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Sinatra, Gale M. – Educational Psychologist, 2022
The psychology of science resistance, doubt, and denial has never had clearer consequences than during the COVID-19 pandemic. This manuscript explores how misconceptions about climate change, vaccines, and COVID-19 cannot be understood apart from the conscious and unconscious motivations and emotions which contribute to public (mis)understanding…
Descriptors: Motivation, Emotional Response, Public Opinion, Misconceptions
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Sinatra, Gale M.; Lombardi, Doug – Educational Psychologist, 2020
When individuals have questions about scientific issues, they often search the Internet. Evaluating sources of information and claims they find has become more difficult in the post-truth era. Students are often taught source evaluation techniques, but the proliferation of "fake news" has resulted in a misinformation arms race. As…
Descriptors: Evaluative Thinking, Information Sources, Evidence, Internet
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Lombardi, Doug; Nussbaum, E. Michael; Sinatra, Gale M. – Educational Psychologist, 2016
Plausibility judgments rarely have been addressed empirically in conceptual change research. Recent research, however, suggests that these judgments may be pivotal to conceptual change about certain topics where a gap exists between what scientists and laypersons find plausible. Based on a philosophical and empirical foundation, this article…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Models, Concept Formation, Cognitive Processes
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Sinatra, Gale M.; Heddy, Benjamin C.; Lombardi, Doug – Educational Psychologist, 2015
Engagement is one of the hottest research topics in the field of educational psychology. Research shows that multifarious benefits occur when students are engaged in their own learning, including increased motivation and achievement. However, there is little agreement on a concrete definition and effective measurement of engagement. This special…
Descriptors: Science Education, Learner Engagement, Measurement Techniques, Measurement Objectives
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Sinatra, Gale M.; Kienhues, Dorothe; Hofer, Barbara K. – Educational Psychologist, 2014
Science is of critical importance to daily life in a knowledge society and has a significant influence on many everyday decisions. As scientific problems increase in their number and complexity, so do the challenges facing the public in understanding these issues. Our objective is to focus on 3 of those challenges: the challenge of reasoning about…
Descriptors: Social Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Abstract Reasoning, Attitude Change
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Sinatra, Gale M. – Educational Psychologist, 2005
This article explores the legacy of Paul Pintrich in regard to theory and research in conceptual change. Specifically, this article reviews his vision for a view of conceptual change--a vision that integrated motivation and affect within a broader view of cognition in the classroom (Pintrich, 1999; Pintrich & Sinatra, 2003). This article describes…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Cognitive Processes, Student Motivation, Educational Psychology