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Odden, Tor Ole B.; Russ, Rosemary S. – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Current science education reforms highlight the importance of students making sense of scientific ideas. While research has studied how to support sensemaking in classrooms, we still know very little about what drives students to pursue and persist in it on their own. In this article, we use a set of parallel case studies of undergraduate students…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Science Education, Comprehension, College Science
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Liu, Shu-Chiu – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Futures thinking, or foresight, is increasingly recognised as a key element in science and environmental education. We integrated a futures thinking activity into an undergraduate general science course in Taiwan by using an online thinking and discussion tool that provides scaffolding questions to help students think systematically about future…
Descriptors: Genetics, Biotechnology, Food, College Students
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Tretter, Thomas R.; Ardasheva, Yuliya; Morrison, Judith A.; Karin Roo, Anna – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
This study investigated ways to foster positive science attitudes among newcomer first-year middle school English learners (n = 79) under two conditions: (1) "Extended Science + Extended Literacy" (planetarium-based visualisations + vocabulary + comic and trade books) and (2) "Extended Science + Literacy" (planetarium-based…
Descriptors: Scientific Attitudes, Middle School Students, English Language Learners, Secondary School Science
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Hayes, Kathryn N.; Wheaton, Mele; Tucker, Deborah – Environmental Education Research, 2019
The environmental education (EE) field has encountered persistent challenges in fostering the integration of EE practices in public schools, a challenge that may be addressed through integration of EE with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in the United States. In addition to the potential for fostering EE, the integration of EE and…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teaching Methods, Environmental Education, Faculty Development
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Chu, Man-Wai; Leighton, Jacqueline P. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
Digitally simulated laboratory assessments (DSLAs) may be used to measure competencies such as problem solving and scientific inquiry because they provide an environment that allows the process of learning to be captured. These assessments provide many benefits that are superior to traditional hands-on laboratory tasks; as such, it is important to…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Science Laboratories, Formative Evaluation, Feedback (Response)
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De Leo-Winkler, M. A.; Wilson, G.; Green, W.; Chute, L.; Henderson, E.; Mitchell, T. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
The Deaf have often been overlooked when designing informal STEM education and public outreach activities. Astronomers at UC Riverside and teachers at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CSDR), have designed an astronomy workshop aimed specifically for the Deaf using the school's on-site sound lab. We have used astronomy for this…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Deafness, Workshops, Acoustics
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Williams, Tory; Singer, Jonathan; Krikorian, Jacqueline; Rakes, Christopher; Ross, Julia – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
The present study examined changes in high school biology and technology education pedagogy during the first year of a three-year professional development (PD) program using the INSPIRES educative curriculum. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) calls for the integration of science and engineering through inquiry-based pedagogy that shifts…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Design, STEM Education, Secondary School Science
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Seah, Ying Ying; Magana, Alejandra J. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
Experimentation is one of the important strategies used in engineering design to understand the relationship between relevant variables so that they can be manipulated to generate optimized solution for a particular problem or design. The understanding of students' experimentation strategies allows educators to help students improve their design…
Descriptors: Science Education, Experiments, Engineering Education, Computer Assisted Design
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Martin, Kit; Horn, Michael; Wilensky, Uri – Informatics in Education, 2019
This paper describes visitor interaction with an interactive tabletop game on the topic of evolutionary adaptations of social insects that we designed in collaboration with a large American museum. We observed visitors playing the game and talked to them about the experience. The game explores the emergent phenomena of ant behavior. Research has…
Descriptors: Incidence, Schemata (Cognition), Museums, Animal Behavior
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Hoffman, Adam J.; Kurtz-Costes, Beth – Educational Psychology, 2019
U.S. national data show that American Indians earn lower math and science scores than other ethnic/racial groups. In the current study, a brief, self-affirmation intervention was aimed at increasing science motivational beliefs in American Indian middle school students (n = 212, M[subscript age] = 12.7 years). Students, each read a biography of a…
Descriptors: Intervention, American Indian Students, Middle School Students, Ethnicity
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Skipper, Yvonne; de Carvalho, Eloise – Educational Forum, 2019
Women are underrepresented in science careers. To overcome this, it is important to explore how to encourage girls to continue to study science. This intervention involved girls aged 12-14 attending interactive science sessions at a university. Girls completed questionnaires before and after the session. Through the intervention, girls became more…
Descriptors: Females, Womens Education, Academic Persistence, Science Education
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Peterson, Kaitlin; Stone, Brian Andrew – International Journal of the Whole Child, 2019
The authors of this paper discuss the use of Virtual Reality (VR) as a tool for building meaningful connections in science education across different grade levels. The authors elaborate on their experiences with using VR in teacher training programs, in practicum and student teaching experiences, and in providing a professional development…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Leadership Training, Computer Simulation, Science Education
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Angwal, Yaki Akawo; Saat, Rohaida Mohd; Sathasivam, Renuka V. – Malaysian Online Journal of Educational Sciences, 2019
Integrated STEM education holds the promise for students' meaningful science instruction. However, the implementation of integrated STEM-based approaches for science learning might be difficult for teachers due to the lack of expertise and instructional materials. Therefore, this study focused on the preparation and validation of an integrated…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Instruction, Secondary School Students, STEM Education
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Kolitsky, Michael A. – Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities, 2019
The geologic method of stratigraphy which studies the structure of the earth by making layers was employed with 3D laser cutting techniques to make more easily defined tactile regions in templates of cells, tissues and anatomic regions containing muscles and bones. Templates were made audio responsive by hand-drilling a small hole in a template…
Descriptors: Science Education, Tactual Perception, Stimuli, Teaching Methods
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Krist, Christina; Schwarz, Christina V.; Reiser, Brian J. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2019
Mechanistic reasoning, or reasoning systematically through underlying factors and relationships that give rise to phenomena, is a powerful thinking strategy that allows one to explain and make predictions about phenomena. This article synthesizes and builds on existing frameworks to identify essential characteristics of students' mechanistic…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Heuristics, Epistemology, Middle School Students
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