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Vazquez-Alonso, Angel; Manassero-Mas, Maria-Antonia; Acevedo-Diaz, Jose-Antonio – Science Education, 2006
The scarce attention to the assessment and evaluation in science education research has been especially harmful for teaching science-technology-society (STS) issues, due to the dialectical, tentative, value-laden, and polemic nature of most STS topics. This paper tackles the methodological difficulties of the instruments that monitor views related…
Descriptors: Science and Society, Scoring, Psychometrics, Curriculum Development
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Jimenez-Aleixandre, Maria-Pilar; Reigosa, Carlos – Science Education, 2006
The process of construction of meanings for the concepts of concentration and neutralization is explored in terms of "contextualizing practices" (Lemke, 1990, "Talking Science. Language, Learning and Values," Norwood, NJ: Ablex) creation of meanings through connections established among actions and their context. This notion is expanded to include…
Descriptors: Grade 10, Science Laboratories, Chemistry, Epistemology
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Drayton, Brian; Falk, Joni – Science Education, 2006
Partnerships of teachers with scientists are thought to be important for many aspects of science education reform, but it is not always clear how to make such partnerships productive. Between 1994 and 1997, high school teachers were partnered with scientists, to design yearlong ecological research projects in which the teachers were learning for…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Scientists, Educational Cooperation, Case Studies
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Hanuscin, Deborah L.; Akerson, Valarie L.; Phillipson-Mower, Teddie – Science Education, 2006
Teacher education programs have met with limited success in improving teachers' understanding of the nature of science (NOS). Research suggests that such efforts could be enhanced by addressing NOS in preservice teachers' science courses. We planned NOS instruction in a physical science content course for preservice elementary teachers. Our first…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education, Educational Change, Teaching Assistants
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Gunel, Murat; Hand, Brian; Gunduz, Sevket – Science Education, 2006
Physics as a subject for school students requires an understanding and ability to move between different modes of representation for the concepts under review. However, the inability of students to have a multimodal understanding of the concepts is seen as restricting their understandings of the concepts. The aim of this study was to explore the…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Quantum Mechanics, Physics, Science Instruction
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Hanrahan, Mary U. – Science Education, 2006
There is evidence that alienation from science is linked to the dominant discourse practices of science classrooms (cf. Lemke, J. L. (1990). Talking Science: Language, Learning, and Values. Norwood, NJ: Ablex). Yet, in secondary science education it is particularly hard to find evidence of curriculum reform that includes explicit changes in…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Discourse Analysis, Educational Change, Curriculum Development
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Lidar, Malena; Lundqvist, Eva; Ostman, Leif – Science Education, 2006
The practical epistemology used by students and the epistemological moves delivered by teachers in conversations with students are analyzed in order to understand how teaching activities interplay with the "how" and the "what" of students' learning. The purpose is to develop an approach for analyzing the process of privileging…
Descriptors: Sociocultural Patterns, Epistemology, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Lewthwaite, Brian – Science Education, 2006
This inquiry examines the personal attribute and environmental factors that contribute to and impede science teacher-leader development. Using a narrative approach, the inquiry focuses on the experiences of three teachers in three different New Zealand primary schools (years 1-6) as they develop in their capabilities as science teacher-leaders…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Science Teachers, Elementary Education
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Chang, Chun-Yen; Hsiao, Chien-Hua; Barufaldi, James P. – Science Education, 2006
This study examines the possibilities of differential impacts on students' earth science learning outcomes between different preferred-actual learning environment spaces by using a newly developed ESCLEI (Earth Science Classroom Learning Environment Instrument). The instrument emphasizes three simultaneously important classroom components:…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Educational Environment, Earth Science
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Kachan, Melissa R.; Guilbert, Sandra M.; Bisanz, Gay L. – Science Education, 2006
Skill in reading diverse genres of scientific texts, including media reports, is an important aspect of scientific literacy that some experts argue should be included in the science curriculum. To understand current and potential uses of media reports in classrooms, we conducted research in three areas. First, we examined major science education…
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Scientific Literacy, Science Education, Foreign Countries
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Scott, Philip H.; Mortimer, Eduardo F.; Aguiar, Orlando G. – Science Education, 2006
In this paper, we draw upon a framework for analyzing the discursive interactions of science classrooms (Mortimer & Scott, 2003, "Meaning Making in Secondary Science Classrooms," Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press), to probe the movement between authoritative and dialogic discourse in a Brazilian high school science class. More…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, High Schools
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Savinainen, Antti; Scott, Philip; Viiri, Jouni – Science Education, 2005
This paper offers an account of, and findings from, an approach to designing and evaluating an instructional sequence set in the context of Newton's third law. The design of the sequence draws upon conceptual change theory and the concept of the "bridging analog" is extended to introduce the notion of a "bridging representation" Attention is also…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Concept Formation, Instructional Design, Interpersonal Relationship
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Ford, Danielle J. – Science Education, 2005
The understandings of properties that children develop in the context of rock and mineral identification point to the challenges of observing in a manner authentic to the discipline of geology. The notebook entries of 34 third graders written during the enactment of a commercial unit on earth materials were investigated for their descriptions of…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Mineralogy, Discipline, Geology
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Dagher, Zoubeida R.; Boujaoude, Saouma – Science Education, 2005
This study explored how some college students understand the nature of the theory of evolution and how they evaluate its scientific status. We conducted semistructured interviews with 15 college biology seniors in which we asked them to explain why they think evolution assumes the status of a scientific theory, how it compares to other scientific…
Descriptors: Theories, Evolution, Undergraduate Students, Student Reaction
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Buxton, Cory A. – Science Education, 2005
This paper reports on a 3-year study of a half-day urban magnet high school founded upon a desire to provide rigorous science, math, and technology experiences to students who would not otherwise have access to such educational opportunities. Using the theoretical lens of how a model of an educated person gets culturally produced within the school…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Academic Achievement, Urban Schools, Magnet Schools
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