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Shin, Namsoo; Choi, Sung-Youn; Stevens, Shawn Y.; Krajcik, Joseph S. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
A coherent curriculum that clearly defines sets of ideas that build upon one another to meet desired learning goals can successfully support the development of meaningful understanding across time. This study explores the influence of a coherent curriculum as a systematic approach to aligning and sequencing specific ideas to support students in…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Instructional Materials, Student Attitudes
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Ge, Yun-Ping; Yang, Hsiuting – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
Arrows are recognized as efficient visual elements in conveying location, direction, connection, and process because the shape is thought to have an immediate, common sense impact on viewers. However, the results of our prior quantitative study did not support the assumed effects of arrows in reading energy pyramid diagrams. The current study…
Descriptors: Energy, Visual Aids, Semiotics, Comprehension
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Kiran, Dekant; Sungur, Semra; Yerdelen, Sündüs – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
The purpose of this study was to investigate the student and teacher-level predictors of Turkish middle school students' engagement in science classes. Students' engagement was examined in terms of agentic, behavioral, cognitive, and emotional engagement. The participants of the study were 134 Turkish science teachers and their 3394 grade 7…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Motivation, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers
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Guzey, S. Selcen; Ring-Whalen, Elizabeth A.; Harwell, Michael; Peralta, Yadira – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
The emphasis of reform-oriented science education today focuses on engineering integration in K-12 science classrooms. However, there is little research, particularly longitudinal research, on how different approaches to engineering integration influence student learning and interest. To address this gap in the literature, this study analyzed a…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, Secondary School Science
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Hsu, Pi-Sui; Lee, Eric Monsu; Ginting, Silvia; Smith, Thomas J.; Kraft, Carol – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
The purposes of this qualitative case study were to describe the design and the development of a maker-centered learning environment and curriculum by an interdisciplinary team, and to explore how an after-school program that incorporated Maker education and scientific argumentation influenced middle school youths' attitudes toward science in the…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, STEM Education, Scientific Attitudes, Middle School Students
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Ke, Fengfeng; Clark, Kathleen M.; Uysal, Seyda – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
In this design-based research project, we investigated how and to what extent participating in architectural building and problem solving via a simulation game-based learning platform (called E-Rebuild) would facilitate mathematical practices of middle-school students in the informal learning setting. This study encompasses 2 iterative design…
Descriptors: Architecture, Educational Games, Building Design, Mathematics Education
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Tas, Yasemin; Aksoy, Gökhan; Cengiz, Ekrem – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This study investigates the effect of design-based science (DBS) instruction on students' learning of electrical energy and students' metacognitive strategy use in science. Two classes of seventh-grade students participated in the study. DBS instruction was used in the treatment group, while the comparison group was taught the unit with…
Descriptors: Design, Science Education, Science Instruction, Energy
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Gómez, David Maximiliano; Dartnell, Pablo – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
The present study uses a short, computerized task to investigate individual differences among middle school students in terms of the intuitions and strategies that they use to compare fractions. To tap into their intuitions about fractions, students were presented with pairs of fractions on the screen for a limited time of 10 s. Fraction pairs to…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Fractions, Mathematics Instruction