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Herrmann-Abell, Cari F.; DeBoer, George E. – Grantee Submission, 2016
Understanding students' misconceptions and how they change is an essential part of supporting students in their science learning. This paper presents results from distractor-driven multiple-choice assessments that target students' misconceptions about energy. Over 20,000 elementary, middle and high school students from across the U.S. participated…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Probability, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students
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Herrmann-Abell, Cari F.; DeBoer, George E. – Grantee Submission, 2016
Energy is a core concept in the teaching of science. Therefore, it is important to know how students' thinking about energy develops so that elementary, middle, and high school students can be appropriately supported in their understanding of energy. This study tests the validity of a proposed theoretical model of students' growth of understanding…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Science Tests, Scientific Concepts, Energy
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Herrmann Abell, Cari F.; DeBoer, George E. – Grantee Submission, 2015
Energy plays a central role in our society, so it is essential that all citizens understand what energy is and how it moves and changes form. However, research has shown that students of all ages have difficulty understanding these abstract concepts. This paper presents a summary of elementary, middle, and high school students' understanding of…
Descriptors: Energy, Science Education, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students
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Fonger, Nicole L.; Stephens, Ana; Blanton, Maria; Knuth, Eric – Grantee Submission, 2015
We detail a learning progressions approach to early algebra research and how existing work around learning progressions and trajectories in mathematics and science education has informed our development of a four-component theoretical framework consisting of: a curricular progression of learning goals across big algebraic ideas; an instructional…
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Curriculum, Educational Objectives