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Galili, Igal – Science & Education, 2019
This study considers the short list of Nature of Science (NOS) features frequently published and widely known in the science education discourse. It is argued that these features were oversimplified and a refinement of the claims may enrich or sometimes reverse them. The analysis shows the need to address the range of variation in each particular…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Education, Science History, Science Instruction
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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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Gray, Kathryn L.; Fouad, Khadija E. – Science & Education, 2019
This study examines the use of an explicit, reflective method for teaching the difference and relationship between scientific theories and laws to ninth-grade students. Students reflected individually and then as a whole class on theories and laws using a Venn diagram, both before and after reading short articles describing features of theories…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Visual Aids
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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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Erduran, Sibel; Dagher, Zoubeida R.; McDonald, Christine V. – Science & Education, 2019
The emergence of the Family Resemblance Approach (FRA) to nature of science (NOS) has prompted a fresh wave of scholarship embracing this new approach in science education. The FRA provides an ambitious and practical vision for what NOS-enriched science content should aim for and promotes evidence-based practices in science education to support…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Course Content, Evidence Based Practice
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Yeh, Yi-Fen; Erduran, Sibel; Hsu, Ying-Shao – Science & Education, 2019
The article focuses on the analysis of curriculum documents from Taiwan to investigate how benchmarks for learning nature of science (NOS) are positioned in different versions of the science curricula. Following a review of different approaches to the conceptualization of NOS and the role of NOS in promoting scientific literacy, an empirical study…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction
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Cigdemoglu, Ceyhan; Köseoglu, Fitnat – Science & Education, 2019
The present study specifically focuses on science teachers' views about scientific inquiry and their use of scientific inquiry in their lesson plans, which were prepared at a professional development workshop designed for better utilization of science centers (SCs). As an impact evaluation research, qualitative data was collected from 41…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Inquiry, Lesson Plans
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Nouri, Noushin; McComas, William F.; Aponte-Martinez, Gerardo J. – Science & Education, 2019
This multiple-case study examined the rationales and instructional strategies for teaching history of science (HOS) of 16 instructors of a history of science course for undergraduate preservice teachers in the USA. Based on instructor syllabi, instructional materials, and instructor interviews, we conducted single-case and cross-case analyses to…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Science History, Teaching Methods, Knowledge Level
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Dunlop, Lynda; Veneu, Fernanda – Science & Education, 2019
Controversies in science are an essential feature of scientific practice: defined here as current problems that are unresolved because there are no accepted procedures by which they can be resolved or there are differing assumptions that affect the interpretation of evidence. Although there has been much attention in science education literature…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Science and Society
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Hancock, Tamara S.; Friedrichsen, Patricia J.; Kinslow, Andrew T.; Sadler, Troy D. – Science & Education, 2019
Currently there is little guidance given to teachers in selecting focal issues for socio-scientific issues (SSI)-based teaching and learning. As a majority of teachers regularly collaborate with other teachers, understanding what factors influence collaborative SSI-based curriculum design is critical. We invited 18 secondary science teachers to…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Secondary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Science and Society
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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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Kahn, Sami; Zeidler, Dana L. – Science & Education, 2019
Perspective taking is a critical yet tangled construct that is used to describe a range of psychological processes and that is applied interchangeably with related constructs. The resulting ambiguity is particularly vexing in science education, where although perspective taking is recognized as critical to informed citizens' ability to negotiate…
Descriptors: Perspective Taking, Logical Thinking, Science Education, Science and Society
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