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Elam, Mark; Solli, Anne; Mäkitalo, Åsa – Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2019
What are the current challenges and opportunities for bringing actor-network theory (ANT) into issues-based science education? This article discusses experiences gained from introducing an educational version of ANT deploying digital technology into an upper secondary school science class. This teaching innovation, called "controversy…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science and Society, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Concept Mapping
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Noei, Nima; Imani, Iman Mohammadi; Wilson, Lee D.; Azizian, Saeid – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
A low-cost and simple setup to measure the densities of liquids is introduced herein. The results and reliability of this setup were evaluated for pure liquids, water-ethanol binary mixtures, and aqueous NaCl solutions. The constructed densitometer provided density values with acceptable relative errors (less than ±3.0%), which were compared to…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Education, Science Instruction, Laboratory Experiments
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Lee, Okhee; Llosa, Lorena; Grapin, Scott; Haas, Alison; Goggins, Marcelle – Science Education, 2019
The purpose of this study is to present a conceptual framework that integrates science and language learning for all students, including English learners (ELs). This framework is grounded in the mutually supportive nature of science instructional shifts, spurred by "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" (National Research Council,…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Guidelines
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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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Smith, Caroline; Fitzallen, Noleine; Watson, Jane; Wright, Suzie – Teaching Science, 2019
STEM education is becoming more common in schools and provides a range of exciting real-world contexts in which students can engage. However, a gap in most approaches to STEM remains the collection and use of data that can be used concurrently to develop statistical literacy and science literacy. This paper describes a STEM activity carried out…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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Tate, Kathleen; Doyle, Colin; Messina, Daniela; Warnecke, Brian; DePriter, Tiffany; Brillhart, Daniel – Science and Children, 2018
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) (2014) sets forth that children learning science and engineering practices in the early years lays "the foundation for a progression of science learning in K-12 settings and throughout their entire lives." So, it is important to build upon children's natural curiosities and expose them to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Metallurgy, Grade 5, Academically Gifted
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Milner-Bolotin, Marina – Physics Teacher, 2018
Effective physics teaching requires extensive knowledge of physics, relevant pedagogies, and modern educational technologies that can support student learning. Acquiring this knowledge is a challenging task, considering how fast modern technologies and expectations of student learning outcomes and of teaching practices are changing Therefore…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Documentation
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Affeldt, Fiona; Eilks, Ingo – School Science Review, 2018
Social media are a highly visible factor in the daily lives of our students. Why should teachers not take advantage of this and develop teaching and learning materials that use the designs found in such media to contextualise science learning? This article suggests some ideas for creating lab instructions using social media design as an innovative…
Descriptors: Internet, Social Media, Instructional Design, Science Instruction
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Madden, Lauren – Educational Forum, 2018
Science, as enterprise and epistemology, has been politicized. This essay recounts one science teacher educator's perspective and experience on this politicization of science and describes the necessity for preservice and practicing teachers to understand the nature and process of science. The role of teachers in advocating for science is clearly…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Teacher Educators
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Engel, Alison; Lucido, Kathryn; Cook, Kyla – Childhood Education, 2018
We can support students' deep engagement with content through innovative delivery. The techniques developed at the Field Museum in Chicago to share science knowledge through storytelling can provide inspiration for both formal and informal educators.
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Story Telling
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Gross, Lisa; Fitts, Shanan; Quadrini, Valerie; Ramirez, Breanna M. – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2018
English learners (ELs) benefit from inquiry-based science instruction that includes explicit attention to language learning goals. The purpose of this article is to share a third-grade unit on forces and motion which integrates science inquiry and writing in science notebooks with the goal of developing ELs' engagement in science, conceptual…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, English Language Learners, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction
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Bergman, Daniel J. – Science and Children, 2017
Classroom implementation of the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013) does not necessarily require complete curricular overhaul. In many cases, teachers can review previously used lessons with respect to the "NGSS," evaluate alignment, and make subsequent modifications. One science activity the author has…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Education, Classification, Accuracy
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Haglund, Jesper – Science & Education, 2017
Entropy is often introduced to students through the use of the disorder metaphor. However, many weaknesses and limitations of this metaphor have been identified, and it has therefore been argued that it is more harmful than useful in teaching. For instance, under the influence of the disorder metaphor, students tend to focus on spatial…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Figurative Language, Language Usage, Misconceptions
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Schappe, R. Scott; Barbosa, Cinthya – Physics Teacher, 2017
Acoustic levitation uses a resonant ultrasonic standing wave to suspend small objects; it is used in a variety of research disciplines, particularly in the study of phase transitions and materials susceptible to contamination, or as a stabilization mechanism in microgravity environments. The levitation equipment used for such research is quite…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Physics
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Lund, Daniel; Dietz, Eric; Zou, Xueli; Ard, Christopher; Lee, Jaydie; Kaneshiro, Chris; Blanton, Robert; Sun, Steven – Physics Teacher, 2017
An essential laboratory exercise for our lower-division electromagnetism course involves the measurement of Earth's local magnetic field from the emf induced in a rotating coil of wire. Although many methods exist for the measurement of Earth's field, this one gives our students some practical experience with Faraday's law. The apparatus we had…
Descriptors: Research Design, Data Analysis, Engines, Science Education
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