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Alkis Küçükaydin, Mensure; Uluçinar Sagir, Safak – International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2016
In this study, the pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) of four experienced primary school teachers was investigated within the "Let's Solve the Riddle of Our Body Unit". The PCK investigation adopted a learning approach based on inquiry, content representation and pedagogical and professional-experience repertoires (PaP-eRs), and…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Elementary School Teachers, Human Body, Science Instruction
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Dejonckheere, Peter J. N.; De Wit, Nele; Van de Keere, Kristof; Vervaet, Stephanie – International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2016
This study tested and integrated the effects of an inquiry-based didactic method for preschool science in a real practical classroom setting. Four preschool classrooms participated in the experiment (N= 57) and the children were 4-6 years old. In order to assess children's attention for causal events and their understanding at the level of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Inquiry, Teaching Methods
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Griffin, Thomas D.; Wiley, Jennifer; Britt, M. Anne; Salas, Carlos R. – International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2012
The main goal for the current study was to investigate whether individual differences in domain-general thinking dispositions might affect learning from multiple-document inquiry tasks in science. Middle school students were given a set of documents and were tasked with understanding how and why recent patterns in global temperature might be…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Logical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Science Process Skills
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Johnson, Brandi E.; Zabrucky, Karen M. – International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2011
Throughout the United States, many middle and high school students struggle to comprehend science texts for a variety of reasons. Science texts are frequently boring, focused on isolated facts, present too many new concepts at once, and lack the clarity and organization known to improve comprehension. Compounding the problem is that many…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, High School Students, Reading Comprehension, Science Instruction