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McDonald, Scott; Bateman, Kathryn; Gall, Helen; Tanis-Ozcelik, Arzu; Webb, Aubree; Furman, Tanya – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Plate tectonics is the organizing paradigm of geosciences, but it is also conceptually complex, and students often struggle with developing a system level understanding of the earth. This article reports on research designed to create a characterization of the different levels of sophistication around plate tectonics in the form of a learning…
Descriptors: Plate Tectonics, Earth Science, Grade 6, Grade 7
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Teasdale, Rachel; Ryker, Katherine; Bitting, Kelsey – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
In response to calls for reformed teaching practices in college STEM labs and courses, and to support graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) in their general teaching responsibilities, other STEM disciplines have recently increased their focus on GTA training and preparation. However, current practices in GTA training in the geosciences and…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Earth Science, Science Education
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Boesch, Brandon – Science & Education, 2019
It is widely argued that the skills of scientific expertise are tacit, meaning that they are difficult to study. In this essay, I draw on work from the philosophy of action about the nature of skills to show that there is another access point for the study of skills--namely, skill transmission in science education. I will begin by outlining…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Process Skills, Teaching Methods, Models
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Fasce, Angelo; Picó, Alfonso – Science & Education, 2019
In this study, we explore the relation between scientific literacy (knowledge about scientific theories, trust in science, and critical thinking) and unwarranted beliefs (pseudoscience, the paranormal and conspiracy theories). The results show heterogeneous interactions between six constructs: (1) conspiracy theories poorly interact with…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Correlation, Trust (Psychology), Critical Thinking
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Causton, Edward – Science & Education, 2019
In this article, I introduce Robert Brandom's inferentialism as an alternative to common representational interpretations of constructivism in science education. By turning our attention away from the representational role of conceptual contents and toward the norms governing their use in inferences, we may interpret knowledge as a capacity to…
Descriptors: Inferences, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Energy
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Bhakthavatsalam, Sindhuja – Science & Education, 2019
Teaching false theories goes against the general pedagogical and philosophical belief that we must only teach and learn what is true. In general, the goal of pedagogy is taken to be epistemic: to gain knowledge and avoid ignorance. In this article, I argue that for realists and antirealists alike, epistemological and pedagogical goals have to come…
Descriptors: Theories, Teaching Methods, Educational Philosophy, Science Instruction
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Wong, Victoria; Dillon, Justin – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Mathematical reasoning and tools are intrinsic to science, yet the close and dependent relationship science has to mathematics is not reflected in either school education or science education research. This paper asks what the barriers are to a mutually beneficial relationship between the two disciplines. A two-phase qualitative interview study…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Education
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Quigley, Cassie F.; Beeman-Cadwallader, Nicole; Carter, Ingrid S. – International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), 2019
In this paper, the authors illustrate the impacts of their cross-cultural research in Africa, on their current work in science and STEM education. Through the examination of two research projects in cross-cultural settings in Africa, the authors explore the lasting impacts of this type of work. Specifically, through the use of Critical Personal…
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Personal Narratives, STEM Education, Feminism
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Tembrevilla, Gerald; Milner-Bolotin, Marina – Physics Education, 2019
This paper describes how future physics teachers' involvement in annual Family Math and Science Day--a public outreach event at the University of British Columbia, Canada--has a potential to transform them as physics demonstration experts and amateur video producers. These science demonstration videos serve as teaching and learning resources not…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Physics
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Shein, Paichi Pat; Swinkels, David; Chen, Chi-Chen – Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 2019
"Science for all" is a global educational pursuit; however, the realities in formal science education show that it is a goal still challenged by inequitable outcomes that are marked by gender, race/ethnicity, language, culture, and socioeconomic status. Whether these inequities persist in the informal settings still remained a question…
Descriptors: Science Education, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Science Teachers
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Dani, Danielle – Middle School Journal, 2019
This article discusses how a place-based approach to middle-level science teacher education prepares middle grades teacher candidates to leverage local culture and community to create interdisciplinary and relevant curriculum for all middle grades students. The article describes evidence-based strategies that capitalize on local place and…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Place Based Education, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Fujiwara, Yujiro; Hite, Rebecca; Wygant, Heather; Paulsen, Susan – Childhood Education, 2019
Innovative education approaches include citizen science projects that allow students to participate in locally relevant scientific work, connecting content to the real world. Global collaboration provides students with a broader perspective on local issues, allowing students to become more globally aware.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Global Approach, International Cooperation, Science Education
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Tokan, Moses Kopong; Imakulata, Mbing Maria – South African Journal of Education, 2019
The purpose of this study is to determine the direct effect of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation on learning behaviour; the direct effect of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and learning behavioural on learning achievement; the indirect effect of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation from learned behaviour to learning achievement; and the…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Education, College Students, Incentives
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Atasoy, Volkan; Cakiroglu, Jale – Educational Studies, 2019
This study investigated how preservice teachers develop collective efficacy when preparing lesson plans for a science methods course, and how this collective efficacy changed over time. The data were collected from four preservice science teachers working in a group to fulfil the requirements of the course. Findings revealed that four factors,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Self Efficacy
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Slominski, Tara; Grindberg, Sarah; Momsen, Jennifer – Advances in Physiology Education, 2019
Human Anatomy and Physiology (HAP) has long been recognized as a difficult course. A 2007 study (Michael J. "Adv Physiol Educ" 31: 34-40, 2007) sought to better understand this difficulty by asking faculty for their perceptions of why students struggle to learn in HAP. Later research built on these findings by investigating why students…
Descriptors: Physiology, Replication (Evaluation), Learning Problems, Anatomy
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