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Lee, Okhee; Llosa, Lorena; Grapin, Scott; Haas, Alison; Goggins, Marcelle – Science Education, 2019
The purpose of this study is to present a conceptual framework that integrates science and language learning for all students, including English learners (ELs). This framework is grounded in the mutually supportive nature of science instructional shifts, spurred by "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" (National Research Council,…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Guidelines
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Odden, Tor Ole B.; Russ, Rosemary S. – Science Education, 2019
In recent years, science education researchers have increasingly studied the ways in which students "make sense" of science. However, although researchers might all agree intuitively on what it looks like, the literature on sensemaking is theoretically fragmented. In this paper, we address this fragmentation by proposing a coherent…
Descriptors: Science Education, Researchers, Cognitive Processes, Comprehension
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Pleasants, Jacob; Olson, Joanne K. – Science Education, 2019
What is engineering? What do engineers do? How is engineering related to, but distinct from, science? These questions all relate to the nature of engineering (NOE), and as engineering is incorporated into K-12 education across the United States, the NOE is becoming increasingly important for students and teachers. While many policy documents call…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Science Education
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Sohr, Erin Ronayne; Gupta, Ayush; Elby, Andrew – Science Education, 2018
Problem solving in groups can be rich with tension for students. This tension may arise from conflicting approaches (conceptual and/or epistemological) and/or from conflict emerging in the social relations among group members. Drawing on video records of undergraduate students working collaboratively, we use three cases to illustrate the…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Group Dynamics, Interpersonal Relationship, Video Technology
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Murphy, P. Karen; Greene, Jeffrey A.; Allen, Elizabeth; Baszczewski, Sara; Swearingen, Amanda; Wei, Liwei; Butler, Ana M. – Science Education, 2018
Flourishing in today's global society requires citizens that are both intelligent consumers and producers of scientific understanding. Indeed, the modern world is facing ever-more complex problems that require innovative ways of thinking about, around, and with science. As numerous educational stakeholders have suggested, such skills and abilities…
Descriptors: High School Students, Concept Formation, Persuasive Discourse, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Furtak, Erin Marie – Science Education, 2017
Wide-scale adoption of the "Next Generation Science Standards" has raised new challenges for classroom teachers as they learn not only how to engage students in this new vision of science learning, but also how to assess students' engagement in that learning. This paper introduces a virtual special issue of "Science Education"…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Science Education, Science Teachers, Journal Articles
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Kuhn, Deanna – Science Education, 2016
Have the Next Generation Science Standards fulfilled a goal of specifying the objectives of precollege science education in clear and exact enough terms to make them readily implementable? Using students' understanding of the concept of a variable as a case in point, the author suggests that the standards, despite their seeming precision and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Elementary Secondary Education, Concept Formation
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Bevan, Bronwyn; Gutwill, Joshua P.; Petrich, Mike; Wilkinson, Karen – Science Education, 2015
The Maker Movement has taken the educational field by storm due to its perceived potential as a driver of creativity, excitement, and innovation (Honey & Kanter, [Honey, M., 2013]; Martinez & Stager, [Martin, L., 2013]). Making is promoted as advancing entrepreneurship, developing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Creative Thinking, Inquiry, Teaching Methods
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Van Dijk, Esther M. – Science Education, 2014
This paper is concerned with the conceptualization of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) for teaching about the nature of science. In contrast to the view that science teachers need to develop a specific "PCK for nature of science," an alternative, more comprehensive notion of PCK for science teaching is suggested. The point of…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Scientific Principles, Science Teachers
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Polman, Joseph L.; Newman, Alan; Saul, Ellen Wendy; Farrar, Cathy – Science Education, 2014
In this paper, the authors describe how the practices of expert science journalists enable them to act as "competent outsiders" to science. We assert that selected science journalism practices can be used to design reform-based science instruction; these practices not only foster science literacy that is useful in daily life, but also…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Science Instruction, Educational Change, Science Activities
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Osborne, Jonathan; Patterson, Alexis – Science Education, 2012
In "For Whom Is Argument and Explanation a Necessary Distinction? A Response to Osborne and Patterson," Berland and McNeill seek to argue that there is an overlap between these two discourse acts such that, in the welter of classroom life, it is difficult to make the distinction. Indeed, in their article Jonathan Osborne and Alexis Patterson did…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Educational Policy, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Windschitl, Mark; Thompson, Jessica; Braaten, Melissa; Stroupe, David – Science Education, 2012
Recent calls for teacher preparation to become more grounded in practice prompt the questions: Which practices? and perhaps more fundamentally, what counts as a model of instruction worth learning for a new professional--i.e., the beginner's repertoire? In this report, we argue the following: If a defined set of subject-specific high-leverage…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Novices, Science Teachers, Best Practices
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Allchin, Douglas – Science Education, 2012
Error in science is a prime occasion to teach the nature of science, especially the central feature of tentativeness. Error types also reflect corresponding methodologies of science, critical for practicing science and (in a context of scientific literacy) analyzing its claims. Effective efforts in teaching about error will ideally be informed by…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Case Studies, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Principles
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Lehrer, Richard; Schauble, Leona – Science Education, 2012
Although the core work of science is oriented toward constructing, revising, applying, and defending models of the natural world, models appear only rarely in school science, and usually only as illustrations, rather than theory building tools. We describe the rationale and structure for a learning progression to understand the development of…
Descriptors: Evolution, Biological Sciences, Sciences, Middle School Students
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Finley, Fred N.; Nam, Younkeyong; Oughton, John – Science Education, 2011
Earth Systems Science (ESS) is emerging rapidly as a discipline and is being used to replace the older earth science education that has been taught as unrelated disciplines--geology, meteorology, astronomy, and oceanography. ESS is complex and is based on the idea that the earth can be understood as a set of interacting natural and social systems.…
Descriptors: Social Systems, Earth Science, Intellectual Disciplines, Concept Teaching
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