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Chen, Ying-Chih – Science & Education, 2020
Scientific knowledge is advanced because scientists manage uncertainty. Although managing uncertainty is an essential practice of science, transferring it from expert settings to K-12 classrooms is problematic because, understandably, students are not familiar with the intentions of scientists. Few studies have explored learning science as an…
Descriptors: Dialogs (Language), Persuasive Discourse, Teacher Student Relationship, Grade 5
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Lorsbach, Anthony W.; Meyer, Allison Antink; Arias, Anna Maria – Science & Education, 2019
This study took place in an introductory science inquiry course for preservice elementary school teachers as a supplement to lessons on critical thinking. The correspondence of Charles Darwin was used to provide historical context to nature of science concepts of the sociocultural embeddedness of science, the subjective and reflective nature of…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Inquiry
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Farris, Amy Voss; Dickes, Amanda C.; Sengupta, Pratim – Science & Education, 2019
Studies of scientific practice demonstrate that the development of scientific models is an enactive and emergent process (e.g., Pickering 1995; Chandrasekharan and Nersessian 2017). Scientists make meaning through processes such as perspective taking, finding patterns, and following intuitions. In this paper, we focus on how a group of fourth…
Descriptors: Measurement, Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Models
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Akerson, Valarie L.; Carter, Ingrid; Pongsanon, Khemmawadee; Nargund-Joshi, Vanashri – Science & Education, 2019
Our goal in this article is to provide research-based strategies for embedding Nature of Science (NOS) into science instruction at the elementary level. We thus intend to aid researchers, professional developers, and teachers in noting that not only is it important and possible to teach NOS at the elementary levels, but also that elementary…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science
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Antink-Meyer, Allison; Brown, Ryan A. – Science & Education, 2019
The inclusion of engineering standards in US science education standards is potentially important because of how limited engineering education for K-12 learners is, despite the ubiquity of engineering in students' lives. However, the majority of learners experience science education throughout their compulsory schooling. If improved engineering…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Literacy, Engineering Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Brunner, Jeanne L. – Science & Education, 2019
This study investigates the use of specific educative features for supporting the teaching of nature of science (NOS) during read-alouds of elementary science trade books. Educative features are components of educative curriculum materials that aim to increase teachers' content knowledge and support effective instructional practices. Understanding…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Reading Aloud to Others, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students
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Cofré, Hernán; Núñez, Paola; Santibáñez, David; Pavez, José M.; Valencia, Martina; Vergara, Claudia – Science & Education, 2019
There is widespread agreement that an adequate understanding of the nature of science (NOS) is a critical component of scientific literacy and a major goal in science education. However, we still do not know many specific details regarding how students and teachers learn particular aspects of NOS and what are the most important feature traits of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, Science Teachers
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Oh, Phil Seok – Science & Education, 2019
The purpose of this study was to investigate the features of modeling-based abductive reasoning as a disciplinary practice of inquiry in the domain of earth science. The study was based on an undergraduate course of a university of education, Korea, offered for preservice elementary teachers majoring in science as their specialty. The course…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Logical Thinking, Inquiry, Science Process Skills
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Can, S. Nazli; Saribas, Deniz – Science & Education, 2019
The aim of the present study is to explore pre-service elementary teachers' evaluations of the evidence and models and their positions on a socio-scientific topic, namely genetically modified organisms (GMOs), after evaluating them through Model Evidence Link (MEL) diagrams. The findings of this study show that the participants mostly constructed…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Science and Society
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Besse, M.; Fragnière, S.; Müller, A.; Piguet, M.; Dubois, L.; Miéville, D.; Schoeb, S.; Schumacher, D. – Science & Education, 2019
This article is about an intervention introducing prehistoric life in primary education. Its objectives were to foster openness and interest for prehistory and archaeology, as well as content knowledge and conceptual learning with a focus on four main facets: basic knowledge about prehistoric life; conceptual learning/change regarding prehistory;…
Descriptors: Archaeology, Workshops, Primary Education, Intervention
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Caiman, Cecilia; Jakobson, Britt – Science & Education, 2019
The aim of this study was to examine the role of aesthetic practice in elementary school and the consequences for children's meaning-making in science. More specifically, we intended to scrutinise what science learning emerges within the process, to target the consequences of adopting art practice in science class and to explore these two…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Aesthetics, Teaching Methods
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Santini, Jérôme; Bloor, Tracy; Sensevy, Gérard – Science & Education, 2018
Our research addresses the issue of teaching and learning concepts in science education as an empirical question. We study the process of conceptualization by closely examining the unfolding of classroom lesson sequences. We situate our work within the practice turn line of research on epistemic practices in science education. We also adopt a…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Teacher Effectiveness, Comparative Analysis, Seismology
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Cardoso, Alexandra; Ribeiro, Tiago; Vasconcelos, Clara – Science & Education, 2018
This article studies the conceptions of the interior of the Earth held by Portuguese elementary school children and senior citizens. Several studies were conducted regarding conceptions related to Earth sciences, such as rocks, minerals, earthquakes geological time, and Earth structure. Most of these studies involved students enrolled in…
Descriptors: Older Adults, Elementary School Students, Earth Science, Freehand Drawing
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Nyléhn, Jorun; Ødegaard, Marianne – Science & Education, 2018
The nature of science (NOS) is a primary goal in school science. Most teachers are not well-prepared for teaching NOS, but a sophisticated and in-depth understanding of NOS is necessary for effective teaching. Some authors emphasize the need for teaching NOS in context. Species, a central concept in biology, is proposed in this article as a…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts, Textbooks, Science Instruction
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Xiao, Sihan; Sandoval, William A. – Science & Education, 2017
Science educators are typically dismayed by the failure of students to use relevant scientific knowledge when reasoning about socioscientific issues. Except for the well-documented association between having more knowledge about a topic and a tendency to use that knowledge, the influences on students' evaluation of information in socioscientific…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Scientific Attitudes, Evaluative Thinking, Science and Society
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