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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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Lidar, Malena; Lundqvist, Eva; Ryder, Jim; Östman, Leif – Research in Science Education, 2020
In Sweden, a new curriculum and new methods of assessment (grading of students and national tests) in science education were introduced in grade 6 in 2012/2013. We have investigated what implications these reforms have for teachers' teaching and assessment practices in order to explore the question of how teachers transform their teaching habits…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grading, National Competency Tests, Science Tests
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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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Ryoo, Ji Hoon; Tai, Robert H.; Skeeles-Worley, Angela D. – Research in Science Education, 2020
In longitudinal studies, measurement invariance is required to conduct substantive comparisons over time or across groups. In this study, we examined measurement invariance on a recently developed instrument capturing student preferences for seven instructional strategies related to science learning and career interest. We have labeled these seven…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Longitudinal Studies, Comparative Analysis, Error of Measurement
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Soysal, Y. – Research in Science Education, 2020
This study identified the accumulated distributions of the enacted discursive moves during classroom inquiry to demonstrate how a science teacher reacted to the existence of two mutually exclusive social languages: everyday social languages of the students vs. social languages of school science. The participants were a science teacher and 26…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Discourse Analysis, Video Technology, Science Teachers
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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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Lehtinen, Antti; Lehesvuori, Sami; Viiri, Jouni – Research in Science Education, 2019
Recent research has argued that inquiry-based science learning should be guided by providing the learners with support. The research on guidance for inquiry-based learning has concentrated on how providing guidance affects learning through inquiry. How guidance for inquiry-based learning could promote learning about inquiry (e.g. epistemic…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Classroom Communication
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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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Opitz, S. T.; Neumann, K.; Bernholt, S.; Harms, U. – Research in Science Education, 2019
Energy is considered both as a disciplinary core idea and as a concept cutting across science disciplines. Most previous approaches studied progressing energy understanding in specific disciplinary contexts, while disregarding the relation of understanding across them. Hence, this study provides a systematic analysis of cross-disciplinary energy…
Descriptors: Energy, Scientific Concepts, Biology, Chemistry
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Sung, Ji Young; Oh, Phil Seok – Research in Science Education, 2018
Recent science education reform initiatives suggest that learning in science should be organized on the basis of scientists' actual practices including the development and use of models. In line with this, the current study adapted three types of modeling practices to teach two Korean 6th grade science classes the causes of the Earth's seasons.…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Educational Change, Models, Foreign Countries
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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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Jang, Jeong-yoon; Hand, Brian – Research in Science Education, 2017
This study investigated the value of using a scaffolded critique framework to promote two different types of writing--argumentative writing and explanatory writing--with different purposes within an argument-based inquiry approach known as the Science Writing Heuristic (SWH) approach. A quasi-experimental design with sixth and seventh grade…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Persuasive Discourse, Writing Assignments
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Gillies, Robyn M.; Nichols, Kim – Research in Science Education, 2015
Many primary teachers face challenges in teaching inquiry science, often because they believe that they do not have the content knowledge or pedagogical skills to do so. This is a concern given the emphasis attached to teaching science through inquiry where students do not simply learn about science but also do science. This study reports on the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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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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