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50 Years of ERIC
The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is celebrating its 50th Birthday! First opened on May 15th, 1964 ERIC continues the long tradition of ongoing innovation and enhancement.

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Meyer, Xenia; Crawford, Barbara A. – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2011
Due to the growing number of students from populations underrepresented in the sciences, there is an intensified need to consider alternatives to traditional science instruction. Inquiry-based instructional approaches provide promise and possibility for engaging underrepresented students in the activities of science. However, inquiry-based…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Culturally Relevant Education, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction
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Capps, Daniel K.; Crawford, Barbara A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2013
Anecdotal accounts from science educators suggest that few teachers are teaching science as inquiry. However, there is little empirical evidence to support this claim. This study aimed to provide evidence-based documentation of the state-of-use of inquiry-based instruction and explicit instruction about nature of science (NOS). We examined the…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Direct Instruction, Science Instruction
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Crawford, Barbara A. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2007
This study examined the knowledge, beliefs and efforts of five prospective teachers to enact teaching science as inquiry, over the course of a one-year high school fieldwork experience. Data sources included interviews, field notes, and artifacts, as these prospective teachers engaged in learning how to teach science. Research questions included…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mentors, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teacher Attitudes
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Capps, Daniel K.; Crawford, Barbara A.; Constas, Mark A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2012
This review brings together the literature on inquiry-based teaching and learning and science teacher professional development (PD). We present a targeted critical review of research focused specifically on the nature of PD programs purported to emphasize inquiry. Our review analyzes the features of each program and critiques the reported outcomes…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Science Teachers, Professional Development, Inquiry
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Moebius-Clune, Bianca N.; Elsevier, Irka H.; Crawford, Barbara A.; Trautmann, Nancy M.; Schindelbeck, Robert R.; van Es, Harold M. – Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, 2011
Inquiry-based teaching helps students develop a deep, applied understanding of human-environmental connections, but most high school curricula do not use inquiry-based methods. Soil science topics, which are also generally lacking from curricula, can provide hands-on model systems for learning inquiry skills. We report on the implementation of a…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Soil Science, Scores
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Crawford, Barbara A.; Cullin, Michael J. – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
This study investigated prospective secondary science teachers' understandings of and intentions to teach about scientific modelling in the context of a model-based instructional module. Qualitative methods were used to explore the influence of instruction using dynamic computer modelling. Participants included 14 secondary science prospective…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Scientific Principles, Teacher Education, Science Instruction
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Crawford, Barbara A.; Zembal-Saul, Carla; Munford, Danusa; Friedrichsen, Patricia – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2005
This study addresses the need for research in three areas: (1) teachers' understandings of scientific inquiry; (2) conceptual understandings of evolutionary processes; and (3) technology-enhanced instruction using an inquiry approach. The purpose of this study was to determine in what ways "The Galapagos Finches" software-based materials created a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Technology, Computer Software, Metacognition
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Crawford, Barbara A. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2000
Examines the beliefs and practices of a high school biology teacher who developed an inquiry-based learning environment. Studies the process of day-to-day instruction, and analyzes classroom lessons and field trips to answer the question, How does a teacher establish an inquiry based learning environment? (Contains 36 references.) (YDS)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Ecology, Educational Environment, High Schools
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Schwartz, Renee S.; Lederman, Norman G.; Crawford, Barbara A. – Science Education, 2004
Reform efforts emphasize teaching science to promote contemporary views of the nature of science (NOS) and scientific inquiry. Within the framework of situated cognition, the assertion is that engagement in inquiry activities similar to those of scientists provides a learning context conducive to developing knowledge about the methods and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Seminars, Scientists, Secondary School Teachers
Crawford, Barbara A. – 1999
Recent science education reforms have advocated inquiry-based instruction in which teachers engage students in scientific investigations and problem-solving situations as an important strategy. This study describes the background and beliefs of a preservice teacher who appears above average in her ability to create and carry out inquiry-based…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Experience Programs
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Crawford, Barbara A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1999
Explains what inquiry-based science instruction means and points out the difficulty of creating this kind of instruction for teachers who are inexperienced in teaching. Presents a case study of a preservice teacher who explored whether it is realistic to expect preservice teachers to create and carry out an inquiry-based classroom. (Contains 38…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Preservice Teacher Education, Problem Solving
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Crawford, Barbara A. – Science Scope, 1998
Details a project in which students explore and study the poisons in their environment by asking and finding answers to their own research questions. Includes some suggestions for involving students successfully in inquiry-based learning. (DDR)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Elementary Secondary Education, General Science, Hands on Science
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Bell, Randy L.; Blair, Lesley M.; Crawford, Barbara A.; Lederman, Norman G. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2003
Explicates the impact of an 8-week science apprenticeship program on a group of high-ability secondary students' understanding of the nature of science and scientific inquiry. Reports that although most students did appear to gain knowledge about the process of scientific inquiry, their conceptions about key aspects of the nature of science…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Concept Formation, Engineering Education, Epistemology
Rubba, Peter A., Ed.; Rye, James A., Ed.; DiBiase, Warren J., Ed.; Crawford, Barbara A., Ed. – 2002
This document contains the proceedings of the 2002 Annual International Conference of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science which was held in Charlotte, North Carolina, January 10-13, 2002. Papers include: (1) "Teaching Science Methods Courses with Web-Enhanced Activities" (Alec M. Bodzin); (2) "How Is Your Lawnmower Working?…
Descriptors: Attitudes, Block Scheduling, Conference Papers, Elementary Secondary Education
Rubba, Peter A., Ed.; Rye, James A., Ed.; DiBiase, Warren J., Ed.; Crawford, Barbara A., Ed. – 2001
This document contains the proceedings of the 2001 Annual International Conference of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science which was held in Costa Mesa, California, January 18-21, 2001. Papers include: (1) "An Elementary Preservice Teacher's Search for Solutions about the Evolution-Divine Creation Question: The Story of Tracy"…
Descriptors: Attitudes, Block Scheduling, Conference Papers, Elementary Secondary Education
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