicago Style presented is based on information from Examples of Chicago-Style Documentation.

The MLA Style presented is based on information from the MLA FAQ.

Save to my folders

Contribute

Similar Materials