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Olitsky, Stacy – Science Education, 2017
This study investigates possibilities for faculty members and teachers to overcome status and professional culture barriers as they engage in partnership work aimed at promoting inquiry-based instruction. It compares the processes and outcomes of several types of professional learning opportunities within a Math and Science Partnership based on…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Inquiry, Partnerships in Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Schwartz, Joni – Science Education, 2012
This article is based on the findings of a 2-year study that examined the nature of effective faculty/student undergraduate research (UR) science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) relationships. The study site was a large urban public college where three fourths of all incoming freshmen receive need-based aid; and although not a…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Teacher Persistence, Black Colleges, Mentors
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Sadler, Troy D.; Fowler, Samantha R. – Science Education, 2006
This study explores how individuals make use of scientific content knowledge for socioscientific argumentation. More specifically, this mixed-methods study investigates how learners apply genetics content knowledge as they justify claims relative to genetic engineering. Interviews are conducted with 45 participants, representing three distinct…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), High School Students, Persuasive Discourse, College Science
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Thomson, Norman; Stewart, James – Science Education, 2003
Presents a study to determine the methods inquiry geneticists use to solve dynamic complex computer-generated transmission genetics problems; specifically, their strategies and conceptual knowledge. Develops a hierarchical framework and pathway for solving problems through geneticist solution protocols and interviews. (Contains 32 references.)…
Descriptors: Computers, Educational Technology, Genetics, Higher Education
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Brem, Sarah K.; Ranney, Michael; Schindel, Jennifer – Science Education, 2003
Examines how college-educated adults (n=135) from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds perceive the impact of evolutionary theory on individuals and society. Identifies a continuum of perspectives ranging from strong creationist to strong evolutionist. Reports differences between evolutionists and creationists in their prior exposure to…
Descriptors: Creationism, Evolution, Higher Education, Science and Society
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Bell, Randy L.; Lederman, Norman G. – Science Education, 2003
Investigates the role of the nature of science in decision making on science- and technology-based issues. Delineates factors and reasoning associated with types of decisions. Compares decision influence factors and decision-making strategies. Indicates that participants based their decisions primarily on personal values, morals/ethics, and social…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Educational Technology, Ethics, Higher Education
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van Zee, Emily; Lay, Diantha; Roberts, Deborah – Science Education, 2003
Presents perspectives and experiences of prospective science teachers who developed science lessons and small educational projects in collaboration with practicing elementary and middle school teachers. Concludes that prospective teachers perceived themselves to be more confident and more competent to teach science after the collaboration. (SOE)
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education, Middle School Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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Squire, Kurt D.; MaKinster, James G.; Barnett, Michael; Luehmann, April Lynn; Barab, Sasha L. – Science Education, 2003
Examines four teachers implementing a project-based curriculum (Air Quality module) on a web-based platform (ActiveInk Network) in four very different settings. Discusses each case across two themes by examining how the project-level question was contextualized to meet local needs and the cultural context that surrounded the implementation of the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Environment, Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Design
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Kalkanis, George; Hadzidaki, Pandora; Stavrou, Dimitrios – Science Education, 2003
Presents part of a project that introduces a sufficient, simple, and relevant teaching approach to quantum mechanics into in-/pre-service teacher education and provides teachers with the indispensable scientific knowledge and epistemological base needed for reform in science education. (Contains 54 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Epistemology, Higher Education, Learning Processes
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Hmelo-Silver, Cindy E.; Nagarajan, Anandi; Day, Roger S. – Science Education, 2002
Compares a group of expert cancer researchers with four groups of fourth year medical students (the "novice" groups) engaged in the task of designing a clinical trial to test a new cancer drug using a computer-based modeling tool, the Oncology Thinking Cap. (Contains 24 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Clinical Experience, Computer Uses in Education, Higher Education, Inquiry
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Seymour, Elaine – Science Education, 2002
Describes some features in the changing landscape of activities intended to improve both quality and access in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) undergraduate education. Offers a framework for discussion of historical change endeavors as an aid in considering next steps. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Educational Change, Educational History, Engineering Education
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Kelly, Gregory J.; Takao, Allison – Science Education, 2002
Examines university oceanography students' use of evidence in writing considering the relative epistemic status of propositions comprising student' written texts. Defines the epistemic levels by discipline-specific geological constructs from descriptions of data, to identification of features, to relational aspects of features, to theoretical…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Epistemology, Higher Education, Oceanography
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Niaz, Mansoor; Aguilera, Damarys; Maza, Arelys; Liendo, Gustavo – Science Education, 2002
Reports on a study aimed at facilitating freshman general chemistry students' understanding of atomic structure based on the work of Thomson, Rutherford, and Bohr. Hypothesizes that classroom discussions based on arguments/counterarguments of the heuristic principles on which these scientists based their atomic models can facilitate students'…
Descriptors: Atomic Structure, Chemistry, Concept Formation, Higher Education
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Shipman, Harry L.; Brickhouse, Nancy W.; Dagher, Zoubeida; Letts, William J., IV – Science Education, 2002
A cautious introduction of the dialogue between science and religion into a college astronomy course provoked diverse reactions from the 340 students in the course. Reports that approximately half of the students in the class engaged with the issue of science and religion to some extent and that there were few negative reactions to this…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Higher Education, Physics, Religion
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Martinez-Delgado, Alberto – Science Education, 2002
Criticizes radical constructivism of the Glasersfeld type, pointing out some contradictions between the declared radical principles and their theoretical and practical development. Suggests the possibility of an ideological substratum in the construction and hegemonic success of subjective constructivism, and briefly advances an alternative…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Epistemology, General Education, Higher Education
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