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Haeusler, Carole; Donovan, Jennifer – Research in Science Education, 2020
Solutions to global issues demand the involvement of scientists, yet concern exists about retention rates in science as students pass through school into University. Young children are curious about science, yet are considered incapable of grappling with abstract and microscopic concepts such as atoms, sub-atomic particles, molecules and DNA.…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Nuclear Physics, Theories
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Deehan, James; Danaia, Lena; McKinnon, David H. – Research in Science Education, 2020
The science achievement of primary students, both in Australia and abroad, has been the subject of intensive research in recent decades. Consequently, much research has been conducted to investigate primary science education. Within this literature, there is a striking juxtaposition between tertiary science teaching preparation programs and the…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Self Efficacy, Teaching Experience
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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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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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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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Sliogeris, Marija; Almeida, Sylvia Christine – Research in Science Education, 2019
Play-based approaches to science learning allow children to meaningfully draw on their everyday experiences and activities as they explore science concepts in context. Acknowledging the crucial role of the teacher in facilitating science learning through play, the purpose of this qualitative study was to examine how teacher-guided play, in…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Play, Science Activities, Science Instruction
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Forbes, Anne; Skamp, Keith – Research in Science Education, 2019
"MyScience" is a primary science education initiative in which being in a community of practice (CoP) is integral to the learning process. Stakeholder groups--primary teachers, primary students and scientist mentors--interact around the CoP "domain" of investigating scientifically and learn from each other "through…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Student Attitudes
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Leden, Lotta; Hansson, Lena – Research in Science Education, 2019
The inclusion of "nature of science" (NOS) in science education has for a long time been regarded as crucial. There is, however, a lack of research on appropriate NOS aspects for different educational levels. An even more neglected area of research is that focusing on teachers' perspectives on NOS teaching at different levels. The aim of…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Science Education, Elementary School Science
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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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Jung, Karl G. – Research in Science Education, 2019
Engagement in meaningful and authentic science learning requires students to access not only the science content and practices but also the academic language required to talk and write within science classrooms. This academic language creates a challenge within science classrooms as for many students this language differs from their everyday…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Academic Language, Coaching (Performance), Partnerships in Education
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Lee, Jeong-A; Kim, Chan-Jong – Research in Science Education, 2019
This study aims to understand interactions in Korean elementary science classrooms, which are heavily influenced by Confucianism. Ethnographic observations of two elementary science teachers' classrooms in Korea are provided. Their classes are fairly traditional teaching, which mean teacher-centered interactions are dominant. To understand the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Power Structure, Teacher Student Relationship, Elementary School Science
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Preston, Christine Margaret – Research in Science Education, 2019
This article reports on the effect of using a diagram to develop primary students' conceptual understanding about electric circuits. Diagrammatic representations of electric circuits are used for teaching and assessment despite the absence of research on their pedagogical effectiveness with young learners. Individual interviews were used to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Visual Aids, Instructional Effectiveness, Equipment
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Martin, Jenny – Research in Science Education, 2019
This paper provides a report of a case study on the professional agency of an experienced early years teacher, Sarah, who successfully embedded a chemical science program of teaching-learning for her students aged between 6 and 8. Interactive ethnography informs the research design, and discursive psychology provides the tools for the analysis of…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Young Children, Teacher Attitudes
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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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Billingsley, Berry; Nassaji, Mehdi; Fraser, Sharon; Lawson, Finley – Research in Science Education, 2018
This paper gives the rationale and a draft outline for a framework for education to teach epistemic insight into schools in England. The motivation to research and propose a strategy to teach and assess epistemic insight followed research that investigated how students and teachers in primary and secondary schools respond to "big…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Models, Science Education, Sciences
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