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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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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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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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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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Chen, Ying-Chih; Hand, Brian; Park, Soonhye – Science & Education, 2016
Argumentation, and the production of scientific arguments are critical elements of inquiry that are necessary for helping students become scientifically literate through engaging them in constructing and critiquing ideas. This case study employed a mixed methods research design to examine the development in 5th grade students' practices of oral…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Scientific Literacy
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Michel, Hanno; Neumann, Irene – Science & Education, 2016
Besides viewing knowledge about the nature of science (NOS) as important for its own value with respect to scientific literacy, an adequate understanding of NOS is expected to improve science content learning by fostering the ability to interrelate scientific concepts and, thus, coherently acquire scientific content knowledge. However, there is a…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Grade 6, Grade 7, Energy
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Burgin, Stephen R.; Alonzo, Jenifer; Hill, Victoria J. – Science & Education, 2016
This article focuses on the impact of a professional play that we developed in order to introduce elementary learners of an urban school to the research of a scientist working at a local university. The play was written in a way that might increase student understandings of the nature of science, scientific inquiry, the identity of scientists, and…
Descriptors: Theater Arts, Drama, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Fouad, Khadija E.; Masters, Heidi; Akerson, Valarie L. – Science & Education, 2015
Science lessons using inquiry only or history of science with inquiry were used for explicit reflective nature of science (NOS) instruction for second-, third-, and fourth-grade students randomly assigned to receive one of the treatments. Students in both groups improved in their understanding of creative NOS, tentative NOS, empirical NOS, and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Science Instruction, Inquiry
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Papadopoulos, Ioannis – Science & Education, 2014
This paper describes a classroom experiment where students use techniques found in the history of mathematics to learn about an important mathematical idea. More precisely, sixth graders in a primary school follow Archimedes's method of exhaustion in order to compute the number p. Working in a computer environment, students inscribe and…
Descriptors: History, Grade 6, Elementary School Science, Computer Uses in Education
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Na, Jiyeon; Song, Jinwoong – Science & Education, 2014
The purposes of this study were, based on John Dewey's ideas on experience, to examine how primary students used their own everyday experience and were affected by own and others' experience in science discourse, and to illuminate the implications of experience in science education. To do these, science discourses by a group of six…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Experience, Science Education, Grade 4
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Leone, Matteo – Science & Education, 2014
The present paper advocates the use of History of Science into the teaching of science in primary education through a case study in the field of electricity. In this study, which provides both historical and experimental evidence, a number of conceptual difficulties faced by early nineteenth century physicists are shown to be a useful tool to…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science History, Elementary School Science, Case Studies