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Owens, David C.; Sadler, Troy D.; Friedrichsen, Patricia – Research in Science Education, 2021
The identification of high-leverage teaching practices that can be improved through targeted practice should contribute to the enhancement of teachers' facilitation of instruction and improve student learning outcomes. Researchers have begun to identify subject-specific teaching practices that are expected to enhance science teaching specifically.…
Descriptors: Science and Society, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Instructional Effectiveness
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Owens, David C.; Sadler, Troy D.; Barlow, Angela T.; Smith-Walters, Cindi – Research in Science Education, 2020
Several studies have found active learning to enhance students' motivation and attitudes. Yet, faculty indicate that students resist active learning and censure them on evaluations after incorporating active learning into their instruction, resulting in an apparent paradox. We argue that the disparity in findings across previous studies is the…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Active Learning, Resistance (Psychology), Undergraduate Students
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Romine, William L.; Sadler, Troy D. – Research in Science Education, 2016
Improving interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is crucial to widening participation and success in STEM studies at the college level. To understand how classroom and extracurricular interventions affect interest, it is necessary to have appropriate measurement tools. We describe the adaptation and revalidation of a…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Student Interests, Test Construction, Nonmajors
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Eastwood, Jennifer L.; Sadler, Troy D.; Sherwood, Robert D.; Schlegel, Whitney M. – Research in Science Education, 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine whether Socioscientific Issues (SSI) based learning environments affect university students' epistemological understanding of scientific inquiry differently from traditional science educational contexts. We identify and compare conceptions of scientific inquiry of students participating in an…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Interdisciplinary Approach, Science and Society, Undergraduate Students
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Burgin, Stephen R.; Sadler, Troy D. – Research in Science Education, 2013
The purpose of this research was to examine the consistency between students' practical and formal understandings of scientific epistemologies (also known as nature of science (NOS) understandings) in the context of a research apprenticeship program. Six high school student participants of a residential summer research apprenticeship program at a…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Science Instruction, Summer Programs, Interviews
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Burgin, Stephen R.; Sadler, Troy D.; Koroly, Mary Jo – Research in Science Education, 2012
Research apprenticeships for secondary students provide authentic contexts for learning science in which students engage in scientific investigations with practicing scientists in working laboratory groups. Student experiences in these research apprenticeships vary depending on the individual nature of the laboratory in which students have been…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Scientific Research, Investigations, Student Attitudes
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Klosterman, Michelle L.; Sadler, Troy D.; Brown, Julie – Research in Science Education, 2012
The currency, relevancy and changing nature of science makes it a natural topic of focus for mass media outlets. Science teachers and students can capitalize on this wealth of scientific information to explore socio-scientific and sustainability issues; however, without a lens on how those media are created and how representations of science are…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Teachers, Media Literacy, Sustainable Development
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Sadler, Troy D.; Barab, Sasha A.; Scott, Brianna – Research in Science Education, 2007
The question of what students gain by engaging in socioscientific inquiry is addressed in two ways. First, relevant literature is surveyed to build the case that socioscientific issues (SSI) can serve as useful contexts for teaching and learning science content. Studies are reviewed which document student gains in discipline specific content…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Citizenship, Interdisciplinary Approach, Science and Society