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Plummer, Julia D.; Palma, Christopher; Rubin, KeriAnn; Flarend, Alice; Ong, Yann Shiou; Ghent, Chrysta; Gleason, Timothy; McDonald, Scott; Botzer, Brandon; Furman, Tanya – Science Education, 2020
We previously proposed a hypothetical learning progression around the disciplinary core idea of the Solar System and its formation as a first step in a research program to begin to fill this gap and address questions of student learning in this domain. In this study, we evaluate the effectiveness of two dimensions within the learning progression,…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Grade 6, Science Instruction, Student Attitudes
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Ibourk, Amal; Williams, Michelle; Opperman, Amanda; Cisterna, Dante; Nazar, Christina Restrepo; Xie, Yiyu – Science Education, 2018
Genetics has become increasingly important in everyday life, a fact that is reflected in state and national science education standards. This study examines the relationship between 474 fifth graders' understandings of the core ideas of "inheritance of traits" and "variation of traits". A confirmatory factor analysis,…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Education, Grade 5, Elementary School Students
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Luce, Megan R.; Hsi, Sherry – Science Education, 2015
In efforts to understand and promote long-term interest in science, much work has focused on measuring students' interest in topics of science, typically with surveys. This approach has challenges, as interest in a topic may not necessarily indicate interest in scientific practices and pursuits. An underexplored and perhaps productive way to…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Interests, Student Interests, Photography