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Kapon, Suulamit – Science Education, 2017
Learning science involves an ongoing process in which learners construct and reconstruct self-explanations and evaluate their relative soundness. This work coordinates and aligns complementary methodological and theoretical approaches to learning to both unpack sensemaking and better understand the conditions that facilitate it. I conceptualize…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts, Guidelines
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Wallace, Carolyn S.; Brooks, Lori – Science Education, 2015
Lack of time for teaching science in traditional classroom placements in the United States has led some science teacher educators to provide practice teaching time for elementary education students in informal science settings. The purposes of this study were to describe the culture of one science methods course taught in conjunction with a K-7…
Descriptors: Science Education, Teacher Educators, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses
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Sharma, Ajay; Buxton, Cory A. – Science Education, 2015
Science education has a central role to play in preparing a scientifically literate citizenry that is capable of understanding complex environmental challenges facing human societies and making well-informed and evidence-based decisions that help resolve these challenges. However, evidence suggests that most Americans are poorly equipped with the…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Nature Nurture Controversy, Middle Schools, Textbook Evaluation
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Garcia-Mila, Merce; Gilabert, Sandra; Erduran, Sibel; Felton, Mark – Science Education, 2013
In argumentative discourse, there are two kinds of activity--dispute and deliberation--that depend on the argumentative task goal. In dispute the goal is to defend a conclusion by undermining alternatives, whereas in deliberation the goal is to arrive at a conclusion by contrasting alternatives. In this study, we examine the impact of these tasks…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Junior High School Students, Discourse Analysis, Energy
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Williams, Michelle; DeBarger, Angela Haydel; Montgomery, Beronda L.; Zhou, Xuechun; Tate, Erika – Science Education, 2012
This study examines students' understanding of the normative connections between key concepts of cell division, including both mitosis and meiosis, and underlying biological principles that are critical for an in-depth understanding of genetic inheritance. Using a structural equation modeling method, we examine middle school students'…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Genetics, Middle School Students, Structural Equation Models
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Seah, Lay Hoon; Clarke, David J.; Hart, Christina E. – Science Education, 2011
This study attends to the possibilities of analyzing students' writings at a lexicogrammatical level in terms of their use of linguistic resources, and the insights afforded by this approach into the challenges students faced when they employed the language of school science related to the phenomenon of expansion. For the purpose of this study,…
Descriptors: Assignments, Language Patterns, Linguistics, Grade 7
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Ritchie, Stephen M.; Tobin, Kenneth; Hudson, Peter; Roth, Wolff-Michael; Mergard, Victoria – Science Education, 2011
Teaching is emotional work. This is especially the case in the first years of teaching when new teachers are particularly vulnerable. By understanding changes in teacher emotions in the early years of teaching, we hope to identify strategies that might ultimately reduce teacher attrition. As part of a larger study of the transition of new teachers…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching (Occupation), Beginning Teachers, Emotional Adjustment
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Harlow, Danielle B.; Swanson, Lauren H.; Nylund-Gibson, Karen; Truxler, Adam – Science Education, 2011
Understanding what children know is paramount to planning effective science instruction; however, in any classroom, the students hold a variety of ideas. Representing these differences in ways that also acknowledge the common trends among students might facilitate the process of differentiation. To exemplify one such possible process of…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Science Instruction, Student Reaction, Age Differences
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Berland, Leema K.; Reiser, Brian J. – Science Education, 2011
Scientific argumentation is increasingly seen as a key inquiry practice for students in science classrooms. This is a complex practice that entails three overlapping, instructional goals: Participants "articulate their understandings" and work to "persuade others of those understandings" in order to "make sense of the…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Science Instruction, Middle School Students, Curriculum Design
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Lee, Hee-Sun; Liu, Ou Lydia – Science Education, 2010
We use a construct-based assessment approach to measure learning progression of energy concepts across physical, life, and earth science contexts in middle school grades. We model the knowledge integration construct in six levels in terms of the numbers of ideas and links used in student-generated explanations. For this study, we selected 10 items…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Standardized Tests, Earth Science, Energy
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Kuhn, Deanna – Science Education, 2010
The concept of science as argument, and the view that engaging in scientific argumentation should play a key role in science education, has become widely endorsed. The case is made here that this objective will be enhanced by broad understanding of the nature of argument skills and their directions and patterns of development. A line of research…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Role, Science Education, Epistemology
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Smothers, Sinikka M.; Goldston, M. Jenice – Science Education, 2010
This qualitative multiple case study explored the conceptual frameworks of two congenitally blind male adolescents on the nature of matter. We examined participants' responses on four tactile investigations focused on concepts and processes associated with matter changes. The matter changes investigated were dissolution, chemical change,…
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Investigations, Focus Groups, Adolescents
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Chang, Hsin-Yi; Quintana, Chris; Krajcik, Joseph S. – Science Education, 2010
In this study, we investigated whether the understanding of the particulate nature of matter by students was improved by allowing them to design and evaluate molecular animations of chemical phenomena. We developed Chemation, a learner-centered animation tool, to allow seventh-grade students to construct flipbook-like simple animations to show…
Descriptors: Animation, Peer Evaluation, Factor Analysis, Effect Size
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Davidson, Susan Kay; Passmore, Cynthia; Anderson, David – Science Education, 2010
This paper reports on the findings of a case study that investigated the interaction of the agendas and practices of students, teachers, and zoo educators during a class field trip to a zoo. The study reports on findings of the analysis of two case classes of students and their perceptions of their learning experiences during the field trip. The…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Recreational Facilities, Interaction, Attitude Measures
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Wu, Hsin-Kai; Krajcik, Joseph S. – Science Education, 2006
This study explores seventh graders' use of inscriptions in a teacher-designed project-based science unit. To investigate students' learning practices during the 8-month water quality unit, we collected multiple sources of data (e.g., classroom video recordings, student artifacts, and teacher interviews) and employed analytical methods that drew…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Grade 7, Water Quality, Science Education
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