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Wendy Simms; Marie-Claire Shanahan – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2024
This study qualitatively explored the process of student environmental identity development (sEID) within the highly social and structured context of elementary school science. Social practice theory was used as the lens to distinguish the dimensions of sEID that were visible during a curriculum-based, in-school program focused on the issue of…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Environmental Education, Pollution
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Christopher D. Wilson; Kevin C. Haudek; Jonathan F. Osborne; Zoë E. Buck Bracey; Tina Cheuk; Brian M. Donovan; Molly A. M. Stuhlsatz; Marisol M. Santiago; Xiaoming Zhai – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2024
Argumentation is fundamental to science education, both as a prominent feature of scientific reasoning and as an effective mode of learning--a perspective reflected in contemporary frameworks and standards. The successful implementation of argumentation in school science, however, requires a paradigm shift in science assessment from the…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Competence, Science Process Skills, Persuasive Discourse
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Enrique Suárez; Valerie Otero – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2024
There is a significant amount of research literature on the importance of identifying and building on students' experiences and ideas for making sense of the natural world, especially when engaging in science practices. Simultaneously, approaches to creating justice-oriented science education promote the need to focus on the diverse sense-making…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Science Education, Equal Education, English (Second Language)
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Beth A. Covitt; Elizabeth Xeng de los Santos; Qinyun Lin; Christie Morrison Thomas; Charles W. Anderson – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2024
This article reports on analyses of the instructional practices of six middle- and high-school science teachers in the United States who participated in a research-practice partnership that aims to support reform science education goals at scale. All six teachers were well qualified, experienced, and locally successful--respected by students,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Students, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Idit Adler; Christopher Karam – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2024
Students often perceive school science as purely theoretical, overloaded with facts, and mostly disconnected from their school, home, and community life. One way to bridge the disconnection between school science and lived experiences, and support students in realizing the relevance of science to their everyday life, is by enabling them to…
Descriptors: Science Education, Relevance (Education), Cultural Capital, Science Experiments
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Xiulin Kuang; Tessa H. S. Eysink; Ton de Jong – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2024
This study investigated the effects of presenting domain information (basic information about the domain) either together with or instead of offering exploratory practice (an exploratory opportunity in a simulation-based representation of the learning domain) prior to inquiry learning for facilitating students' hypothesis generation and subsequent…
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Active Learning, Inquiry, Hypothesis Testing
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William R. Penuel; Andrew E. Krumm; Carol Pazera; Corinne Singleton; Anna-Ruth Allen; Clarissa Deverel-Rico – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2024
Meaningful participation in science and engineering practices requires that students make their thinking visible to others and build on one another's ideas. But sharing ideas with others in small groups and classrooms carries social risk, particularly for students from nondominant groups and communities. In this paper, we explore how students'…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Science Curriculum, Gender Differences, Racial Differences
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Vance Kite; Soonhye Park – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2024
There is growing recognition in the education community that the problem-solving practices that comprise computational thinking (CT) are a fundamental component of both life and work in the twenty-first century. Historically, opportunities to learn CT have been confined to computer science (CS) and elective courses that lack racial, ethnic, and…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Computation, Thinking Skills
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Tingting Li; I-Chien Chen; Emily Adah Miller; Cory Susanne Miller; Barbara Schneider; Joseph Krajcik – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2024
This longitudinal study examines the relationship between students' knowledge-in-use performance and their performance on third-party designed summative tests within a coherent and equitable learning environment. Focusing on third-grade students across three consecutive project-based learning (PBL) units aligned with the Next Generation Science…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Students, Student Projects, Active Learning
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Lori Rubino-Hare; Brooke A. Whitworth; Francis Boateng; Nena Bloom – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2024
Advances in online geospatial technologies (GST) have expanded access to K-12 classrooms which has implications for the support teachers require to effectively integrate GSTs to promote learning. Previous studies have shown the impact of GST-integrated lessons on student engagement, spatial thinking skills, and/or content knowledge; however, most…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geographic Information Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Technology Integration
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Martin Schwichow; Anastasios Zoupidis – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2024
Floating and sinking (FS) is a key topic in science education, both at primary and secondary levels. The interpretation of FS phenomena, however, is challenging due to the difficulty of the scientific concepts and explanatory models involved (e.g., density, buoyancy), along with students' everyday experiences, which conflict with scientific…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Science Education, Meta Analysis, Effect Size
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Rayendra Wahyu Bachtiar; Ralph F. G. Meulenbroeks; Wouter R. Joolingen – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2024
Previous studies have documented the promising results from student-constructed representations, including stop-motion animation (SMA), in supporting mechanistic reasoning (MR), which is considered an essential thinking skill in science education. Our current study presents theoretically and empirically how student-constructed SMA contributes to…
Descriptors: Animation, Thinking Skills, Science Education, Skill Development
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Christina Krist; Soo-Yean Shim – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2024
Teaching to support students' sense-making is challenging. It requires continuous, context-dependent decision-making about which student ideas to pursue, when, how, and why. This paper presents a single case study of an experienced teacher, Nadine, as an illustrative case in order to provide a rich description of this teacher's decisional…
Descriptors: Experienced Teachers, Educational Practices, Decision Making, Students
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April Luehmann; Yang Zhang; Heather Boyle; Eve Tulbert; Gena Merliss; Kyle Sullivan – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2024
We find ourselves at a time when the need for transformation in science education is aligning with opportunity. Significant science education resources, namely the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Ambitious Science Teaching (AST) framework, need an intentional aim of centering social justice for minoritized communities and youth as…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Science Education, Sustainable Development, Preservice Teachers
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Mon-Lin Monica Ko; Melissa J. Luna – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2024
Classroom discussions have become a centerpiece of reform efforts in science education because talk mediates the joint co-constructing of knowledge in science classrooms. Although decades of research underscore the importance of talk in supporting science learning, the science education community continues to grapple with how to support teachers…
Descriptors: Knowledge Economy, Science Education, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Communication (Thought Transfer)
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