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van Joolingen, W. R.; Aukes, Annika V.; Gijlers, H.; Bollen, L. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
Modeling is an important approach in the teaching and learning of science. In this study, we attempt to bring modeling within the reach of young children by creating the SimSketch modeling system, which is based on freehand drawings that can be turned into simulations. This system was used by 247 children (ages ranging from 7 to 15) to create a…
Descriptors: Models, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Freehand Drawing
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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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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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Hernández, María Isabel; Couso, Digna; Pintó, Roser – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
The study we have carried out aims to characterize 15-to 16-year-old students' learning progressions throughout the implementation of a teaching-learning sequence on the acoustic properties of materials. Our purpose is to better understand students' modeling processes about this topic and to identify how the instructional design and actual…
Descriptors: Acoustics, Science Instruction, Inquiry, Active Learning
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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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Kim, Mi Song – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
Situating science concepts in concrete and authentic contexts, using information and communications technologies, including multimodal modeling tools, is important for promoting the development of higher-order thinking skills in learners. However, teachers often struggle to integrate emergent multimodal models into a technology-rich informal…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Foreign Countries, Science Education, Capacity Building
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Kim, Beaumie; Pathak, Suneeta A.; Jacobson, Michael J.; Zhang, Baohui; Gobert, Janice D. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
Model-based reasoning has been introduced as an authentic way of learning science, and many researchers have developed technological tools for learning with models. This paper describes how a model-based tool, "BioLogica"™, was used to facilitate genetics learning in secondary 3-level biology in Singapore. The research team co-designed…
Descriptors: Models, Science Instruction, Genetics, Secondary School Science
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Baek, Hamin; Schwarz, Christina V. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
In the past decade, reform efforts in science education have increasingly attended to engaging students in scientific practices such as scientific modeling. Engaging students in scientific modeling can help them develop their epistemologies by allowing them to attend to the roles of mechanism and empirical evidence when constructing and revising…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science
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Ginovart, Marta – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2014
The general aim is to promote the use of individual-based models (biological agent-based models) in teaching and learning contexts in life sciences and to make their progressive incorporation into academic curricula easier, complementing other existing modelling strategies more frequently used in the classroom. Modelling activities for the study…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Study, Biological Sciences, Animals
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Wang, Zuhao; Chi, Shaohui; Hu, Kaiyan; Chen, Wenting – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2014
Teachers' knowledge and application of model play an important role in students' development of modeling ability and scientific literacy. In this study, we investigated Chinese chemistry teachers' knowledge and application of models. Data were collected through test questionnaire and analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively. The result indicated…
Descriptors: Models, Chemistry, Science Teachers, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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García, Isaías; Benavides, Carmen; Alaiz, Héctor; Alonso, Angel – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2013
This paper describes research on the use of knowledge models (ontologies) for building computer-aided educational software in the field of control engineering. Ontologies are able to represent in the computer a very rich conceptual model of a given domain. This model can be used later for a number of purposes in different software applications. In…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Taxonomy, Lexicography, Information Science
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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
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Oh, Youn Joo; Jia, Yueming; Lorentson, Mhora; LaBanca, Frank – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2013
The Educational and Career Interest scale, a self-report instrument measuring high school students' educational and career interest in STEM, was developed and validated in two studies conducted during 2010 and 2011. Study 1 included data from 92 high school students, in which exploratory factor analysis (EFA) was conducted with an initial…
Descriptors: High School Students, Occupational Aspiration, STEM Education, Measures (Individuals)
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Artun, Huseyin; Costu, Bayram – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2013
The aim of this study was to explore a group of prospective primary teachers' conceptual understanding of diffusion and osmosis as they implemented a 5E constructivist model and related materials in a science methods course. Fifty prospective primary teachers' ideas were elicited using a pre- and post-test and delayed post-test survey consisting…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Statistical Analysis, Constructivism (Learning), Scores
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Fulmer, Gavin W.; Liang, Ling L. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2013
This study tested a student survey to detect differences in instruction between teachers in a modeling-based science program and comparison group teachers. The Instructional Activities Survey measured teachers' frequency of modeling, inquiry, and lecture instruction. Factor analysis and Rasch modeling identified three subscales, Modeling and…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Factor Analysis, Science Instruction, Effect Size
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