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Bae, Christine L.; DeBusk-Lane, Morgan; Hayes, Kathryn N.; Zhang, Fa – Research in Science Education, 2021
The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a survey of opportunities to participate (OtP) in science that will allow educators and researchers to closely approximate the types of learning opportunities students have in science classrooms. Additionally, we examined whether and how opportunity gaps in science learning may exist across…
Descriptors: Science Education, Socioeconomic Status, Longitudinal Studies, Educational Opportunities
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Yerdelen-Damar, Sevda; Eryilmaz, Ali – Research in Science Education, 2021
This study investigated the effect of the metacognitive instruction in which students' epistemic cognitions were explicitly addressed, on tenth-grade students' conceptual understandings regarding force and motion. The participants of the study included 107 (49 female, 58 male) tenth-grade students at two public high schools. A quasi-experimental…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 10, Metacognition, Epistemology
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Liou, Pey-Yan; Bulut, Okan – Research in Science Education, 2020
The purpose of this study was to examine eighth-grade students' science performance in terms of two test design components, item format, and cognitive domain. The portion of Taiwanese data came from the 2011 administration of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), one of the major international large-scale assessments…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Grade 8, Science Achievement
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Günter, Tugçe – Research in Science Education, 2020
This research investigated the effect of problem-based learning (PBL) for the topic of "energy metabolism" in a biochemistry course on the academic achievements of students studying in the healthcare field in a nursing department. The study had a one-group pre-test and post-test research design. The study group consisted of first-year…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Science Achievement, Energy, Metabolism
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Thompson, E. David; Bowling, Bethany V.; Markle, Ross E. – Research in Science Education, 2018
Studies over the last 30 years have considered various factors related to student success in introductory biology courses. While much of the available literature suggests that the best predictors of success in a college course are prior college grade point average (GPA) and class attendance, faculty often require a valuable predictor of success in…
Descriptors: Success, Biology, Science Instruction, Predictor Variables
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Bitting, Kelsey S.; McCartney, Marsha J.; Denning, Kathy R.; Roberts, Jennifer A. – Research in Science Education, 2018
Virtual globe programs such as Google Earth replicate real-world experiential learning of spatial and geographic concepts by allowing students to navigate across our planet without ever leaving campus. However, empirical evidence for the learning value of these technological tools and the experience students gain by exploration assignments framed…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Pretests Posttests, Gender Differences, Ethnicity
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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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Nichols, Kim; Gillies, Robyn; Hedberg, John – Research in Science Education, 2016
This study explored the impact of argumentation-promoting collaborative inquiry and representational work in science on primary students' representational fluency. Two hundred sixty-six year 6 students received instruction on natural disasters with a focus on collaborative inquiry. Students in the Comparison condition received only this…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Science Education, Science Instruction, Inquiry
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Hrin, Tamara N.; Fahmy, Ameen F. M.; Segedinac, Mirjana D.; Milenkovic, Dušica D. – Research in Science Education, 2016
Many studies dedicated to the teaching and learning of organic chemistry courses have emphasized that high school students have shown significant difficulties in mastering the concepts of this discipline. Therefore, the aim of our study was to help students to overcome these difficulties by applying systemic synthesis questions, [SSynQs], as the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Organic Chemistry, Control Groups, Teaching Methods
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Capobianco, Brenda M.; Yu, Ji H.; French, Brian F. – Research in Science Education, 2015
The integration of engineering concepts and practices into elementary science education has become an emerging concern for science educators and practitioners, alike. Moreover, how children, specifically preadolescents (grades 1-5), engage in engineering design-based learning activities may help science educators and researchers learn more about…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary School Science, Engineering, Scientific Concepts
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Federer, Meghan Rector; Nehm, Ross H.; Opfer, John E.; Pearl, Dennis – Research in Science Education, 2015
A large body of work has been devoted to reducing assessment biases that distort inferences about students' science understanding, particularly in multiple-choice instruments (MCI). Constructed-response instruments (CRI), however, have invited much less scrutiny, perhaps because of their reputation for avoiding many of the documented biases of…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Process Skills, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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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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Sreenivasulu, Bellam; Subramaniam, R. – Research in Science Education, 2014
Compared to studies on school students' understanding of various topics in the sciences, studies involving university students have received relatively less attention in the science education literature. In this study, we investigated university students' understanding of transition metals chemistry, a topic in inorganic chemistry, which…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Instruction, Metallurgy
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Dickerson, Daniel L.; Eckhoff, Angela; Stewart, Craig O.; Chappell, Shanan; Hathcock, Stephanie – Research in Science Education, 2014
The purpose of this study is to determine whether a pullout STEM program (STARBASE) makes reading and math scores decrease and examine its impact on urban fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students' attitudes and perceptions regarding STEM education and careers. We employed a mixed-methods, case study approach that involved two published and one…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Elementary School Students, Achievement Gap, Standardized Tests
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Ogunkola, Babalola J.; Archer-Bradshaw, Ramona E. – Research in Science Education, 2013
This study investigated the self-reported instructional assessment practices of a selected sample of secondary school science teachers in Barbados. The study sought to determine if there were statistically significant differences in the instructional assessment practices of teachers based on their sex and teacher quality (teaching experience,…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Teaching Experience, Secondary Schools
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