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Rye, James; Landenberger, Rick; Warner, Timothy A. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2013
The concept map tool set forth by Novak and colleagues is underutilized in education. A meta-analysis has encouraged teachers to make extensive use of concept mapping, and researchers have advocated computer-based concept mapping applications that exploit hyperlink technology. Through an NSF sponsored geosciences education grant, middle and…
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Access to Computers, Educational Technology, Active Learning
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Greene, Barbara A.; Lubin, Ian A.; Slater, Janis L.; Walden, Susan E. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2013
Two studies were conducted to examine content knowledge changes following 2 weeks of professional development that included scientific research with university scientists. Engaging teachers in scientific research is considered to be an effective way of encouraging knowledge of both inquiry pedagogy and content knowledge. We used concept maps with…
Descriptors: Scoring, Science Teachers, Concept Mapping, Replication (Evaluation)
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McConnell, Tom J.; Parker, Joyce M.; Eberhardt, Jan; Koehler, Matthew J.; Lundeberg, Mary A. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2013
Research suggests that professional development that engages teachers in instructional inquiry over an extended time through collaborative professional learning communities (PLCs) is effective in improving instruction and student achievement. Still, most professional development is offered as short-duration workshops that are not effective in…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Videoconferencing, Barriers, Inquiry
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Seraphin, Kanesa Duncan; Philippoff, Joanna; Parisky, Alex; Degnan, Katherine; Warren, Diana Papini – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2013
A hybrid (face-to-face and online) professional development (PD) course focused on energy science for middle and high school teachers (N = 47) was conducted using the teaching science as inquiry (TSI) framework. Data from the PD indicates that online opportunities enhanced participation and that the TSI structure improved teachers' inquiry…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Blended Learning, Web Based Instruction, Teacher Attitudes
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Fulmer, Gavin W.; Liang, Ling L. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2013
This study tested a student survey to detect differences in instruction between teachers in a modeling-based science program and comparison group teachers. The Instructional Activities Survey measured teachers' frequency of modeling, inquiry, and lecture instruction. Factor analysis and Rasch modeling identified three subscales, Modeling and…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Factor Analysis, Science Instruction, Effect Size
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Annetta, Leonard A.; Frazier, Wendy M.; Folta, Elizabeth; Holmes, Shawn; Lamb, Richard; Cheng, Meng-Tzu – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2013
Designed-based research principles guided the study of 51 secondary-science teachers in the second year of a 3-year professional development project. The project entailed the creation of student-centered, inquiry-based, science, video games. A professional development model appropriate for infusing innovative technologies into standards-based…
Descriptors: Video Games, Educational Games, Computer Uses in Education, Mixed Methods Research
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Van Duzor, Andrea Gay – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2011
Of primary concern in professional development (PD) are the ways in which teachers transfer knowledge from PD to the classroom. This qualitative case study of a chemistry PD course for elementary teachers investigates the first step in the transfer process by examining why and how K-8 teachers consider transfer to the classroom. Motivations for…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Transfer of Training, Case Studies, Chemistry
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Paik, Sunhee; Zhang, Meilan; Lundeberg, Mary A.; Eberhardt, Jan; Shin, Tae Seob; Zhang, Tianyi – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2011
Since "A Nation at Risk" was released in the 1980s, standards-based reform has been the most dominant trend in American educational policy, and the No Child Left Behind Act pushed the trend further by requiring states to develop rigorous curriculum standards. Though much has been said about these new standards, less has been said about…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, State Standards, Academic Standards, Faculty Development
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Bannier, Betsy J. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2010
While comprehensive texts, articles, and literature reviews presenting research in the singular arenas of motivation, help-seeking, and online science learning are relatively easy to find, syntheses and interactions between these constructs are lacking. Part I of this review addresses this knowledge gap by drawing together key research from the…
Descriptors: Help Seeking, Self Efficacy, Educational Psychology, Student Motivation
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Cavanaugh, Cathy; Dawson, Kara – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2010
The Exploring Florida Science project goals were: (1) increasing content knowledge of secondary science teachers, specifically in topics that are important to the future of the state, and (2) providing secondary science students with digital media for use in project-based learning. A team of instructional designers, educators, scientists, web…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Achievement Tests, Active Learning, Inservice Teacher Education
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Sherman, Greg; Byers, Al; Rapp, Steve – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2008
This report presents pilot-test results for a science professional development program featuring online, on-demand materials developed by the National Science Teachers Association. During the spring 2006 semester, 45 middle school teachers from three different school districts across the United States participated in a professional development…
Descriptors: School Districts, Instructional Materials, Science Teachers, Middle School Teachers