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Guffey, Sarah Katie; Slater, Timothy F.; Slater, Stephanie J. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2017
Geoscience education researchers have considerable need for criterion-referenced, easy-to-administer, easy-to-score, conceptual surveys for undergraduates taking introductory science survey courses in order for faculty to monitor the learning impacts of innovative teaching. In response, this study establishes the reliability and validity of a…
Descriptors: Geology, Scientific Concepts, Science Tests, Undergraduate Students
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Williamson, Kathryn E.; Willoughby, Shannon – Astronomy Education Review, 2012
Twenty-four free-response questions were developed to explore introductory college astronomy students' understanding of gravity in a variety of contexts, including in and around Earth, throughout the solar system, and in hypothetical situations. Questions were separated into three questionnaires, each of which was given to a section of…
Descriptors: Models, Physics, Astronomy, Misconceptions
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Wild, Tiffany A.; Hilson, Margilee P.; Farrand, Kathleen M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
Eighteen middle and high school students with visual impairments participated in a weeklong field-based geology summer camp. This paper reports the curriculum, strategies, and what the students learned about Earth science by climbing in and out of caves, collecting fossils, exploring a bog, and interacting with experts in the field. Students were…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, High School Students, Visual Impairments, Summer Programs
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Saunders, Cheston; Taylor, Amy – Science Teacher, 2014
Pollution is not a problem we just read about anymore. It affects the air we breathe, the land we live on, and the water we consume. After noticing a lack of awareness in students, a lesson was developed that used Google Earth to pinpoint sources of pollution in the local area and in others across the country, and their effects on the surrounding…
Descriptors: Pollution, Educational Technology, Ecology, Misconceptions
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Galano, Silvia; Colantonio, Arturo; Leccia, Silvio; Marzoli, Irene; Puddu, Emanuella; Testa, Italo – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
[This paper is part of the Focused Collection on Astronomy Education Research.] Several decades of research have contributed to our understanding of students' reasoning about astronomical phenomena. Some authors have pointed out the difficulty in reading and interpreting images used in school textbooks as factors that may justify the persistence…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Instruction, Misconceptions, Secondary School Students
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Primary Science Review, 2007
The Ancient Greeks saw the world as earth, air, fire and water. This article presents some children's ideas about what makes up the Earth. Children were asked to share what they thought the Earth was made of, how old it is, how long it took to create, and what is inside it. The answers indicate that they often have emerging though vague ideas…
Descriptors: Geology, Time, Children, Elementary School Students
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Brunt, Marjorie; Brunt, Geoff – Physics Education, 2013
We consider the application of both conservation of momentum and Newton's laws to the Moon in an assumed circular orbit about the Earth. The inadequacy of some texts in applying Newton's laws is considered.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Motion, Physics, Scientific Principles
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Hawkins, Amy J.; Stark, Louisa A. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
Climate change is at the forefront of our cultural conversation about science, influencing everything from presidential debates to Leonardo DiCaprio's 2016 Oscar acceptance speech. The topic is becoming increasingly socially and scientifically relevant but is no closer to being resolved. Most high school students take a life science course but…
Descriptors: Climate, Science Instruction, Biological Sciences, Misconceptions
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Frappart, Sören; Frède, Valérie – European Journal of Psychology of Education, 2016
Concepts relating to outer space are difficult to grasp because we lack direct experience of this environment. We analysed students' understanding of gravitation on Earth and beyond by testing the effect of training on it. In a pretest (T1), 28 seventh graders answered a questionnaire about space concepts. They all then underwent the same formal…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 7, Physics, Scientific Concepts
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Ashmann, Scott – Science Scope, 2012
The Moon is an ever-present subject of observation, and it is a recurring topic in the science curriculum from kindergarten's basic observations through graduate courses' mathematical analyses of its orbit. How do students come to comprehend Earth's nearest neighbor? What is needed for them to understand the lunar phases and other phenomena and…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Misconceptions, Science Curriculum, Observation
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Gillette, Brandon; Hamilton, Cheri – Science Scope, 2011
Explore how melting ice sheets affect global sea levels. Sea-level rise (SLR) is a rise in the water level of the Earth's oceans. There are two major kinds of ice in the polar regions: sea ice and land ice. Land ice contributes to SLR and sea ice does not. This article explores the characteristics of sea ice and land ice and provides some hands-on…
Descriptors: Climate, Misconceptions, Climate Control, Class Activities
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Sneider, Cary I.; Ohadi, Mark M. – Science Education, 1998
Presents a study designed to test the effectiveness of a constructivist-historical teaching strategy in changing students' misconceptions about the earth's shape and gravity at the upper elementary and middle school levels. Contains 27 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Earth Science, Elementary Education, Gravity (Physics)
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Pallant, Amy; Lee, Hee-Sun – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
Modeling and argumentation are two important scientific practices students need to develop throughout school years. In this paper, we investigated how middle and high school students (N = 512) construct a scientific argument based on evidence from computational models with which they simulated climate change. We designed scientific argumentation…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Evidence, Climate, Middle School Students
Koehler, Karen E. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the use of 3-D printed models as an instructional tool in a middle school science classroom for students with visual impairments and compare their use to traditional tactile graphics for aiding conceptual understanding of geoscience concepts. Specifically, this study examined if the students'…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Education, Teaching Methods
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Martínez, Patricia; Bannan, Brenda; Kitsantas, Anastasia – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2012
This paper presents the results of an experiment investigating the development of elementary-school dual-language learners' conceptual knowledge about processes of erosion, deposition, and transportation caused by water movement. To elicit students' ideas, researchers asked students to answer four open-ended questions using written answers and/or…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Earth Science, Water, Bilingual Students
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