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Aksit, Osman; Wiebe, Eric N. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
Computational thinking (CT) and modeling are authentic practices that scientists and engineers use frequently in their daily work. Advances in computing technologies have further emphasized the centrality of modeling in science by making computationally enabled model use and construction more accessible to scientists. As such, it is important for…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Computer Science Education
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Pierson, Ashlyn E.; Brady, Corey E.; Clark, Douglas B. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
This paper describes the work done by sixth grade students to achieve and sustain productive and personally meaningful lines of inquiry with computational models. The capacity to frame interactions with tools as dialogic exchanges with co-participants is a productive practice for disciplinary engagement in science and for computational thinking…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Thinking Skills, Self Concept, Personal Autonomy
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Ulus, Beste; Oner, Diler – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
In this mixed-method study, we investigated whether the use of a web-based inquiry science environment (WISE) unit would improve the knowledge integration (KI) of middle school students with no formal school-based prior experience with inquiry instruction. A unit on heat and temperature that reflected KI principles and processes was designed and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Inquiry
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Walan, Susanne – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
The aim of this case study was to investigate what happens in science classrooms when teaching is almost entirely based on the use of digital technology. Two secondary school science teachers participated, together with their seventh grade classes. Data were collected through eight observation sessions (altogether about 9.5 h) and 9 h of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Teachers, Educational Technology
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Montgomery, Ryan; Greenwald, Eric; Crane, Samuel; Krakowski, Ari; Barber, Jacqueline – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
New national science standards have elevated attention to student performance with a core set of science and engineering practices, yet guidance about how to assess these practices is only just emerging in the literature. This is particularly true for the set of engineering design-focused concepts and practices articulated in the Next Generation…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Engineering, Design, Internship Programs
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Chang, Hsin-Yi; Liang, Jyh-Chong; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
We engaged 47 eighth-grade students in a newly developed learning environment that integrates mobile augmented reality (AR) technology to support students' learning of nuclear energy use and radiation pollution, a topic related to a socioscientific issue (SSI) that involves complex reasoning considering scientific evidence and multiple…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 8, Handheld Devices, Computer Simulation
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Chen, Sheng-Chang; She, Hsiao-Ching – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
This study analyzed the impact of different analogical learning approaches (analogies or metaphors) integrated with different presentation modalities (pictures or texts) on middle school students' learning performance of electricity with supporting evidence from their eye movement behaviors. Eighty ninth-grade middle school students were randomly…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Eye Movements, Grade 9, Logical Thinking
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Tutwiler, M. Shane – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
In this study, we investigate trends in the relationship between what students know and the types of data that capture their attention over time in a science-based multi-user virtual environment. Longitudinal analyses of the patterns of data collected by 143 middle school students (nested within 5 teachers) showed that student prior knowledge was…
Descriptors: Attention, Virtual Classrooms, Science Education, Middle School Students
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Magana, Alejandra J.; Elluri, Sindhura; Dasgupta, Chandan; Seah, Ying Ying; Madamanchi, Aasakiran; Boutin, Mireille – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
In science and engineering education, the use of heuristics has been introduced as a way of understanding the world, and as a way to approach problem-solving and design. However, important consequences for the use of heuristics are that they do not always guarantee a correct solution. Learning by Design has been identified as a pedagogical…
Descriptors: Role, Computer Simulation, Learning Experience, Middle School Students
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Luo, Wenjing; Wei, Hsin-Ro; Ritzhaupt, Albert D.; Huggins-Manley, A. Corinne; Gardner-McCune, Christina – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
Numerous studies have been undertaken to design, develop, and provide validity evidence for using instruments to measure students' attitudes toward STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). This study presents validity evidence of scores produced from the S-STEM measurement tool and used to evaluate changes in attitudes during an…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Middle School Students, Robotics, Educational Environment
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Schellinger, Jennifer; Mendenhall, Anne; Alemanne, Nicole; Southerland, Sherry A.; Sampson, Victor; Marty, Paul – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
The Next Generation Science Standards support understanding of the nature of science as it is practiced and experienced in the real world through interconnected concepts to be imbedded within scientific practices and crosscutting concepts. This study explored how fourth and fifth grade elementary students' views of nature of science change when…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Active Learning, Inquiry, Elementary School Students
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Ching, Cynthia Carter; Hagood, Danielle – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
This paper connects the technological practice of activity monitor gaming to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) science and engineering practice of "analyzing and interpreting data," and to the foundational constructionist idea of personal meaning. In our larger study, eighth-grade students, ages 12-14, wore physical activity…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 8, Educational Games, Academic Standards
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Mills, Reece; Tomas, Louisa; Lewthwaite, Brian – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
There is a need for research-informed instructional approaches that promote school students' deep conceptual understanding of abstract geological concepts. Given that a type of learner-constructed stop-motion animation, 'slowmation', has been shown to offer affordances for learning in science preservice teacher education, we extended its…
Descriptors: Plate Tectonics, Animation, Middle School Students, Teaching Methods
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Cuperman, Dan; Verner, Igor M. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
This article considers student analogical reasoning associated with learning practice in creating bio-inspired robots. The study was in the framework of an outreach course for middle school students. Fifty eighth and ninth graders performed inquiries into behavior and locomotion of snakes and designed robotic models using the BIOLOID robot…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Robotics, Models, Biological Sciences
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Lie, Richard; Selcen Guzey, S.; Moore, Tamara J. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
Recent reforms in education call for science teachers to incorporate STEM concepts into their curricula. This study explores the association among student and teacher demographics, and student learning of engineering content and attitudes towards STEM after participation in an elementary or middle school engineering-based science curricula.…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Science Teachers, Engineering Education, English Language Learners
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