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Wallace, Carolyn S. – Science Education, 2012
This is a critical time for the science education community as we embark on the creation and implementation of new national science standards. The purpose of this essay is to offer insight into how the language of curriculum standards, including that found in state science standards in the United States over the past 15 years, has posed barriers…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cognitive Psychology, Educational Policy, Science Education
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Dimick, Alexandra Schindel – Science Education, 2012
Social justice education is undertheorized in science education. Given the wide range of goals and purposes proposed within both social justice education and social justice science education scholarship, these fields require reconciliation. In this paper, I suggest a student empowerment framework for conceptualizing teaching and learning social…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Environmental Education, Science Education, Student Empowerment
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Maltese, Adam V.; Tai, Robert H. – Science Education, 2011
As the global economic crisis continues, sustaining the United States' position as a leader in research and development is a top concern of policy makers. Looking to increase the number of students pursuing degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), calls for improved mathematics and science education abound. We completed…
Descriptors: Student Educational Objectives, Selection, STEM Education, Majors (Students)
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Terzian, Sevan G. – Science Education, 2009
At the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair, several thousand boys and girls, all members of a growing national network of high school science and engineering clubs, displayed their science fair projects and conducted live experiments to more than 10 million visitors. Housed in the building sponsored by the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Fairs, Science Activities, Science and Society
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Patchen, Terri; Cox-Petersen, Anne – Science Education, 2008
Classrooms across the United States increasingly find White teachers paired with ethnic minority students, but few of these teachers are prepared for the disparities such cultural integration presents. This is particularly true vis-a-vis science education. While classrooms have diversified, science instruction has not necessarily followed suit.…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Culturally Relevant Education, Access to Education, Teachers
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Tan, Edna; Barton, Angela Calabrese – Science Education, 2008
Identity formation is a critical dimension of how and why students engage in science to varying degrees. In this paper, we use the lens of identity formation, and in particular identities in practice, to make sense of how and why Melanie, over the course of sixth grade, transformed from a marginalized member of the science class with a failing…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Longitudinal Studies, Urban Schools, Poverty
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Buck, Gayle A.; Plano Clark, Vicki L.; Leslie-Pelecky, Diandra; Lu, Yun; Cerda-Lizarraga, Particia – Science Education, 2008
Women remain underrepresented in science professions. Studies have shown that students are more likely to select careers when they can identify a role model in that career path. Further research has shown that the success of this strategy is enhanced by the use of gender-matched role models. While prior work provides insights into the value of…
Descriptors: Careers, Feminism, Role Models, Women Scientists
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Lee, Okhee; Lewis, Scott; Adamson, Karen; Maerten-Rivera, Jaime; Secada, Walter G. – Science Education, 2008
This study examined urban elementary teachers' knowledge and practices in teaching science while supporting English language development of English language learning (ELL) students. As part of a larger 5-year research project in the United States, the study involved 38 third-grade teachers who participated in the first-year implementation of a…
Descriptors: Intervention, Teacher Characteristics, Second Language Learning, Teacher Workshops
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Shepardson, Daniel P.; Wee, Bryan; Priddy, Michelle; Schellenberger, Lauren; Harbor, Jon – Science Education, 2007
The purpose of this study was to investigate students' conceptions about watersheds. Specifically: (1) What are students' conceptions of a watershed? and (2) In what ways might students' conceptions vary by grade level and community setting? This study was descriptive in nature and reflected a cross-age design involving the collection of…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Content Analysis, Scientific Concepts, Science Education
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Astor-Jack, Tamsin; McCallie, Ellen; Balcerzak, Phyllis – Science Education, 2007
This study documents the views of effective professional development held by eight professional development (PD) providers, representing four informal science institutions (ISI) and four programs within two institutions of higher education (IHE) in a large midwestern metropolitan area in the United States. This study finds that, while the reported…
Descriptors: Colleges, Beliefs, Science Teachers, Science Education
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Boone, William J.; Scantlebury, Kathryn – Science Education, 2006
Recent international studies note that countries whose students perform well on international science assessments report the need to change science education. Some countries use assessments for diagnostic purposes to assist teachers in addressing their students' needs. However, in the United States, standards-based reform has focused the national…
Descriptors: International Studies, Psychometrics, Educational Change, Science Education
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Sandoval, William A. – Science Education, 2005
It has long been a goal of science education in the United States that students leave school with a robust understanding of the nature of science. Decades of research show that this does not happen. Inquiry-based instruction is advocated as a means for developing such understanding, although there is scant direct evidence that it does. There is a…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Education, Epistemology, Inquiry
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Rudolph, John L. – Science Education, 2005
Two seemingly complementary trends stand out currently in school science education in the United States: one is the increased emphasis on inquiry activities in classrooms, and the other is the high level of attention given to student understanding of the nature of science. This essay looks at the range of activities that fall within the first…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Inquiry, Science Activities, Classroom Environment
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Moin, Laura J.; Dorfield, Jennifer K.; Schunn, Christian D. – Science Education, 2005
Responding to the increasing math and science teacher shortage in the United States, this study intended to determine which science, engineering, and math (SEM) majors during which years in their undergraduate education and from which academic performance levels are most interested in K-12 teaching. Results may aid policymakers and practitioners…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Mathematics Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Undergraduate Study
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Moody, David E. – Science Education, 1996
Surveyed secondary biology textbooks to ascertain how the topic of evolution functioned in the overall structure of the subject matter. Results indicated that there has occurred a marked increase in the role played by evolution in the generation of textbooks published during the 1990s. (Author/MKR)
Descriptors: Biology, Content Analysis, Evolution, Science Instruction
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