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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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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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Tate, Erika D.; Ibourk, Amal; McElhaney, Kevin W.; Feng, Mingyu – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
We examined the sophistication of middle school students' mechanistic explanations of genetics phenomena and how they interact with a technology-based explanation tool as they articulate and organize their ideas about the phenomena. We coordinated curriculum and assessment design frameworks to develop a middle school curriculum unit that engages…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Plants (Botany), Technology Uses in Education, Inquiry
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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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Blikstein, Paulo; Fuhrmann, Tamar; Salehi, Shima – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2016
In this paper, we investigate an approach to supporting students' learning in science through a combination of physical experimentation and virtual modeling. We present a study that utilizes a scientific inquiry framework, which we call "bifocal modeling," to link student-designed experiments and computer models in real time. In this…
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Education, Models
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Xiang, Lin; Passmore, Cynthia – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
There has been increased recognition in the past decades that model-based inquiry (MBI) is a promising approach for cultivating deep understandings by helping students unite phenomena and underlying mechanisms. Although multiple technology tools have been used to improve the effectiveness of MBI, there are not enough detailed examinations of how…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Models, Case Studies
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Wilkerson-Jerde, Michelle H.; Gravel, Brian E.; Macrander, Christopher A. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
Modeling and using technology are two practices of particular interest to K-12 science educators. These practices are inextricably linked among professionals, who engage in modeling activity with and across a variety of representational technologies. In this paper, we explore the practices of five sixth-grade girls as they generated models of…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Secondary School Science, Grade 6, Computer Simulation
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Peters, Vanessa L.; Songer, Nancy Butler – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2013
This paper reports the results of a three-stage usability test of a modeling tool designed to support learners' deep understanding of the impacts of climate change on ecosystems. The design process involved repurposing an existing modeling technology used by professional scientists into a learning tool specifically designed for middle school…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Usability, Science Instruction, Models