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Arias, Anna Maria; Bismack, Amber Schultz; Davis, Elizabeth A.; Palincsar, Annemarie Sullivan – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2016
New reform documents underscore the importance of learning both the practices and content of science. This integration of practices and content requires sophisticated teaching that does not often happen in elementary classrooms. Educative curriculum materials--materials explicitly designed to support teacher and student learning--have been posited…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Development
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Tomas, Louisa; Rigano, Donna; Ritchie, Stephen M. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2016
Research aimed at understanding the role of the affective domain in student learning in classrooms has undergone a recent resurgence due to the need to understand students' affective response to science instruction. In a case study of a year 8 science class in North Queensland, students worked in small groups to write, film, edit, and produce…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 8, Emotional Response, Self Control
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Kane, Justine M. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2016
The goal of this study is to bring the voices of African American boys front and center in science education research in an effort to strengthen our understandings of their experiences of school and science. Using an interpretivist perspective within a narrative inquiry approach, I focus on the student and science-student identities two African…
Descriptors: African Americans, Males, Science Education, Educational Research
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Zhang, Ying – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2016
This article reports the results of an ethnographic research about the multimodal science discourse in a sixth-grade sheltered classroom involving English Language Learners (ELLs) only. Drawing from the perspective of multimodality, this study examines how science learning is constructed in science lectures through multiple semiotic resources,…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, Grade 6, Ethnography
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Mulvey, Bridget K.; Chiu, Jennifer L.; Ghosh, Rajlakshmi; Bell, Randy L. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2016
Special education teachers provide critical science instruction to students. However, little research investigates special education teacher beliefs and practices around science in general or the nature of science and inquiry in particular. This investigation is a cross-case analysis of four elementary special education teachers' initial…
Descriptors: Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Science Instruction, Teacher Attitudes
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Nielsen, Wendy; Hoban, Garry – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2015
This research studied a group of three preservice elementary teachers creating a narrated stop-motion animation (Slowmation) from start to finish in 3?hours to explain the challenging concept of "phases of the moon" to elementary school children. The research questions investigated the preservice teachers' learning before and after the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Animation
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Archer, Louise; DeWitt, Jennifer; Willis, Beatrice – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2014
There is widespread international concern about post-16 participation rates in science, with women's under-representation constituting a particular issue. This paper contributes to these debates through a novel, critical examination of the role of masculinity within boys' negotiations of science aspirations. Drawing on a UK longitudinal study of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adolescents, Preadolescents, Males
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Tal, Tali; Morag, Orly – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2013
In this case-study, we present a longitudinal study of one elementary (grades 1-6) school's environmental education (EE) in order to understand the ways in which the school culture supports outdoor EE as a critical component of their science education program. The school, which was known for its school-based EE curriculum that encompasses an…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Longitudinal Studies, Elementary Schools, Environmental Education
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Zangori, Laura; Forbes, Cory T.; Biggers, Mandy – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2013
While research has shown that elementary (K-5) students are capable of engaging in the scientific practice of explanation construction, commonly-used elementary science curriculum materials may not always afford them opportunities to do so. As a result, elementary teachers must often adapt their science curriculum materials to better support…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Development
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Tao, Ying; Oliver, Mary; Venville, Grady – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2013
Set in the context of today's globalized approaches to curriculum reform, the purpose of this study was to compare the teaching and learning of science in Chinese and Australian Grade 6 classrooms. A conceptual framework based on notions of culture and socioeconomic status informed the research design. Case study participants were three teachers…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Learning Activities, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Chen, Sufen; Chang, Wen-Hua; Lieu, Sang-Chong; Kao, Huey-Lien; Huang, Mao-Tsai; Lin, Shu-Fen – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2013
This study developed an empirically based questionnaire to monitor young learners' conceptions of nature of science (NOS). The questionnaire, entitled Students' Ideas about Nature of Science (SINOS), measured views on theory-ladenness, use of creativity and imagination, tentativeness of scientific knowledge, durability of scientific knowledge,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Scientific Attitudes, Childhood Attitudes
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Donnelly, Dermot F.; Namdar, Bahadir; Vitale, Jonathan M.; Lai, Kevin; Linn, Marcia C. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2016
In this study, we explore how two different prompt types within an online computer-based inquiry learning environment enhance 392 7th grade students' explanations of evolution with three teachers. In the "elaborating" prompt condition, students are prompted to write explanations that support the accepted theory of evolution. In the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Evolution, Cues, Grade 7
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Vedder-Weiss, Dana; Fortus, David – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2012
This is a mix methods follow-up study in which we reconfirm the findings from an earlier study [Vedder-Weiss & Fortus [2011] "Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 48(2)", 199-216]. The findings indicate that adolescents' declining motivation to learn science, which was found in many previous studies [Galton [2009] "Moving to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mixed Methods Research, Replication (Evaluation), Adolescents
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Walls, Leon – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2012
This study examined the nature of science (NOS) views of lower elementary grade level students, including their views of scientists. Participants were 23 third-grade African American students from two Midwest urban settings. A multiple instrument approach using an open-ended questionnaire, semi-structured interviews, a modified version of the…
Descriptors: Grade 3, African American Students, African American Children, Elementary School Students
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Noble, Tracy; Suarez, Catherine; Rosebery, Ann; O'Connor, Mary Catherine; Warren, Beth; Hudicourt-Barnes, Josiane – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2012
Education policy in the U.S. in the last two decades has emphasized large-scale assessment of students, with growing consequences for schools, teachers, and students. Given the high stakes of such tests, it is important to understand the relationships between students' answers to test items and their knowledge and skills in the tested content…
Descriptors: Testing, Science Tests, Second Language Learning, Measures (Individuals)
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