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Leuchter, Miriam; Naber, Britta – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2019
Attention to core concepts in science and engineering in early education has grown recently, and understanding levers as force amplifiers can be recognized as one of these. Previous studies focused on two-sided levers and do not provide sufficient information about children's knowledge of levers as force amplifiers, nor about their learning and…
Descriptors: Science Education, Physics, Engineering Education, Knowledge Level
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Gere, Anne Ruggles; Limlamai, Naitnaphit; Wilson, Emily; MacDougall Saylor, Kate; Pugh, Raymond – Written Communication, 2019
This systematic review of 46 published articles investigates the constructs employed and the meanings assigned to writing in writing-to-learn assignments given to students in science courses. Using components of assignments associated with the greatest learning gains--meaning making, clear expectations, interactive writing processes, and…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Science Instruction, Metacognition, Writing Processes
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Rodriguez-Mojica, Claudia – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This qualitative study examined how specific instructional supports intended to scaffold emergent bilinguals' oral production of explanations facilitated or constrained students' attempts to explain. Findings demonstrate that explanations were very rarely produced, and when they were produced, the explanations were not particularly informative.…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Oral Language, Teaching Methods, Language Usage
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Verran, Joanna; Redfern, James; Moravej, Haleh; Adebola, Yvonne – Journal of Biological Education, 2019
A series of events was developed to engage audiences in discussion around the importance of microorganisms in the production of fermented foods, particularly through tasting. The events were designed to attract different audiences: families attending a science museum; families in their community space; and adults in different informal eating…
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Food, Museums, Family (Sociological Unit)
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Tiainen, Tarja; Berki, Eleni – Studies in Higher Education, 2019
Women's under-representation in the fields of science and technology is strong; both in software houses and academic posts. We focus on the academic field by gender sensitive analysis of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) academics. The general picture given by statistics' meta-analyses illustrates male dominance even in Finland, which…
Descriptors: Gender Bias, Science Education, Technology Education, Information Technology
Vahey, Phil; Vidiksis, Regan; Adair, Alexandra – American Educator, 2019
Turning everyday activities such as baking into scientific activities is more than just fun: it is important for our children's futures. Science investigations provide an opportunity for children to learn about scientific concepts and listen to their peers, family, and community members, and to respond to their questions or ideas. It also provides…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Interests, Learning Activities, Parent Role
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Lerach, David G.; Yestness, Nissa R. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
An in-class case study is presented for use in a liberal arts core extreme weather course, designed to foster science literacy, appreciation, and critical thinking skills in nonscience majors. Students are ultimately shown the critical importance of the physical sciences in their daily lives and encouraged to consider STEM (science, technology,…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Weather, Scientific Literacy, Critical Thinking
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Butera, Brett; Esser, Scott – Science Teacher, 2019
Citizen science can provide insightful data to inform decisions, while also serving to enhance ecological awareness and foster environmental stewardship among participants. In this article, high school student citizen scientists investigate how trees respond to changing mountain climate during a field trip to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) to…
Descriptors: Forestry, Science Education, Scientists, Conservation (Environment)
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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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Trautman, Nancy; Manker, Jeff; Mitchell, Kiandra; Kahler, Phil – Science Teacher, 2019
In the 1990s, classes throughout the United States began participating in Classroom FeederWatch, sending data on birds they had seen at feeders in their schoolyards to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The launch of eBird in 2002 opened up new possibilities for submitting data on all types of bird species, allowing users to record and upload…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Animals, Ornithology
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Rodriguez, Shelly; Allen, Kelli; Harron, Jason; Qadri, Syeda Ayesha – Science Teacher, 2019
Inquiry-based teaching aims to increase student engagement through the development of the hands-on, minds-on skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration, and communication, needed for the 21st century (The Partnership for 21st Century Skills 2015). This approach respects the complexities of the learning process, values the knowledge and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Active Learning
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Roseth, Cary J.; Lee, You-kyung; Saltarelli, William A. – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2019
Jigsaw is a peer learning procedure based on the assumption that making "children treat each other as resources" (Aronson & Patnoe, 2011, p. 8) stimulates cooperation among equals. Using a short-term, longitudinal experimental design in 14 sections of an undergraduate human anatomy laboratory, we contrasted this perspective with the…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Peer Teaching, Social Psychology, Interpersonal Competence
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Merricks, Jessica; Lankford, Deanna – Science and Children, 2019
For some elementary science teachers, a unit on land and water brings nightmares of dirt and water all over the room. Several Earth science "kits" contain hands-on exercises that allow the students to "get messy" as they manipulate materials; however, these lessons may lack the necessary opportunities for students to ask unique…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Science Education, Relevance (Education)
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Duda, Hilarius Jago; Susilo, Herawati; Newcombe, Peter – International Journal of Instruction, 2019
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a constructivist learning with the potential to enhance students' science process skill. The implementation of PBL has revealed many advantages, however, a free exploration from a highly complex environment may result in a heavier workload of memory. Accordingly, practicum method can be used to overcome the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethnicity, Science Process Skills, Problem Based Learning
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Yanto, Bagus Endri; Subali, Bambang; Suyanto, Slamet – International Journal of Instruction, 2019
The purpose of this research is to develop measurement instrument of scientific reasoning tests for biology education students. The research method used the development stage of the instrument based on the test development procedure according to Oriondo & Dallo-Antonio including: (1) design of test, (2) trial test, (3) determination of…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Tests, Test Construction, Science Education
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