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Fairweather, Nicole – ProQuest LLC, 2019
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) will drive the economy of the West in the future. The competitiveness and strength of the U.S. economy are reliant on a workforce with the skillset necessary to ensure that the nation remains a powerful force in the global economy. As a result, the under-representation of women in STEM is a…
Descriptors: Television Viewing, Mass Media Effects, Disproportionate Representation, Females
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Seroka, Laura – Communication Teacher, 2020
Challenges to identity formation often emerge during college experiences as one's world view is confronted by exposure to new social circles, ideas, and cultures. Through the analysis of interpenetrating identities in the popular television show, "The Big Bang Theory," students are able to locate concrete examples of the four frames of…
Descriptors: Self Concept, College Students, Educational Experience, Television
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De Carvalho, Roussel – School Science Review, 2013
Large urban schools have to cope with a "super-diverse" population with a multireligious background in their classrooms. The job of the science teacher within this environment requires an ultra-sensitive pedagogical approach, and a deeper understanding of students' backgrounds and of scientific epistemology. Teachers must create a safe…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Student Diversity, Religious Factors, Science Teachers
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Trouille, Laura E.; Coble, Kim; Cochran, Geraldine L.; Bailey, Janelle M.; Camarillo, Carmen T.; Nickerson, Melissa D.; Cominsky, Lynn R. – Astronomy Education Review, 2013
We have undertaken a multi-semester study of student ideas in an undergraduate general education astronomy integrated lecture and lab course with a focus on active learning at an urban, minority serving institution. We collected individual interviews ("N" = 15) and course artifacts ("N" approximately 60), such as pre-course…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Active Learning
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Bednarek, Monika – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2012
This paper analyses the linguistic construction of the televisual character Sheldon--the "main nerd" in the sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS, 2007-), approaching this construction of character through both computerised and "manual" linguistic analysis. More specifically, a computer analysis of dialogue (using concordances and keyword analysis) in…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Interpersonal Communication, Personality, Cues
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Li, Rashel; Orthia, Lindy A. – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2016
In this paper, we discuss a little-studied means of communicating about or teaching the nature of science (NOS)--through fiction television. We report some results of focus group research which suggest that the American sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" (2007-present), whose main characters are mostly working scientists, has influenced…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Programming (Broadcast), Television, Focus Groups
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Reiser, Elana – Mathematics Teacher, 2016
In this brief article Elana Reiser describes her favorite lesson that combines popular culture with mathematics in a way that motivates student thinking and participation. Exploring open-ended problems, students may feel uneasy at first, but working in small groups often leads them to experiment with a variety of solutions. Reiser explains that…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometric Concepts, Geometry, Television
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Robertson, Bill – Science and Children, 2016
Bill Robertson is the author of the NSTA Press book series, "Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach It." In this month's issue, Robertson describes and explains the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle was discussed on "The Big Bang Theory," the lead character in…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Scientific Principles, Elementary School Science
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Lincoln, Don – Physics Teacher, 2020
Two well-regarded measurements for the expansion rate of the universe disagree, leaving cosmologists very puzzled. It may be that something large has been overlooked in our theory of the Big Bang. This discrepancy is called the Hubble tension and it has led to a very interesting conversation within the cosmology community.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Measurement Techniques, Astronomy
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Lancor, Rachael – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
The meaning of the term energy varies widely in scientific and colloquial discourse. Teasing apart the different connotations of the term can be especially challenging for non-science majors. In this study, undergraduate students taking an interdisciplinary, general science course (n?=?49) were asked to explain the role of energy in five contexts:…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Energy, Interdisciplinary Approach, Science Education
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Coble, Kim; Conlon, Mallory; Bailey, Janelle M. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
[This paper is part of the Focused Collection on Astronomy Education Research.] As part of a larger project studying undergraduate students' understanding of cosmology, we explored students' ideas about the curvature of the Universe. We investigated preinstruction ideas held by introductory astronomy (ASTRO 101) students at three participating…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Scientific Literacy, Astronomy
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Bailey, Janelle M.; Sanchez, Roxanne; Coble, Kim; Larrieu, Donna; Cochran, Geraldine; Cominsky, Lynn R. – Astronomy Education Review, 2012
In order to improve instruction in introductory astronomy, we are investigating students' preinstructional ideas about a number of cosmology topics. This article describes one aspect of this large research study in which 1270 students responded to a subset of three questions each from a larger set of questions about the following areas: definition…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Astronomy, Introductory Courses, Instructional Improvement
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Wilkinson, David T. – Science Teacher, 1977
Briefly discusses the history of major ideas about the universe, such as nebulae, black holes, and the Big Bang theory. (MLH)
Descriptors: Astronomy, Instructional Materials, Relativity, Science History
Ferris, Timothy – American Educator, 2002
Offers an account of the accumulation of evidence that has led scientists to have confidence in the big bang theory of the creation of the universe. Discusses the early work of Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton, noting the rise of astrophysics, and highlighting the birth of the big bang model (the cosmic microwave background theory…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Scientific Research
Peterson, Ivars – Science News, 1991
The Big Bang Theory and alternatives to the Big Bang Theory as an explanation for the origin of the universe are discussed. The importance of the discovery of redshift, the percentage of hydrogen found in old stars, and the existence of a uniform sea of radiation are explained. (KR)
Descriptors: Astronomy, Earth Science, Models, Science Education
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