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Waterman, Kevin P.; Goldsmith, Lynn; Pasquale, Marian – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
Using an example of a grade 3 science unit about population changes during competition for resources, we describe how we integrated computational thinking (CT) into existing curriculum identifying three levels of depth of integration: identifying connections that already exist, enhancing and strengthening connections, and extending units to…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Computation, Elementary School Science, Learning Activities
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Lee, Irene; Malyn-Smith, Joyce – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
This paper describes analyses of the K-12 computational thinking (CT) integration activities collected at two NSF-funded workshops, "Developing an Interdisciplinary Framework for Integrating Computational Thinking in K-12 Science, Mathematics, Technology, and Engineering Education," held in August and November of 2017 at Education…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, STEM Education, Computation
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Lee, Irene; Grover, Shuchi; Martin, Fred; Pillai, Sarita; Malyn-Smith, Joyce – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
This article provides an introduction for the special issue of the "Journal of Science Education and Technology" focused on computational thinking (CT) from a disciplinary perspective. The special issue connects earlier research on what K-12 students can learn and be able to do using CT with the CT skills and habits of mind needed to…
Descriptors: Computation, Thinking Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, STEM Education
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Falloon, Garry; Hatzigianni, Maria; Bower, Matt; Forbes, Anne; Stevenson, Michael – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
In recent years, arguments have signalled the value of STEM education for building discipline knowledge and an array of capabilities, skills and dispositions, aligned with the needs of young people functioning productively and ethically in dynamic, complex and challenging future work, social and political environments. This combination has been…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Skill Development, Teaching Methods, Literacy
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Zhao, Yong – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
This paper is a caution to the overemphasis on STEM in schools. Human talents and interests are extremely diverse for all sorts of reasons (nature via nurture). However, not all talents and skills have equal utility value in all societies. Thus, societies tend to suppress some and support others (via education or social policies). STEM represents…
Descriptors: Talent, STEM Education, Educational Attitudes, Art
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De Leo-Winkler, M. A.; Wilson, G.; Green, W.; Chute, L.; Henderson, E.; Mitchell, T. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
The Deaf have often been overlooked when designing informal STEM education and public outreach activities. Astronomers at UC Riverside and teachers at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CSDR), have designed an astronomy workshop aimed specifically for the Deaf using the school's on-site sound lab. We have used astronomy for this…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Deafness, Workshops, Acoustics
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Finkel, Liza – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2017
Despite decades of efforts to increase the participation of women and people from underrepresented minority groups (URM) in science and math majors and careers, and despite the increasing diversification of the US population as a whole (Planty et al. in National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of…
Descriptors: High School Students, STEM Education, Educational Opportunities, Majors (Students)
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Fitzgerald, Michael; McKinnon, David H.; Danaia, Lena – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
In this paper, we outline the theory behind the educational design used to implement a large-scale high school astronomy education project. This design was created in response to the realization of ineffective educational design in the initial early stages of the project. The new design follows an iterative improvement model where the materials…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, High Schools
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Campbell, Todd; Oh, Phil Seok – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
This article provides an introduction for the special issue of the "Journal of Science Education and Technology" focused on science teaching and learning with models. The article provides initial framing for questions that guided the special issue. Additionally, based on our careful review of each of these articles, some discussion of…
Descriptors: Science Education, Models, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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Kamarainen, Amy M.; Metcalf, Shari; Grotzer, Tina; Dede, Chris – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
Recent reform efforts and the next generation science standards emphasize the importance of incorporating authentic scientific practices into science instruction. Modeling can be a particularly challenging practice to address because modeling occurs within a socially structured system of representation that is specific to a domain. Further, in the…
Descriptors: Ecology, Science Instruction, Models, Epistemology
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Brady, Corey; Holbert, Nathan; Soylu, Firat; Novak, Michael; Wilensky, Uri – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
In this article, we introduce a class of constructionist learning environments that we call "Emergent Systems Sandboxes" ("ESSs"), which have served as a centerpiece of our recent work in developing curriculum to support scalable model-based learning in classroom settings. ESSs are a carefully specified form of virtual…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Models, Educational Technology, Simulated Environment
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Sarasola, Ane; Rojas, Jose Félix; Okariz, Ana – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
In this work, a specific implementation of a so-called experimental or open-ended laboratory is proposed and evaluated. Keeping in mind the scheduling limitations imposed by the context, first-year engineering physics laboratory practices have been revised in order to facilitate acquisition of the skills that are required in the experimental work.…
Descriptors: Physics, Laboratory Experiments, Science Instruction, Engineering Education
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Egbue, Ona; Long, Suzanna; Ng, Ean-Harn – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
Despite attempts to generate interest in science and technology careers, US students continue to show reduced interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors at the collegiate level. If girls are not engaged in STEM learning by the middle school level, studies show that they are even less likely to choose a science- or…
Descriptors: Females, Middle School Students, Grade 7, Grade 8
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Sutherlin, Autumn L.; Sutherlin, Gordon R.; Akpanudo, Usenime M. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2013
In four studies on the use of student response systems, clickers, we sought to understand whether the use of clickers would impact students' attitudes toward the use of technology for instruction and achievement on examinations. While the results varied some by study, overall, the results revealed no significant changes in the already…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Audience Response Systems, College Students, Student Attitudes
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Mandrikas, Achilleas; Parkosidis, Ioannis; Psomiadis, Ploutarchos; Stoumpa, Artemisia; Chalkidis, Anthimos; Mavrikaki, Evangelia; Skordoulis, Constantine – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2013
This paper describes the structure of the "Air Pollution Course", an environmental science laboratory course developed at the Science Education Laboratory of the Faculty of Primary Education, University of Athens, as well as the findings resulting from its implementation by pre-service elementary teachers. The course proposed in this…
Descriptors: Accuracy, Pollution, Foreign Countries, Misconceptions
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