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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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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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Saribas, Deniz; Gonca Akdemir, Zeynep – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Today's world requires citizens to make informed decisions by critically evaluating evidence and alternative explanations. The purpose of this study was to explore pre-service elementary teachers' capability of building a model--evidence link, their evaluation levels on the topic of wetlands, and their evaluations of the trustworthiness of the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Visual Aids, Teaching Methods, Models
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Öberg, Gunilla; Campbell, Alice – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
There is an urgent need to strengthen undergraduate science students' epistemic knowledge, which requires having the scientists "qua" teachers on board. The divide between scientists' perceptions of science and the perceptions held by those who study science is in this context problematic. Even so, this remains a sorely understudied…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Foreign Countries
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Liu, Qing-Tang; Liu, Bo-Wei; Lin, Yu-Ren – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
The present study investigated the influence of two factors, namely, argumentation approach and students' prior knowledge on the learning of scientific concept and argumentation in descriptive and theoretical scientific concept-based topics. Four 7th grade science classes totalling 138 students participated and were assigned to four groups…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Cooperative Learning, Electronic Learning, Persuasive Discourse
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Gauthier, Andrea; Jantzen, Stuart; McGill, Gaël; Jenkinson, Jodie – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
This paper discusses the results of two experiments assessing undergraduate students' beliefs about the random nature of molecular environments. Experiment 1 involved the implementation of a pilot adaptive assessment (n = 773) and focus group discussions with undergraduate students enrolled in first- through third-year biology courses; experiment…
Descriptors: Molecular Biology, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Misconceptions
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Zukswert, Jenna M.; Barker, Megan K.; McDonnell, Lisa – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
The excessive "jargon" load in biology may be a hurdle for developing conceptual understanding as well as achieving core competencies such as scientific literacy and communication. Little work has been done to characterize student understanding of biology-specific jargon. To address this issue, we aimed to determine the types of biology…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Jargon, Biology
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Cassany, Roger; Cortiñas, Sergi; Elduque, Albert – Comunicar: Media Education Research Journal, 2018
Science journalists are mainly responsible for publicly communicating science, which, in turn, is a major indicator of the social development of democratic societies. The transmission of quality scientific information that is rigorously researched and understandable is therefore crucial, and demand for this kind of information from both…
Descriptors: Journalism, News Reporting, Profiles, Foreign Countries
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Osuna-Acedo, Sara; Marta-Lazo, Carmen; Frau-Meigs, Divina – Comunicar: Media Education Research Journal, 2018
The evolution of MOOCs in the last decade has been constant and dynamic. The first cMOOC and xMOOC models eventually evolved into different post-MOOC modalities, such as sMOOC, which conjugates interaction among students with a participation model based on social networks. This work is focused on carrying out a systematic review of the…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Scientific Literacy, Scientific and Technical Information, Case Studies
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Bellová, Renata; Melichercíková, Danica; Tomcík, Peter – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: The results of international studies have concluded the low level of science literacy in natural science subjects of Slovak students. These studies also showed that this state can be positively influenced by various innovations, which are implemented into the teaching process of above-mentioned subjects. Purpose: The aim of this study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Natural Sciences, Secondary School Students
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Kaltcheva, N. T.; Pritzl, B. J. – Physics Education, 2018
Stars are point-source emitters that are the closest to the definition of a blackbody in comparison to all other similar sources of radiation found in nature. Existing libraries on stellar spectra are thus a valuable resource that can be used to introduce the laws of thermal radiation in a classroom setting. In this article we briefly describe…
Descriptors: Radiation, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Spectroscopy
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Clowser, Anthony; Jones, Susan Wyn; Lewis, John – School Science Review, 2018
This study investigates whether the Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education (CASE) scheme could be used to meet the demands of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF). The LNF is part of the Welsh Government's improvement strategy in response to perceived poor performance in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Scientific Literacy, Educational Improvement, Educational Change
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Bjorn, Genevive – Science Teacher, 2018
In the author's large, urban high school, enrollment in a laboratory science is mandatory. While the student participation rate for lab activities is over 98%, the turn-in rate for traditional lab reports averages just 35% to 85%. Those students who don't produce a lab report miss a critical opportunity to improve their skills in scientific…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Science Laboratories, Science Instruction, Intervention
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Glaze, Amanda L. – Education Sciences, 2018
It is widely agreed upon that the goal of science education is building a scientifically literate society. Although there are a range of definitions for science literacy, most involve an ability to problem solve, make evidence-based decisions, and evaluate information in a manner that is logical. Unfortunately, science literacy appears to be an…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Scientific Literacy, Science Instruction
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