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Willard, Ted; Pratt, Harold; Workosky, Cindy – Science Scope, 2012
This is an exciting time to be in science education. New science standards are being developed by a group of science educators from across the country, working with 26 states in a process managed by Achieve, Inc., a non-profit education reform organization. The development of the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS) promises to be the most…
Descriptors: Science Education, Feedback (Response), Educational Change, Academic Standards
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Dambekalns, Lydia; Medina-Jerez, William – Science Scope, 2012
All too often, subjects in schools present disjointed phenomena as a compilation of data or facts that seem isolated from students' lives. However, current science education pedagogy clearly emphasizes integration of knowledge and skills in real-world settings (NRC 2007). This integrated instructional approach addresses fundamental process skills…
Descriptors: Science Education, Art Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Science Instruction
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Farrin, Lynn; Mokros, Jan – Science Scope, 2012
Middle school students need to know about energy concepts and how they can reduce their energy use. New energy-monitoring tools provide powerful opportunities for students to engage in authentic investigations rich in the science practices described in "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" (NRC 2012), while at the same time advancing their…
Descriptors: Energy, Graphs, Middle School Students, Investigations
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Stephens, Karol – Science Scope, 2012
Establishing relevant applications for the science curriculum can be a challenge. However, the key that opens science for students is within a teacher's grasp: It is as simple as bringing science connections into his or her classroom through community resources and taking the students to the science that is available. The author encourages…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Curriculum Development, Learning Processes, Learning Experience
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Mayes, Robert; Koballa, Thomas R., Jr. – Science Scope, 2012
The vision for science education set forth in "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" (NRC 2012) makes it clear that for today's students to become the scientifically literate citizens of tomorrow their educational experiences must help them become mathematically proficient. "The focus here is on important practices, such as modeling, developing…
Descriptors: State Standards, Computers, Science Education, Scientific Literacy
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McGarry, Mary Ann; Straffon, Dan; Patterson, Chuck – Science Scope, 2012
The evolution of science is seldom about solitary individuals busy at work in labs making discoveries. This is especially true of the Earth sciences, where time-intensive fieldwork is usually required. Single scientists are rarely capable of amassing the requisite data sets to form grand, unifying theories. This is the case with the new airburst…
Descriptors: Climate, Evidence, Action Research, Earth Science
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Scribner-MacLean, Michellle – Science Scope, 2012
The author discusses the different meanings of the words "prediction" and "hypothesis". Recognizing the difference can help students approach the inquiry experience in a way that teaches them to communicate their reasoning and rationales. Better understanding of these two terms can also help teachers create more effective assessments of process…
Descriptors: Prediction, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Concepts, Science Education
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Yin, Yue – Science Scope, 2012
Misconceptions about sinking and floating phenomena are some of the most challenging to overcome (Yin 2005), possibly because explaining sinking and floating requires students to understand challenging topics such as density, force, and motion. Two scientific principles are typically used in U.S. science curricula to explain sinking and floating:…
Descriptors: Science Education, Misconceptions, Scientific Principles, Physics
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Miranda, Rommel J.; Hermann, Ronald S. – Science Scope, 2012
Instructional inquiry models are curricular and instructional practices that can promote, facilitate, and engage students in scientific inquiry and science content. However, current, existing learning-cycle models do not specifically incorporate essential instructional teaching strategies that promote or document strong conceptual understanding…
Descriptors: Evidence, Teaching Methods, Science Education, Learner Engagement
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Schwols, Amitra; Miller, Kirsten Brush – Science Scope, 2012
Science teachers know that the mathematics concepts taught in the Common Core are critical for students' understanding of science. But what can a teacher do when his/her students lack the necessary mathematics skills to master science content? There may be other reasons besides students not paying attention in their math courses. Maybe the…
Descriptors: Science Education, Mathematics Skills, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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Ende, Fred – Science Scope, 2012
Ask students to name the aspects of science class they enjoy most, and working on labs will undoubtedly be mentioned. What often won't be included, however, is writing lab reports. For many students, the process of exploration and data collection is paramount, while the explanation and analysis of findings often takes a backseat. After all, if…
Descriptors: Ecology, Scientific Literacy, Science Education, Science Laboratories
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Wilcox, Jesse; Kruse, Jerrid – Science Scope, 2012
Although inquiry is more engaging and results in more meaningful learning (Minner, Levy, and Century 2010) than traditional science classroom instruction, actually involving students in the process is difficult. Furthermore, many students have misconceptions about Earth's seasons, which are supported by students' prior knowledge of heat sources.…
Descriptors: Investigations, Prior Learning, Misconceptions, Science Instruction
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Ward, R. Bruce; Miller-Friedmann, Jaimie; Sienkiewicz, Frank; Antonucci, Paul – Science Scope, 2012
Less than a century ago, astronomers began to unlock the cosmic distances within and beyond the Milky Way. Understanding the size and scale of the universe is a continuing, step-by-step process that began with the remarkably accurate measurement of the distance to the Moon made by early Greeks. In part, the authors have ITEAMS (Innovative…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Astronomy, Middle School Students, Science Education
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Dempsey, Christopher; Bodzin, Alec; Cirucci, Lori; Anastasio, David; Sahagian, Dork – Science Scope, 2012
In this article, the authors describe an investigative activity in which their eighth-grade students reconstructed past environmental change in the New England area using data from lake varves in central Vermont to examine evidence of climate change. The investigation uses an authentic paleoclimate record (Ridge 2011) from the Pleistocene epoch,…
Descriptors: Climate, Science Education, Grade 8, Environmental Education
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Morris, Rebecca – Science Scope, 2012
Students love field trips, and why shouldn't they? Field trips provide a break from the routine of the school day and an opportunity to learn from the world outside the classroom. Science and natural history museums are popular field-trip destinations, filled with a dizzying array of displays, and hands-on learning opportunities. The author…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Research Projects, Museums, Learning Experience
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