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Christensen, Dana; Lombardi, Doug – Science & Education, 2020
Computational thinking is a contemporary science and engineering practice that has been introduced to the US science classrooms due to its emphasis in the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS). However, including computational thinking into science instruction may be challenging. Therefore, for biological evolution (an essential…
Descriptors: Biology, Evolution, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods
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Ortiz-Revilla, Jairo; Adúriz-Bravo, Agustín; Greca, Ileana M. – Science & Education, 2020
In primary and secondary schools, the disciplines encompassed in "STEM"--Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics--have usually been studied as separate subjects, with little effort directed towards non-anecdotal integration. "Integrated STEM education" is one of the most recent interdisciplinary proposals and, under…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Epistemology, Social Justice
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Reiss, Michael J. – Science & Education, 2020
In this position paper, I examine how the history, philosophy and sociology of science (HPS) can contribute to science education in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic. I discuss shortcomings in the ways that history is often used in school science, and examine how knowledge of previous pandemics might help in teaching about COVID-19. I look at the…
Descriptors: Science Education, COVID-19, Pandemics, Measurement
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Millar, Victoria – Science & Education, 2020
In the last decade, the term STEM has been increasingly picked up internationally and come to represent a solution to a range of issues. Within education, STEM is being translated as a curriculum organiser that has the possibility of engaging and retaining students and is interdisciplinary and skills focussed. This paper takes the STEM curriculum…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Curriculum, Influences
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Park, Wonyong; Wu, Jen-Yi; Erduran, Sibel – Science & Education, 2020
Understanding the nature of science (NOS) has emerged as a core curricular goal since at least the 1960s. While science education reforms around the world have shed light on various epistemic and social underpinnings of science, how science curriculum documents portray the nature of other related disciplines such as mathematics and engineering has…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Educational Change, STEM Education
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Develaki, Maria – Science & Education, 2020
In the literature, there are multiple definitions of integrated STEM education, resulting in ambiguity and uncertainty of application. A firm conception of integrated STEM education is needed to determine its content, procedures and epistemological knowledge, the latter being the focus of this article. While epistemological accounts exist for its…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Definitions, Epistemology, Educational Practices
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McComas, William F.; Burgin, Stephen R. – Science & Education, 2020
While a mutually agreed-upon definition of STEM education remains elusive, there is no doubt that instructional models and ideas put forward with the STEM label have had a tremendous impact on thinking, debate, and practice in schools worldwide. At issue is the degree to which some or all the STEM disciplines must be taught in a concurrent or…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Criticism, Definitions, Teaching Methods
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Pleasants, Jacob – Science & Education, 2020
Around the world, there is a growing interest in integrated STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education. Many of the calls for integrated STEM emphasize the need for students to engage with complex STEM problems that cut across multiple fields. Yet there is a need to clarify the nature of those problems and differentiate STEM…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Classification, Teaching Methods, Social Influences
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Quinn, Candice M.; Reid, Joshua W.; Gardner, Grant E. – Science & Education, 2020
The paper provides a theoretical synthesis that addresses the multiple calls to consider the existence of an integrated nature of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The nature of STEM (NOSTEM) has been advocated for as a way to promote effective STEM instruction in K-16 education and has been challenged as being…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Teaching Methods, Epistemology, Inquiry
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Mangiante, Elaine Silva; Gabriele-Black, Kaitlin A. – Science & Education, 2020
In the USA context of the Next Generation Science Standards, elementary teachers face challenges in implementing engineering practices in their teaching due their lack of experience and training in engineering design. The paper reports about a multiple case study that examined one professional development approach to improve teachers'…
Descriptors: Inquiry, STEM Education, Design, Engineering Education
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Reynante, Brandon M.; Selbach-Allen, Megan E.; Pimentel, Daniel R. – Science & Education, 2020
Growing interest in integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (iSTEM) education has been promoted as one way to increase innovation capacity, support future employment, and enhance learning outcomes in K-12 education throughout the USA. Existing efforts to construct iSTEM curricula have largely focused on finding points of…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Epistemology, Problem Solving, Kindergarten
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Silva, Heslley Machado; Mortimer, Eduardo Fleury – Science & Education, 2020
In comparison to teachers from Argentina and Uruguay, Brazilian teachers face greater difficulties in teaching biological evolution, due to religion. While Argentina has an official religion set in its constitution, Uruguay and Brazil are considered secular countries. Despite being a self-proclaimed secular country, Brazil tolerates and encourages…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Evolution, Religious Factors, Biology
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Archila, Pablo Antonio; Molina, Jorge; Truscott de Mejía, Anne-Marie – Science & Education, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic is the reason why humanity is paying more attention to the importance of regular and rigorous handwashing. Interestingly, in the nineteenth century, regular and rigorous handwashing was a key (and controversial) solution proposed by the Hungarian obstetrician Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis to cut drastically cases of puerperal…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Undergraduate Students, Persuasive Discourse, Case Method (Teaching Technique)
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Mesci, Günkut – Science & Education, 2020
The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effectiveness of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK)-based nature of science (NOS) teaching on pre-service science teachers' (PSTs) NOS views. The study is grounded by conceptual change and experiential learning theory. It is also framed by the teacher professional knowledge and skill (TPK&S) PCK…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Scientific Principles
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Mohan, Ashwin Krishnan – Science & Education, 2020
Quantum mechanics has proven to be a challenging subject for instructors to teach and conceptually difficult for students to understand. A major source of the difficulty is the lack of everyday experience that quantum mechanics can be related to and the change in thinking required in transitioning from deterministic classical mechanics to a…
Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Textbooks, Textbook Content, Higher Education
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