NotesFAQContact Us
Collection
Advanced
Search Tips
Showing all 11 results Save | Export
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
Watkins, Jessica; McCormick, Mary; Wendell, Kristen Bethke; Spencer, Kathleen; Milto, Elissa; Portsmore, Merredith; Hammer, David – Science Education, 2018
The national efforts underway to include engineering in K-12 science education present a variety of new challenges, including how to prepare teachers to teach a new discipline. In this paper, we focus on elementary teachers and how they enter into "responsive teaching," in which they closely attend and meaningfully respond to students'…
Descriptors: Engineering, Design, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
Jaber, Lama Z.; Dini, Vesal; Hammer, David; Danahy, Ethan – Science Education, 2018
The "Framework for K-12 Science Education" (National Research Council, 2012) outlines eight practices to represent the diverse ways scientists construct and evaluate knowledge. Engaging students in these practices is a key instructional target in the science classroom. This target, however, creates particular challenges for online…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Electronic Learning, Web Based Instruction
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
Sikorski, Tiffany-Rose; Hammer, David – Science Education, 2017
Despite myriad attempts over the years to design curricula with logical ordering and connections, concerns persist that students view science as a body of prescribed information to memorize. In this essay, we argue that attempts to build coherence into the curriculum reflect fundamental and enduring misconceptions about the nature of coherence…
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Curriculum Design, Misconceptions, Rhetoric
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
Jaber, Lama Z.; Hammer, David – Science Education, 2016
There is increased attention in the science education community on the importance of engaging students in the practices of science. However, there is much to be learned about "how" students enter into and sustain their engagement in these practices. In this paper, we argue that "epistemic affect"--feelings and emotions…
Descriptors: Science Education, Student Reaction, Case Studies, Elementary School Students
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
Hutchison, Paul; Hammer, David – Science Education, 2010
Studies of learning in school settings indicate that many students frame activities in science classes as the production of answers for the teacher or test, rather than as making new sense of the natural world. A case study of an episode from a class taught by the first author demonstrates what productive and unproductive student framing can look…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Epistemology, Science Activities, Case Studies
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
Russ, Rosemary S.; Coffey, Janet E.; Hammer, David; Hutchison, Paul – Science Education, 2009
When teachers or students assess the quality of ideas in science classes, they do so mostly based on "textbook correctness"; ideas are good to the extent they align with or lead to the content as presented in the textbook or curriculum. Such appeals to authority are at odds with the values and practices within the disciplines of science. There has…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Epistemology, Science Education, Science Curriculum
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
Russ, Rosemary S.; Scherr, Rachel E.; Hammer, David; Mikeska, Jamie – Science Education, 2008
Science education reform has long focused on assessing student inquiry, and there has been progress in developing tools specifically with respect to experimentation and argumentation. We suggest the need for attention to another aspect of inquiry, namely "mechanistic reasoning." Scientific inquiry focuses largely on understanding causal…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Educational Change, Science Education, Inquiry
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
May, David B.; Hammer, David; Roy, Patricia – Science Education, 2006
Expert scientific inquiry involves the generation and use of analogies. How and when students might develop this aspect of expertise has implications for understanding how and when instruction might facilitate that development. In a study of K-8 student inquiry in physical science, we are examining cases of spontaneous analogy generation. In the…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Logical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Grade 3
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
van Zee, Emily H.; Hammer, David; Bell, Mary; Roy, Patricia; Peter, Jennifer – Science Education, 2005
This case study documents an example of inquiry learning and teaching during a summer institute for elementary and middle school teachers. A small group constructed an explanatory model for an intriguing optical phenomenon that they were observing. Research questions included: What physics thinking did the learners express? What aspects of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Middle School Teachers, Physics, Investigations
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Elby, Andrew; Hammer, David – Science Education, 2001
Questions the scientific community's consensus on the epistemological sophistication concerning scientific knowledge. Argues for a distinction between correctness and productivity of an epistemological stance and against certain blanket generalizations about the nature of knowledge and learning that do not attend to context. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Epistemology, Science Education, Scientific Principles
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Hammer, David – Science Education, 1995
Explores, in the context of a debate about velocity from the author's high school physics class, how a perspective of students as having epistemological beliefs might influence a teacher's perceptions of students and intentions for instruction. (LZ)
Descriptors: Epistemology, High Schools, Influences, Physics