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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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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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Deniz, Hasan; Adibelli, Elif – Research in Science Education, 2015
The main purpose of this study was to explore the factors mediating the translation of second grade teachers' nature of science (NOS) views into classroom practice after completing a graduate level NOS course. Four second grade in-service elementary teachers comprised the sample of this study. Data were collected from several sources during the…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles
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Madden, Lauren; Wiebe, Eric N. – Research in Science Education, 2013
This mixed-methods case study examined the notebook entries of one class of 22 second graders as a way of examining how teacher identity shaped the way students experienced their science curriculum. These notebook entries were created during lessons with three different teachers over the course of one school year, using similar kit-based materials…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science, Science Curriculum
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Kim, Kyung Hee; VanTassel-Baska, Joyce; Bracken, Bruce A.; Feng, Annie; Stambaugh, Tamra; Bland, Lori – Research in Science Education, 2012
The purpose of the study was to measure the effects of higher level, inquiry-based science curricula on students at primary level in Title I schools. Approximately 3,300 K-3 students from six schools were assigned to experimental or control classes (N = 115 total) on a random basis according to class. Experimental students were exposed to…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classes (Groups of Students), Intelligence Tests, Ability Grouping
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Kikas, Eve – Research in Science Education, 2006
Difficulties in students' understanding of the spherical model of the Earth have been shown in previous studies. One of the reasons for these difficulties lies in beliefs and preliminary knowledge that hinder the interpretation of the scientific knowledge, the other reason may lie in the low level of verbal and visuo-spatial abilities. The study…
Descriptors: Verbal Ability, Spatial Ability, Science Education, Sample Size