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Koster, Edwin; de Regt, Henk W. – Science & Education, 2020
While a conception of science as value free has been dominant since Max Weber defended it in the nineteenth century, recent years have witnessed an emerging consensus that science is not -- and cannot be -- completely free of values. Which values may legitimately influence science, and in which ways, is currently a topic of heated debate in…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Education, Values
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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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Ottemo, Andreas; Berge, Maria; Silfver, Eva – Science Education, 2020
A diverse body of feminist scholarship has addressed the masculine orientation of Western engineering education for at least four decades. Among critiques specifically targeting curriculum, a recurrent line of argumentation highlights its reductionist framing and narrow focus on mathematics and technology. The argument is that these traits…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Gender Bias, Engineering Education, Undergraduate Study
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Witteveen, Dirk; Attewell, Paul – Science Education, 2020
The low number of baccalaureates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is often viewed as problematic for the US's economic competitiveness, leading scholars to search for explanations for STEM retention. Our analyses of the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study indicate that the notion of a so-called…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Grading, Majors (Students), School Holding Power
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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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Bhakthavatsalam, Sindhuja – Science & Education, 2019
Teaching false theories goes against the general pedagogical and philosophical belief that we must only teach and learn what is true. In general, the goal of pedagogy is taken to be epistemic: to gain knowledge and avoid ignorance. In this article, I argue that for realists and antirealists alike, epistemological and pedagogical goals have to come…
Descriptors: Theories, Teaching Methods, Educational Philosophy, Science Instruction
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Melo, Énery; Bächtold, Manuel – Science & Education, 2018
This article presents and discusses an innovative pedagogical device designed for training pre-service teachers on the nature of science. We endorse an approach according to which aspects of the nature of science should be explicitly discussed in order to be understood by learners. We identified quantum physics, and more precisely the principles…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Van Wart, Audra; O'Brien, Theresa C.; Varvayanis, Susi; Alder, Janet; Greenier, Jennifer; Layton, Rebekah L.; Stayart, C. Abigail; Wefes, Inge; Brady, Ashley E. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2020
Experiential learning is an effective educational tool across many academic disciplines, including career development. Nine different institutions bridged by the National Institutes of Health Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training Consortium compared their experiments in rethinking and expanding training of predoctoral graduate students and…
Descriptors: Career Development, Biomedicine, Graduate Students, Medical Students
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Meli, Kalliopi; Lavidas, Konstantinos; Koliopoulos, Dimitrios – Research in Science Education, 2020
Low enrolment in undergraduate level physics programmes has drawn the attention of the relevant disciplines, education policy-makers, and researchers worldwide. Many reports released during the previous decades attempt to identify the factors that attract young people to study science, but only few of them focus explicitly on physics. In Greece,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Physics, Course Selection (Students)
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Hales, Karen G. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2020
The study of genetics centers on how encoded information in DNA underlies similarities and differences between individuals and how traits are inherited. Genetics topics covered in a wide variety of undergraduate biology classrooms can relate to various identities held by students such as gender identity, disability, and race/ethnicity, among…
Descriptors: Genetics, Biology, Undergraduate Study, Sexual Identity
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Scott, Emily E.; Wenderoth, Mary Pat; Doherty, Jennifer H. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2020
Recent calls in biology education research (BER) have recommended that researchers leverage learning theories and methodologies from other disciplines to investigate the mechanisms by which students to develop sophisticated ideas. We suggest "design-based research" from the learning sciences is a compelling methodology for achieving this…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Education, Educational Research, Design
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Jensen-Ryan, Danielle; Murren, Courtney J.; Rutter, Matthew T.; Thompson, Jennifer Jo – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2020
Biology research is becoming increasingly dependent on large-scale, "big data," networked research initiatives. At the same time, there has been a corresponding effort to expand undergraduate participation in research to benefit student learning and persistence in science. This essay examines the confluence of this trend through eight…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Science Instruction, Biology, Undergraduate Students
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Kwak, Youngsun – Asia-Pacific Science Education, 2019
The purpose of this article is to examine the quality management of the secondary school science teachers in Korea. To improve the quality of teachers, it takes a coherent policy effort over the entire teaching career including pre-service teacher training, a quality control of teacher employment, and in-service teachers' professional development.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Science, Science Teachers
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Thompson, Kristjan L.; Gendreau, Julian L.; Strickling, Jarred E.; Young, Henry E. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2019
Mercer University School of Medicine utilizes a problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum for educating medical students in the basic clinical sciences. In 2014, an adjustment was piloted that enabled PBL cases to align with their corresponding cadaver dissection that reviewed the content of anatomy contained in the PBL cases. Faculty had the option…
Descriptors: Laboratory Procedures, Human Body, Problem Based Learning, Medical Students
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Kjelvik, Melissa K.; Schultheis, Elizabeth H. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
Data are becoming increasingly important in science and society, and thus data literacy is a vital asset to students as they prepare for careers in and outside science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and go on to lead productive lives. In this paper, we discuss why the strongest learning experiences surrounding data literacy may arise…
Descriptors: Data Use, Scientific Research, Information Literacy, STEM Education
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