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Hardy, Ian; Campbell, Todd – Science Education, 2020
Drawing upon interviews with key actors involved in the development of and support for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in the United States, this article shows how a potentially controversial reform came to be actively supported by senior educators. We utilize Kingdon's (2003, "Agendas, alternatives, and public policies,"…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Standards, Educational Policy, Entrepreneurship
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Robertson, Amy D.; Atkins Elliott, Leslie J. – Science Education, 2020
Responsive teaching--or teaching that builds from the "seeds of science" in student thinking--is depicted in STEM education literature as both important and challenging. U.S. science education reform has been calling for teachers to enact instruction that attends to and takes up the substance of students' STEM ideas; however, responsive…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, STEM Education, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Ottemo, Andreas; Berge, Maria; Silfver, Eva – Science Education, 2020
A diverse body of feminist scholarship has addressed the masculine orientation of Western engineering education for at least four decades. Among critiques specifically targeting curriculum, a recurrent line of argumentation highlights its reductionist framing and narrow focus on mathematics and technology. The argument is that these traits…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Gender Bias, Engineering Education, Undergraduate Study
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Merritt, Eileen G.; Bowers, Nicole – Science Education, 2020
Observation-based ecology (OBE) generates critical knowledge about the health of ecological systems and human impacts on these systems. Systematic observations of organisms and processes from an early age can help children develop ecological knowledge and skills, and deepen their connection to the natural world. Yet recent educational reforms may…
Descriptors: Naturalistic Observation, Ecology, Academic Standards, Educational Change
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Höttecke, Dietmar; Allchin, Douglas – Science Education, 2020
Individuals are increasingly relying on social media as their primary source of scientific information. Science education needs to adapt. Nature of science (NOS) education is already widely accepted as essential to scientific literacy and to an informed public. We argue that NOS now needs to also include the NOS communication: its mediation,…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Education, Social Media, Scientific Literacy
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Witteveen, Dirk; Attewell, Paul – Science Education, 2020
The low number of baccalaureates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is often viewed as problematic for the US's economic competitiveness, leading scholars to search for explanations for STEM retention. Our analyses of the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study indicate that the notion of a so-called…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Grading, Majors (Students), School Holding Power
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Furtak, Erin Marie; Penuel, William R. – Science Education, 2019
In recent years, the focus of science education reform has shifted to engaging students in three-dimensional science learning experiences aligned with the National Research Council's (2012) Framework for K-12 Science Education. This movement has been associated with a focus on students participating in science as practice, which represents a…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Science Education, Hands on Science, Vocabulary
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Sheth, Manali J. – Science Education, 2019
While current science teacher education frameworks designed to support high-quality teaching have the potential to promote equitable science learning, they do not substantively engage with how racism organizes science teaching and learning. In this critical qualitative inquiry grounded in critical race theory and sociopolitical perspectives on…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Equal Education
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Morales-Doyle, Daniel; Childress Price, Tiffany; Chappell, Mindy J. – Science Education, 2019
This article examines the tensions that arose as teachers, scientists, youth, and community organizers worked to develop a curriculum that was responsive to community concerns and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Within the context of urban heavy metal contamination and building on previous critiques of the standards, we identified…
Descriptors: Science Education, Standards, Curriculum Development, Urban Areas
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Madkins, Tia C.; McKinney de Royston, Maxine – Science Education, 2019
Failure to improve achievement in K-12 science for racially minoritized students and students living in poverty continues to challenge the inclusionary rhetoric of "science for all." Science education researchers, teacher educators, and educators must consider the racialized and classed inequalities that continue to limit students'…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Culturally Relevant Education, Minority Group Students, Science Teachers
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Tolbert, Sara; Schindel, Alexa; Rodriguez, Alberto J. – Science Education, 2018
In this article, we critically examine what a commitment to equity, diversity, and social justice in science and science education means for our research practices and methods. Using a blend of critical cross-cultural and feminist lenses, we explore relationships of power in our research, specifically in terms of knowledge production,…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Social Justice, Equal Education, Cultural Differences
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Azevedo, Flávio S. – Science Education, 2018
I advance theoretically and empirically grounded arguments for broadening how we frame and understand situational interests. A situational interest refers to the short-term spike in a person's attention and participation in an activity and it is triggered in the interactions between the person and environment features (e.g., novelty and surprise).…
Descriptors: Science Interests, STEM Education, Educational Practices, Video Technology
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Criswell, Brett A.; Rushton, Gregory T.; Nachtigall, Dawn; Staggs, Samuel; Alemdar, Meltem; Cappelli, Christopher J. – Science Education, 2018
The program team operating an NSF Noyce Master Teacher program has been building a conceptual framework for developing teacher leaders. The program has focused its efforts on a group of 16 chemistry and physics teachers in Southeast high-needs schools. The conceptual framework is based on the view that teacher leaders are those individuals who…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Physics, Science Instruction, Teacher Leadership
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Cunningham, Christine M.; Kelly, Gregory J. – Science Education, 2017
Engineering offers new educational opportunities for students, yet also poses challenges about how to conceptualize the disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices of the disciplinary fields of engineering. In this paper, we draw from empirical studies of engineering in professional and school settings to…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Engineering Education, Curriculum Development, Teacher Education
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Kind, Per; Osborne, Jonathan – Science Education, 2017
In this paper, we contend that what to teach about scientific reasoning has been bedeviled by a lack of clarity about the construct. Drawing on the insights emerging from a cognitive history of science, we argue for a conception of scientific reasoning based on six "styles of scientific reasoning." Each "style" requires its own…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Epistemology
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