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Wieselmann, Jeanna R.; Keratithamkul, Khomson; Dare, Emily A.; Ring-Whalen, Elizabeth A.; Roehrig, Gillian H. – Research in Science Education, 2021
Integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is becoming increasingly common in K-12 classrooms, and small group activities are ubiquitous to STEM instruction. This article includes both theoretical and practical descriptions of a microethnographic approach to critical multimodal discourse analysis that we used to…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Power Structure, Group Dynamics, STEM Education
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Convertini, Josephine – Research in Science Education, 2021
The implementation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at school is one of the challenges of education in the twenty-first century, especially concerning the development of critical thinking during argumentative interactions. In this paper, I refer to an interdisciplinary approach with the aim to analyze the implicit…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Preschool Children, Kindergarten, Inferences
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Franco, Luiz Gustavo; Munford, Danusa – Research in Science Education, 2021
One of the challenges for analysing science classroom discourse is a better understanding of intercontextual relationships in the learning process. In this paper, we used orientations from ethnography in education to organise and propose an analytical metaphor called the hourglass approach. It involves three phases of analysis that correspond to…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Classroom Communication, Science Instruction, Social Environment
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Haus, Jana Maria – Research in Science Education, 2020
This work uses new materialist perspectives (Barad 2007; Lenz Taguchi 2014; Rautio in "Children's Geographies," 11(4), 394-408, 2013) to examine an exploration of concepts as agents and the question how intra-action of human and non-human bodies lead to the investigation of scientific concepts, relying on an article by de Freitas and…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Human Body, Play, Learning Processes
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Gomes, Judith; Fleer, Marilyn – Research in Science Education, 2020
There is increasing interest in early childhood science education and a corresponding increase in research in this area. Studies have shown that in some countries the teaching of science in the early years remains low. These studies show that science pedagogy in the early years needs attention, despite the myriad opportunities afforded for the…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Science Education, Elementary School Science
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Fragkiadaki, Glykeria; Fleer, Marilyn; Ravanis, Konstantinos – Research in Science Education, 2019
Research into early childhood children's understandings in science has a long history. However, few studies have drawn upon cultural-historical theory to frame their research. Mostly, what is known has come from studies which have examined individual understandings of science concepts, without reference to culture, context or the collective nature…
Descriptors: Science History, Cultural Influences, Scientific Concepts, Kindergarten
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Yoon, Jiyoon; Martin, Leisa A. – Research in Science Education, 2019
Previous research studies in early childhood teacher education have indicated that teacher candidates are not adequately prepared to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to teach science to all children including culturally and linguistically diverse students. To address this issue, the researchers provided 31 early childhood teacher…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Culturally Relevant Education
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Liampa, Vasiliki; Malandrakis, George N.; Papadopoulou, Penelope; Pnevmatikos, Dimitrios – Research in Science Education, 2019
This study focused on the development and validation of a three-tier multiple-choice diagnostic instrument about the ecological footprint. Each question in the three-tier test comprised by; (a) the content tier, assessing content knowledge; (b) the reason tier, assessing explanatory knowledge; and (c) the confidence tier that differentiates lack…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Test Validity, Multiple Choice Tests, Ecology
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Gomes, Judith; Fleer, Marilyn – Research in Science Education, 2019
There are a growing number of studies that have examined science learning for preschool children. Some research has looked into children's home experiences and some has focused on transition, practices, routines, and traditions in preschool contexts. However, little attention has been directed to the relationship between children's learning…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Science Education, Learning Experience
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Fleer, Marilyn – Research in Science Education, 2019
Eminent scientists, like Einstein, worked with theoretical contradiction, thought experiments, mental models and visualisation--all characteristics of children's play. Supporting children's play is a strength of early childhood teachers. Promising research shows a link between imagination in science and imagination in play. A case study of 3…
Descriptors: Play, Science Instruction, Young Children, Imagination
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Merritt, Eileen G.; Chiu, Jennie; Peters-Burton, Erin; Bell, Randy – Research in Science Education, 2018
The Next-Generation Science Standards (NGSS) challenge primary teachers and students to work and think like scientists and engineers as they strive to understand complex concepts. Teachers and teacher educators can leverage what is already known about inquiry teaching as they plan instruction to help students meet the new standards. This…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students
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Bradbury, Leslie U.; Wilson, Rachel E.; Brookshire, Laura E. – Research in Science Education, 2018
In this self-study, two science educators partnered with two elementary teachers to plan, implement, and reflect on a unit taught in second grade classrooms that integrated science and language arts. The researchers hoped to increase their pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) for elementary science teaching so that they might use their experiences…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Science Instruction
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Impedovo, Maria Antonietta; Delserieys-Pedregosa, Alice; Jégou, Corinne; Ravanis, Konstantinos – Research in Science Education, 2017
The paper is set in socio-material farming to offer a way of conceptualising actions and interactions of children in preschool involved in the understanding of scientific concepts. A model of early science education about the physical phenomena of shadow formation is implemented in group work in a French context. The research involved 44 children…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Literacy
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Malleus, Elina; Kikas, Eve; Marken, Tiivi – Research in Science Education, 2017
The purpose of this research was to explore children's understandings of everyday, synthetic and scientific concepts to enable a description of how abstract, verbally taught material relates to previous experience-based knowledge and the consistency of understanding about cloud formation. This study examined the conceptual understandings of cloud…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Kindergarten, Grade 2
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Saçkes, Mesut; Trundle, Kathy Cabe – Research in Science Education, 2017
This longitudinal study examined the role of metaconceptual awareness in the change and the durability of preservice teachers' conceptual understandings over the course of several months. Sixteen preservice early childhood teachers participated in the study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to reveal the participants' conceptual…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Metacognition, Preservice Teachers, Concept Formation
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