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Journal of Geography, 2018
This article presents the findings of a study to determine the degree of consistency in what is taught and learned in high school and college-level introductory courses in geographic information science and technology (GIS&T). A content analysis identified sixteen topics that are generally representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities…
Descriptors: Geographic Information Systems, Introductory Courses, Technology Integration, Content Analysis
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Godwin, Allison; Potvin, Geoff – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2017
This manuscript reports a longitudinal case study of how one woman, Sara, who had previously considered dropping out of high school, authored strong mathematics and science identities and purposefully exhibited agency through her experiences in high school science. These experiences empowered her to choose an engineering major in college; however,…
Descriptors: Case Studies, High School Students, Educational Experience, Engineering Education
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Phillips, Jeffrey A. – Physics Teacher, 2016
While entropy is often described as "disorder," it is better thought of as a measure of how spread out energy is within a system. To illustrate this interpretation of entropy to introductory college or high school students, several activities have been created. Students first study the relationship between microstates and macrostates to…
Descriptors: Energy, College Students, High School Students, Teaching Methods
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Sokoloff, David R. – Physics Teacher, 2016
There is considerable evidence that traditional approaches are ineffective in teaching physics concepts, including light and optics concepts. A major focus of the work of the Activity Based Physics Group has been on the development of active learning curricula like RealTime Physics (RTP) labs and Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILDs). Among…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Learning Strategies, Light, Optics
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Hudson, Reuben; Glaisher, Samuel; Bishop, Alexandra; Katz, Jeffrey L. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
A multiple day activity for students to create large-scale plastic objects from the biopolymer chitin (major component of lobster, crab, and shrimp shells) is described. The plastic objects created are durable and made from benign materials, making them suitable for students to take home to play with. Since the student-created plastic objects are…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Biotechnology, Science Materials, Introductory Courses
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Hoffman, Adam; Turner, Ken – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
A multipart laboratory activity introducing microbeads was created to meet engineering and engineering design practices consistent with new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Microbeads are a current topic of concern as they have been found to cause adverse impacts in both marine and freshwater systems resulting in multiple states proposing…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Educational Experiments, Investigations, Engineering Education
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Huwe, Paul; Field, Scott – Physics Teacher, 2015
Recent and exciting discoveries in astronomy and cosmology have inspired many high school students to learn about these fields. A particularly fascinating consequence of general relativity at the forefront of modern cosmology research is gravitational lensing, the bending of light rays that pass near massive objects. Gravitational lensing enables…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Physics, Astronomy, High School Students
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Lynch, Kathleen; Star, Jon R. – Mathematical Thinking and Learning: An International Journal, 2014
Despite extensive scholarship about the importance of teaching mathematics with multiple strategies in the elementary grades, there has been relatively little discussion of this practice in the middle and high school levels or in the context of introductory algebra. This article begins our exploration of this practice by addressing the following…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Mathematics Instruction, Educational Strategies, Teaching Methods
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Gwartney, James – Journal of Economic Education, 2012
Advanced Placement economics leaves thousands of high school students with a misleading impression of modern economics. The courses fail to cover key sources of growth and prosperity, including private ownership, dynamic competition, and entrepreneurship. The tools of public choice economics are totally ignored. Government is modeled as a…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement, Economics Education, Fundamental Concepts, Course Content
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Howard, Jay R. – Teaching Sociology, 2010
The teaching and learning movement in sociology in general and within the American Sociological Association specifically has a surprisingly long history. This history can be divided into three periods of activity: early efforts (1905 to 1960), innovation and implementation (1960 to 1980), and the institutionalization of gains (1980 to 2009).…
Descriptors: Sociology, Educational Development, Educational History, Introductory Courses