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Lyon, Edward G.; Stoddart, Trish; Bunch, George C.; Tolbert, Sara; Salinas, Ivan; Solis, Jorge – Science Education, 2018
This proof of concept study investigated a secondary science teacher preparation intervention in six university programs across Arizona, California, and Texas. Researchers and science method instructors (SMIs) collaboratively restructured respective science method courses to hold fidelity to an interrelated set of instructional practices that…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses
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Donovan, Brian M. – Science Education, 2016
This field experiment manipulated the racial framing of a reading on human genetic disease to explore whether racial terminology in the biology curriculum affects how adolescents explain and respond to the racial achievement gap in American education. Carried out in a public high school in the San Francisco Bay Area, students recruited for the…
Descriptors: Field Studies, Genetics, Social Justice, Biology
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Lyon, Edward G. – Science Education, 2013
Although studies have documented teachers' growth in assessing science resulting from professional development or science methods courses, little attention has been given to growth while being prepared to assess a linguistically diverse student population. In this study, the growth of 11 secondary science preservice teachers is documented by…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Ryu, Suna; Sandoval, William A. – Science Education, 2012
The aim of this study was to assess whether and how a sustained instructional focus on argumentation might improve children's understanding and application of key epistemic criteria for scientific arguments. These criteria include the articulation of clear, coherent causal claims, and the explicit justification of such claims with appropriate…
Descriptors: Evidence, Criteria, Persuasive Discourse, Educational Change
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Kisiel, James; Rowe, Shawn; Vartabedian, Melanie Ani; Kopczak, Charles – Science Education, 2012
While the opportunity to engage in scientific reasoning has been identified as an important aspect of informal science learning (National Research Council, 2009), most studies have examined this strand of science learning within the context of physics-based science exhibits. Few have examined the presence of such activity in conjunction with live…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Animals, Museums, Video Technology
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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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Bianchini, Julie A.; Brenner, Mary E. – Science Education, 2010
We investigated how an induction program supported and constrained beginning teachers' efforts to teach science or mathematics in equitable and effective ways. We focused our investigation on the teaching and learning of equitable instructional practices; we conceived of such practices as attention to students' experiences, instruction for English…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Beginning Teachers
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Ogawa, Rodney T.; Loomis, Molly; Crain, Rhiannon – Science Education, 2009
This study examines the historical conditions that fostered significant reform in science education. To understand these conditions, we employ a framework drawn from the new institutionalism in organization theory to study the founding and early development of the Exploratorium--a prominent science center that greatly impacted the field of science…
Descriptors: Science Teaching Centers, Science Education, Educational Change, Educational History
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Bricker, Leah A.; Bell, Philip – Science Education, 2008
Argumentation has become an increasingly recognized focus for science instruction--as a learning process, as an outcome associated with the appropriation of scientific discourse, and as a window onto the epistemic work of science. Only a small set of theoretical conceptualizations of argumentation have been deployed and investigated in science…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Form Classes (Languages), Sciences, Science Instruction
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Watanabe, Maika; Nunes, Nicole; Mebane, Sheryl; Scalise, Kathleen; Claesgens, Jennifer – Science Education, 2007
Within the already limited literature on instructional practices in detracked classrooms, there are even fewer research-based studies of detracked science classrooms. This article attempts to address this gap in the research literature, delving into the unique challenges and instructional responses to teaching detracked science. The authors report…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Study Skills, Chemistry, Track System (Education)
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Martin, Laura M. W. – Science Education, 2004
In recognition of the fact that science centers and other informal educational institutions can play a role in the reform of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, several major research and professional programs are currently underway. This article discusses one such effort, the Center for Informal Learning and…
Descriptors: Schools, Science Education, Developmental Psychology, Museums
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Bianchini, Julie A.; Johnston, Carol C.; Oram, Susannah Y.; Cavazos, Lynnette M. – Science Education, 2003
Examines views and practices of first-year science teachers, graduates of a teacher education program in California, focusing on gender equity and multicultural education. Explores teachers' attempts at the nature of science and implementing equitable instruction in classrooms. Discusses commonalties across teachers' successes and struggles in…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Multicultural Education, Preservice Teachers, Professional Development
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Thier, Herbert D. – Science Education, 1985
Discusses problems reflecting the crisis in education, presenting general approaches for resolving the problems. Also discusses the California Earthquake Education Project (CALEEP), a program which provides education of current concern (including personal emergency preparedness) to the public. CALEEP activities are successful due to many social,…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Earthquakes, Elementary School Science, Intermediate Grades