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Grinath, Anna S.; Southerland, Sherry A. – Science Education, 2019
Orchestrating opportunities for students to engage in scientific talk in the classroom is challenging for most teachers and even more so for novice teaching assistants (TAs) who typically instruct introductory science laboratories at the postsecondary level. This study was designed to understand how TA moves are related to instances of scientific…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Biology, College Science
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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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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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Braaten, Melissa – Science Education, 2019
Learning to teach within and across the settings of teacher education coursework and field experience in local schools is subject to the "two-worlds pitfall," where practices, norms, expectations, tools, and other aspects of teaching can be jarringly different. This remains an ever-present dilemma for preservice teachers, their teacher…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Teaching Methods, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Pleasants, Jacob; Olson, Joanne K. – Science Education, 2019
What is engineering? What do engineers do? How is engineering related to, but distinct from, science? These questions all relate to the nature of engineering (NOE), and as engineering is incorporated into K-12 education across the United States, the NOE is becoming increasingly important for students and teachers. While many policy documents call…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Science Education
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Mikeska, Jamie N.; Holtzman, Steven; McCaffrey, Daniel F.; Liu, Shuangshuang; Shattuck, Tamara – Science Education, 2019
Despite the prevalent use of observational measures in teacher evaluation systems, research has only recently begun to take into account how aspects of the instructional environment and lesson sampling design may interact with teachers' scores on these measures. Instead, one assumption guiding current evaluation systems is that the variation in…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Evaluation Methods, Lesson Observation Criteria, Science Teachers
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Levrini, Olivia; Levin, Mariana; Fantini, Paola; Tasquier, Giulia – Science Education, 2019
This paper investigates how features of teaching practice may foster appropriation: learning that involves both deep conceptual understanding and transforming scientific discourse in a way that is significant for oneself. Data were drawn from classroom discussions during a unit on thermodynamics that took place in a high school in Italy. We…
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Thermodynamics, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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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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Pagano, Lauren C.; Haden, Catherine A.; Uttal, David H.; Cohen, Tsivia – Science Education, 2019
We examined the conversational reflections of 248 families with 6-11-year-old children shortly after they visited a tinkering exhibit. Our aim was to understand the conditions of tinkering and conversational reflection that can enhance STEM learning opportunities for young children. Some families visited the exhibit when there was a design…
Descriptors: Museums, Family Relationship, Children, Exhibits
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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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Thompson, Jessica J.; Hagenah, Sara; McDonald, Scott; Barchenger, Christie – Science Education, 2019
To organize for the improvement of science instruction teachers need opportunities to collaboratively learn from practice, in practice, and to engage in the revision of classroom tools. In this paper, we examine how a professional learning community (PLC), comprised of middle school teachers and researchers, worked on the improvement of Ambitious…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Educational Improvement
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Penuel, William R.; Turner, Michael L.; Jacobs, Jennifer K.; Horne, Katie; Sumner, Tamara – Science Education, 2019
The vision for science proficiency presented in "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" calls for significant shifts in both teaching and assessment. In this paper, we describe an effort to develop and validate a set of "proximal transfer tasks" for high school biology classrooms where teachers were implementing a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Guidelines, Elementary Secondary Education
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Shein, Paichi P.; Falk, John H.; Li, Yuh-Yuh – Science Education, 2019
In this paper, we use dimensions of the construct "science identity" as an analytic lens to tap into the motivation and learning of science center visits. This exploratory empirical study was based on a large international dataset drawn from 10 science centers in countries across Europe, Asia, and North America, to investigate the…
Descriptors: Science Education, Self Concept, Learning Motivation, Path Analysis
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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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Afitska, Oksana; Heaton, Timothy J. – Science Education, 2019
Children coming from homes where English is not their first language constitute a significant and increasing proportion of classrooms worldwide. Providing these English-language learners (ELLs) with equitable assessment opportunities is a challenge. We analyze the performance of 485 students, both English-native-speakers (ENSs) and ELLs, across…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Language Learners, Native Speakers, Science Achievement
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