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Chen, Chen; Sonnert, Gerhard; Sadler, Philip M. – Science Education, 2020
To encourage the formation of science identity among girls, many scholars and practitioners have suggested to assign same-gender science teachers to students so that the teachers can serve as gender role models. However, direct evidence of any long-term effect of gender-matching is scarce. In a nationally representative survey of college students…
Descriptors: High School Teachers, Science Teachers, Gender Differences, Self Concept
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Leden, Lotta; Hansson, Lena; Ideland, Malin – Science Education, 2020
Nature of science (NOS) has increasingly been emphasized as an important element in science education. This paper engages in the question of how teachers negotiate different approaches to and contexts for NOS teaching. This exploratory study is part of a three-year longitudinal project where six in-service teachers developed and negotiated their…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Scientific Literacy, Science Education, Longitudinal Studies
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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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Schenkel, Kathleen; Calabrese Barton, Angela – Science Education, 2020
Promoting critical science agency (CSA) may be one way to promote educational justice. CSA is using science with other powerful forms of knowledge to address issues of injustice. However, the process of enacting CSA is always embedded within a sociopolitical context, which positions some students with more power than others. Drawing upon a social…
Descriptors: Power Structure, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Ethnography
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Bradbury, Leslie U.; Wilson, Rachel E. – Science Education, 2020
The purpose of this study is to challenge the prevailing negative narrative related to elementary science teaching by investigating the experiences of elementary teachers who identify as science teacher enthusiasts (STEs). Holland, Lachiotte, Skinner, and Cain (1998)'s conception of identity as an ongoing production or construction in a…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction
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Sbeglia, Gena C.; Nehm, Ross H. – Science Education, 2019
Theoretical perspectives and empirical research suggest that acceptance of evolution may be contingent upon what is evolving (e.g., plants vs. humans) and the scale of change (microevolution vs. macroevolution). The Inventory of Student Evolution Acceptance (I-SEA) is the only instrument designed to measure acceptance at different evolutionary…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Evolution, Attitude Measures
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Perez, Tony; Wormington, Stephanie V.; Barger, Michael M.; Schwartz-Bloom, Rochelle D.; Lee, You-kyung; Linnenbrink-Garcia, Lisa – Science Education, 2019
Despite efforts to attract and maintain diverse students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) pipeline, issues with attrition from undergraduate STEM majors persist. The aim of this study was to examine how undergraduate science students' competence beliefs, task values, and perceived costs in science combine into motivational…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, STEM Education, Academic Persistence, Majors (Students)
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Kang, Hosun; Calabrese Barton, Angela; Tan, Edna; Simpkins, Sandra; Rhee, Hyang-yon; Turner, Chandler – Science Education, 2019
This study explores ways to support girls of color in forming their senses of selves in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) during the middle school years. Guided by social practice theory, we analyzed a large data set of survey responses (n = 1,821) collected at five middle schools in low-income communities across four states in the…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Females, Minority Group Students, STEM Education
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Green, André M.; Brand, Brenda R.; Glasson, George E. – Science Education, 2019
African American undergraduates' decision to change from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors while enrolled at a predominantly White university was the focus of this study. Through open-ended interviews, the students discussed circumstances leading to their nonpersistence. Commonly published reports on the lower…
Descriptors: African American Students, Undergraduate Students, STEM Education, Majors (Students)
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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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Mutegi, Jomo W.; Sorge, Brandon; Fore, Grant A.; Gibau, Gina S. – Science Education, 2019
This mixed methods study reports data from the implementation of a 2-week nanotechnology camp for secondary level students. The camp, Nanotechnology Experiences for Students and Teachers, had the overarching goal of increasing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) interest among the next generation of potential STEM…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Secondary School Students, Camps, Science Interests
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Bøe, Maria Vetleseter; Henriksen, Ellen Karoline; Angell, Carl – Science Education, 2018
Calls for renewal of physics education include more varied learning activities and increased focus on qualitative understanding and history and philosophy of science (HPS) aspects. We have studied an innovative approach implementing such features in quantum physics in traditional upper secondary physics classrooms in Norway. Data consists of 11…
Descriptors: Science Education, Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Instructional Innovation
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Shim, Soo-Yean; Kim, Heui-Baik – Science Education, 2018
In this study, we examined students' epistemological and positional framing during small group scientific modeling to explore their context-dependent perceptions about knowledge, themselves, and others. We focused on two small groups of Korean eighth-grade students who participated in six modeling activities about excretion. The two groups were…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Science Education, Persuasive Discourse, Grade 8
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Bottia, Martha Cecilia; Stearns, Elizabeth; Mickelson, Roslyn Arlin; Moller, Stephanie – Science Education, 2018
This article investigates whether attending a high school that offers a specialized science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics program (high school with a STEM program) boosts the number of students majoring in STEM when they are in college. We use a longitudinal sample of students in North Carolina, whom we follow from middle school…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Majors (Students), High School Students, Correlation
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Young, Julia M.; Shepardson, Daniel P. – Science Education, 2018
Undergraduate students have different attitudes toward the geosciences, but few studies have investigated these attitudes using Q methodology. Q methodology allows the researcher to identify more detailed reasons for students' attitudes toward geology than Likert methodology. Thus this study used Q methodology to investigate the attitudes that 15…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Science Education, Earth Science, Geology
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