This book explores the ways in which small scale research studies arise from issues of practice, and how they are conceptualised, theorised and implemented using a variety of methodological approaches and frameworks. The narratives written by thirteen doctoral students tell real stories of projects and challenges that researchers face when making the transition from educational practitioner to researcher.
Considering case studies from the UK, Sweden and Germany, chapters seek to investigate and inform others about how doctoral students solved individual and typical problems linking practice and research. Each methodological journey highlights and illustrates the iterative and cyclic nature of research, and the normality of the process of going back and forth between data and theory, making changes of direction as research proceeds. The book includes frameworks for combining research, theory and practice, drawing from the methodological decisions and conclusions each contributor made to develop their own practice oriented research.
Narratives of Doctoral Studies in Science Education will be key reading for researchers and academics in the fields of educational research, science education, research methods and higher education, as well as masters and doctoral students undertaking their own research projects.
Editorial Introduction: Issues faced by doctoral students on their research journey Shirley Simon, Ilka Parchmann and Christina Ottander Part 1: Research-based Design Relocalisations and Renegotiations: Framing a project about science and gender in preschool Sofie Areljung. Teachers Learning from Young Children During a Cognitive Acceleration Programme Anne Robertson. Abilities of Participants at Students’ Science Competitions Christine Köhler. Studying Motivation in the Science Classroom Jenny M Hellgren. Exploring Learning Experiences and Meaning-making in Environmental and Sustainability Issues Annika Manni. The Lexical and Grammatical Structure of Science Examination Questions Adrian Day Part 2: Theory Led Design-based Research What do Students Think About Scientists and Their Professions? Wilfried Wentorf. How to Develop an Understanding for Chemistry? Investigating learning progressions for university entrants Julian Rudnik. Do We Really Know What Science is All About? Researchers’ and students’ perceptions of science Frederike Tirre. Finding and Elaborating Frameworks for Analysing Context-Based Chemistry Problems Karolina Broman Part 3: Practitioner led design-based research From ‘What’ to ‘How’: Researching students’ meaning-making in sustainability dilemmas Katarina Ottander. Line Graphs in Mathematics and Science: The use of different learning approaches Elizabeth Wady. Insights and Lessons from Primary Science Teachers’ Initial Professional Learning and Collaborative Practices in Questioning Tan Ying Chin Concluding Chapter Conclusions Shirley Simon, Christina Ottander and Ilka Parchman