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Brown, Bryan; Pérez, Greses; Ribay, Kathryn; Boda, Phillip A.; Wilsey, Matthew – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2021
Virtual reality (VR) in science classrooms has the potential to enhance students' learning by bridging the knowledge in the learners' communities with science instruction. When virtual environments reflect students' culture, it has the potential to influence their attitudes toward the value of science in their community. This qualitative study…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Culturally Relevant Education
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Weiland, Ingrid S.; Akerson, Valarie L. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2013
This study explored the nature of the relationship between a fifth-grade teacher and an informal science educator as they planned and implemented a life science unit in the classroom, and sought to define this relationship in order to gain insight into the roles of each educator. In addition, student learning as a result of instruction was…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science, Informal Education, Conventional Instruction
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Hendrix, Rebecca; Eick, Charles; Shannon, David – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2012
Creative drama activities designed to help children learn difficult science concepts were integrated into an inquiry-based elementary science program. Children (n = 38) in an upper elementary enrichment program at one primary school were the participants in this action research. The teacher-researcher taught students the Full Option Science…
Descriptors: Drama, Action Research, Student Attitudes, Enrichment Activities
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Cullen, Theresa A.; Akerson, Valarie L.; Hanson, Deborah L. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2010
Teachers are required to work with data on a daily basis to assess the effectiveness of their teaching strategies, but may not approach it as research. This paper presents a reflective discussion of how and when a professional development team used an action research project to help 12 K-6 teachers explore the effectiveness of reform based Nature…
Descriptors: Action Research, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods, Inquiry