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Robertson, Bill – Science and Children, 2016
Having written columns dealing with science fairs before, Bill Robertson notes that it's been a long time since he has tackled the subject of what passes for a "science fair" in schools these days. Because science fairs have changed over the years, Robertson revisits the topic and explains the scientific method. The main focus of the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Student Projects, Science Fairs, Scientific Methodology
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Jones, Verity – Primary Science, 2018
In many schools following the National Curriculum for England the teaching of science has been overshadowed by the demands of literacy and numeracy, with the focus on statutory testing (SATs) and emphasis on national targets. This has often led to increasing concerns around teachers' subject knowledge, the sapping of teacher confidence and…
Descriptors: Science Education, Poetry, Scientific Methodology, Investigations
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Lin, Feng; Chan, Carol K. K. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
This study examined the role of computer-supported knowledge-building discourse and epistemic reflection in promoting elementary-school students' scientific epistemology and science learning. The participants were 39 Grade 5 students who were collectively pursuing ideas and inquiry for knowledge advance using Knowledge Forum (KF) while studying a…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology
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Pavlova, Iglika V.; Lewis, Kayla C. – American Biology Teacher, 2013
Science is a complex process, and we must not teach our students overly simplified versions of "the" scientific method. We propose that students can uncover the complex realities of scientific thinking by exploring the similarities and differences between solving the familiar crossword puzzles and scientific "puzzles."…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biology, Teaching Methods, Puzzles
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Ulucinar Sagir, Safak – Journal of Education and Practice, 2017
The perceptions of class teachers, who will deliver science education at the elementary school, of information and science are significant as these affect the quality of education received by children. The aim of this research is to determine perceptions of prospective class teachers of science. The sample group of the research consists of 120…
Descriptors: Scientific Attitudes, Science Education, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers
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Ponners, Pamela Jones; Piller, Yulia – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2019
Research shows that well before children can verbalize their thoughts, they often create internal visual models of what scientists are and what they do (Farland-Smith 2012). Therefore, discovering, understanding and recording a student's own stereotypical perceptions are crucial to science instructors, as it is believed that perceptions may affect…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Science Instruction, Cognitive Structures
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Cofré, Hernán; Núñez, Paola; Santibáñez, David; Pavez, José M.; Valencia, Martina; Vergara, Claudia – Science & Education, 2019
There is widespread agreement that an adequate understanding of the nature of science (NOS) is a critical component of scientific literacy and a major goal in science education. However, we still do not know many specific details regarding how students and teachers learn particular aspects of NOS and what are the most important feature traits of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, Science Teachers
Siatras, Anastasios; Koumaras, Panagiotis – Online Submission, 2013
In this paper, (a) we present a framework for developing a science content (i.e., science concepts, scientific methods, scientific mindset, and problem-solving strategies for socio-scientific issues) used to design the new Cypriot science curriculum aiming at ensuring a democratic and human society, (b) we use the previous framework to explore the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Science Curriculum, Democracy
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Armagan, Fulya Öner – European Journal of Physics Education, 2015
The aim of this study is to examine the change in the cognitive structures of elementary school students in respect to the concept of science through word association test in a constructivist approach based project. The study was conducted with 50 students attending to 6th and 7th grades. Students were applied a 90-minute activity in scope of the…
Descriptors: Cognitive Structures, Elementary School Students, Scientific Concepts, Constructivism (Learning)
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Barnes, Erica M.; Oliveira, Alandeom W. – Reading Teacher, 2018
Elementary students are expected to use various features of informational texts to build knowledge in the content areas. In science informational texts, scientific metaphors are commonly used to make sense of complex and invisible processes. Although elementary students may be familiar with literary metaphors as used in narratives, they may be…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Figurative Language, Elementary School Science
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Erenler, Sumeyye; Cetin, Pinar Seda – International Journal of Research in Education and Science, 2019
Recent reform efforts in science education have brought scientific literacy to researchers' attention. Researchers have been searching for new instructional models to engage students' variety of scientific practices to fulfil the requirements of scientific literacy. Argument Driven Inquiry (ADI) is a novel instructional model that integrates the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Metacognition, Student Attitudes, Inquiry
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Aydeniz, M.; Ozdilek, Z. – Science Education International, 2015
The purpose of this study was to assess pre-service science teachers' understanding of science, scientific argumentation and the difference between scientific argumentation and scientific explanation. A total of 40 pre-service science teachers enrolled in a Turkish university completed a five-question questionnaire. The results showed that the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Persuasive Discourse, Scientific Literacy
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Lambert, Julie L.; Bleicher, Robert E. – International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology, 2017
Findings of this study suggest that scientific argumentation can play an effective role in addressing complex socioscientific issues (i.e. global climate change). This research examined changes in preservice teachers' knowledge and perceptions about climate change in an innovative undergraduate-level elementary science methods course. The…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Climate, Persuasive Discourse, Science Education
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Statham, Mick – Primary Science, 2016
A constructivist philosophy underpinning science teaching and learning for over 100 years in United Kingdom (UK) classrooms places "conceptual change" at the heart of classroom work in which children's scientific ideas form, strengthen and change. In this article, the author explains how the simple, effective method of "eyes…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods
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Binder, Michael; Crowther, Christopher – Primary Science, 2014
There have been many revolutions in the past 500 years but none quite so sustained and "society changing" as the march of secularisation and the move from a theocentric perspective to a scientific world view. The age of scientific discovery has led to the scientific method--put simply, evidence that can be sustained by rigorous…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Religion, Religious Factors, Evolution
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