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Taylor, Jonte C.; Tseng, Ching-mei; Murillo, Angelique; Therrien, William; Hand, Brian – Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities, 2018
The increased emphasis on STEM related careers and the use of science in everyday life makes learning science content and concepts critical for all students especially for those with disabilities. As suggested by the National Resource Council (2012), more emphasis is being placed on being able to critically think about science concepts in and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Achievement, Inquiry, Disabilities
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Hand, Brian; Norton-Meier, Lori A.; Gunel, Murat; Akkus, Recai – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
How can classrooms become communities of inquiry that connect intellectually challenging science content with language-based activities (opportunities to talk, listen, read, and write) especially in settings with diverse populations? This question guided a 3-year mixed-methods research study using the Science Writing Heuristic (SWH) approach in…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Inquiry, Mixed Methods Research, Science Instruction
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Hand, Brian; Therrien, William; Shelley, Mack – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
The U.S. began a new national standards movement in the area of K-12 science education curriculum reform in the 1980s known as "Science for All" to develop a population that is literate in economic and democratic agendas for a global market focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) (Duschl, 2008). The National…
Descriptors: Science Education, Heuristics, Science Process Skills, Randomized Controlled Trials
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Reeves, Christopher Gonwa; Fostvedt, Luke; Laugerman, Marcia; Baenziger, Joan; Shelley, Mack; Hand, Brian; Therrien, William – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
A key element in science education is establishing and maintaining linkages between teachers and researchers that can eventuate in enhanced student outcomes. Determining when and where a new educational program or intervention results in an enhanced outcome can be sensitive to many different forces that the researcher must carefully manage. The…
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Inquiry, Science Education, Student Evaluation
Shelley, Mack; Gonwa-Reeves, Christopher; Baenziger, Joan; Seefeld, Ashley; Hand, Brian; Therrien, William; Villanueva, Mary Grace; Taylor, Jonte – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2012
The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of implementation of the Science Writing Heuristic (SWH) approach at 5th grade level in the public school system in Iowa as measured by Cornell Critical Thinking student test scores. This is part of a project that overall tests the efficacy of the SWH inquiry-based approach to build students'…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Persuasive Discourse, Science Interests
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Taylor, Jonte C.; Therrien, William J.; Kaldenberg, Erica; Watt, Sarah; Chanlen, Niphon; Hand, Brian – Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities, 2012
Poor science achievement has been an educational issue for a number of years. Students with disabilities have traditionally fared worse. Research suggests that students with disabilities may respond better to instruction using an inquiry-based approach vs. traditional textbook instruction when measuring science achievement on standardized…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Disabilities, Inquiry, Teaching Methods