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Colley, Carolyn; Windschitl, Mark – Research in Science Education, 2021
In science classrooms, the epistemic practices of explanation building and argumentation often extend over multiple episodes of talk during a single lesson or across several lessons. Analyzing this kind of discourse requires a way to identify patterns that emerge over time to better understand student participation and how teachers support…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Teaching Methods, Discourse Analysis
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Eckes, Alexander; Großmann, Nadine; Wilde, Matthias – Research in Science Education, 2020
The transition from elementary school to the upper grades can lead to ambiguous feelings toward the new, male teachers. This study investigated whether collaborative animal care in biology lessons affects students' feelings of relatedness toward their biology teachers positively during the first year after the school transition. Four hundred…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Teacher Characteristics, Science Teachers, Biology
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Koyunlu Ünlü, Zeynep; Dökme, Ilbilge – Research in Science Education, 2020
According to a report by the Turkish Industry and Business Association, Turkey will need approximately 1 million individuals to be employed in Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) fields by 2023, and 31% of this requirement will not be met. For continuous economic development, there is a need to integrate STEM into education in…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Science Careers, Vocational Interests, Foreign Countries
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Kruit, Patricia; Oostdam, Ron; van den Berg, Ed; Schuitema, Jaap – Research in Science Education, 2020
Information on students' development of science skills is essential for teachers to evaluate and improve their own education, as well as to provide adequate support and feedback to the learning process of individual students. The present study explores and discusses the use of performance assessments as a diagnostic tool for formative assessment…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Science Teachers, Skill Development, Formative Evaluation
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Xiao, Sihan – Research in Science Education, 2020
Educators expect that students be able to make informed decisions about science-related problems in their everyday lives. Engaging science in such problems often entails evaluating available evidence for given arguments. This study explores how students use inscriptions as evidence to argue about socioscientific issues. Fifth- and sixth-grade…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Grade 6, Elementary School Science
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Park, Joonhyeong; Song, Jinwoong – Research in Science Education, 2020
In the process of problem solving, intuitive thinking leads to findings that go beyond gaps and plays a decisive role in problem solving. Considering that problems often need to be solved in groups rather than by individuals, it is necessary to examine how intuitive thinking expressed by individuals is shared and elaborated among peers in a group…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Grade 6, Intuition
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Villanueva, Mary Grace; Hand, Brian; Shelley, Mack; Therrien, William – Research in Science Education, 2019
Various inquiry approaches have been promoted in science classrooms as a way for students to engage in, and have a deeper understanding of scientific discourse. However, there is a paucity of empirical evidence to suggest how children's actions and engagement in these approaches, or "practical epistemologies" (Sandoval, Science Education…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Science Instruction, Surveys, Learner Engagement
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Fazio, Xavier; Gallagher, Tiffany L. – Research in Science Education, 2019
While some students will pursue careers in science, all will engage with multimodal science-based texts. The effective use of language skills is essential to support sense making in science. The purpose of this study was to examine how elementary teachers integrated language within their science instruction, and how their instructional enactments…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Language Skills
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Piliouras, Panagiotis; Plakitsi, Katerina; Seroglou, Fanny; Papantoniou, Georgia – Research in Science Education, 2018
The nature of science (NOS) has become a central goal of science education in many countries. This study refers to a "developmental work research" program, in which four fifth-grade elementary in-service teachers participated. It aimed to improve their understandings of NOS and their abilities to teach it effectively to their students.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Scientific Principles, Faculty Development, Grade 5
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Vedder-Weiss, Dana; Fortus, David – Research in Science Education, 2018
Employing achievement goal theory (Ames "Journal of Educational psychology," 84(3), 261-271, 1992), we explored science teachers' instruction and its relation to students' motivation for science learning and school culture. Based on the TARGETS framework (Patrick et al. "The Elementary School Journal," 102(1), 35-58, 2001) and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Nichols, Kim; Burgh, Gilbert; Kennedy, Callie – Research in Science Education, 2017
Developing students' skills to pose and respond to questions and actively engage in inquiry behaviours enables students to problem solve and critically engage with learning and society. The aim of this study was to analyse the impact of providing teachers with an intervention in inquiry pedagogy alongside inquiry science curriculum in comparison…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Professional Development, Intervention, Inquiry
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Meyer, Annika; Klingenberg, Konstantin; Wilde, Matthias – Research in Science Education, 2016
Contact with living animals is an exceptional possibility within biology education to facilitate an intense immersion into the study topic and even allow for a flow experience (Csikszentmihalyi 2000). Further, it might affect the perceptions of the students' basic needs for autonomy and competence and thereby their quality of motivation (Deci and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Grade 5, Biology
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Gulacar, Ozcan; Sinan, Olcay; Bowman, Charles R.; Yildirim, Yetkin – Research in Science Education, 2015
A study is presented that explores how students' knowledge structures, as related to the scientific method, compare at different student ages. A word association test comprised of ten total stimulus words, among them "experiment," "science fair," and "hypothesis," is used to probe the students' knowledge structures.…
Descriptors: Scientific Methodology, Science Education, Word Lists, Stimuli
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Opitz, Sebastian T.; Harms, Ute; Neumann, Knut; Kowalzik, Kristin; Frank, Arne – Research in Science Education, 2015
Energy is considered both a core idea and a crosscutting concept in science education. A thorough understanding of the energy concept is thought to help students learn about other (related) concepts within and across science subjects, thereby fostering scientific literacy. This study investigates students' progression in understanding the energy…
Descriptors: Energy, Scientific Concepts, Science Education, Concept Formation
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Bickel, Malte; Strack, Micha; Bögeholz, Susanne – Research in Science Education, 2015
Modern knowledge-based societies, especially their younger members, have largely lost their bonds to farming. However, learning about agriculture and its interrelations with environmental issues may be facilitated by students' individual interests in agriculture. To date, an adequate instrument to investigate agricultural interests has been…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Agriculture, Grade 5, Grade 6
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