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Bungum, Berit; Bøe, Maria Vetleseter; Henriksen, Ellen Karoline – Science Education, 2018
Quantum physics challenges our views of the physical world and describes phenomena that cannot be directly observed. The use of language is hence essential in the teaching of quantum physics. With a sociocultural view of learning, we investigate characteristics of preuniversity students' small-group discussions and their potential for enhancing…
Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Group Discussion, Science Achievement, Scientific Literacy
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Jaber, Lama Z.; Dini, Vesal; Hammer, David; Danahy, Ethan – Science Education, 2018
The "Framework for K-12 Science Education" (National Research Council, 2012) outlines eight practices to represent the diverse ways scientists construct and evaluate knowledge. Engaging students in these practices is a key instructional target in the science classroom. This target, however, creates particular challenges for online…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Electronic Learning, Web Based Instruction
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Hand, Brian; Shelley, Mack C.; Laugerman, Marcia; Fostvedt, Luke; Therrien, William – Science Education, 2018
In a cluster-randomized study, we investigate the impact of an argument-based approach to teaching science in elementary school on science learning and critical thinking skills. Forty-eight schools participated in the study, with data on 9,963 students across the 2 years of the intervention. Annual standardized tests assessing science content…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Disadvantaged, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science
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Wade-Jaimes, Katherine; Demir, Kadir; Qureshi, Azhar – Science Education, 2018
Modeling is considered an important scientific practice, and modeling instruction has the potential to support conceptual change in students in physics. However, when students are not taught how to think about modeling, and how to develop and use models, the learning potential of modeling may be limited. This paper argues that the use and explicit…
Descriptors: Energy Education, High School Students, Physics, Educational Strategies
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Adler, Idit; Schwartz, Liron; Madjar, Nir; Zion, Michal – Science Education, 2018
Inquiry provides opportunities to engage students in authentic science. Although inquiry's underlying principles can motivate students to learn, the challenges that students encounter may hamper their motivation. Thus, the teacher's role in providing motivational support is crucial. This research examines how the interplay among the inquiry's…
Descriptors: Context Effect, Student Motivation, Inquiry, Science Education
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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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Manz, Eve; Suárez, Enrique – Science Education, 2018
This study addresses how to help elementary science teachers explore the uncertainty inherent in scientific activity and support elementary students to engage in more complex and authentic investigations. We describe a district partnership focused on understanding how to support elementary teachers to adapt curricula to promote science practices.…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science, Faculty Development, Capacity Building
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Varelas, Maria; Morales-Doyle, Daniel; Raza, Syeda; Segura, David; Canales, Karen; Mitchener, Carole – Science Education, 2018
In this study, we explored how science teacher candidates construct ideas about science teaching and learning in the context of partnerships with urban community-based organizations. We used a case study design focusing on a group of 10 preservice teachers' participation in educational programming that focused on environmental racism and connected…
Descriptors: Community Organizations, Science Teachers, Partnerships in Education, School Community Programs
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Wernecke, Ulrike; Schwanewedel, Julia; Harms, Ute – Science Education, 2018
Energy transfer in ecosystems is an abstract and challenging topic for learners. Metaphors are widely used in scientific and educational discourse to communicate ideas about abstract phenomena. However, although considered valuable teaching tools, metaphors are ambiguous and can be misleading when used in educational contexts. Educational…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Energy, Power Technology, Ecology
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Barnes, M. Elizabeth; Brownell, Sara E. – Science Education, 2018
Students' religious beliefs and religious cultures have been shown to be the main factors predicting whether they will accept evolution, yet college biology instructors teaching evolution at public institutions often have religious beliefs and cultures that are different from their religious students. This difference in religious beliefs and…
Descriptors: Evolution, Church Related Colleges, Beliefs, Interviews
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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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Fick, Sarah J. – Science Education, 2018
Science education reforms focus on the integration of three dimensions: disciplinary core ideas (DCIs), scientific and engineering practices (SEPs), and crosscutting concepts (CCCs). While research has examined the role of DCIs and SEPs in teaching and learning, little research has explored how the CCCs might be integrated. This research proposes…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Science Instruction, Class Activities
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Lombardi, Doug; Bickel, Elliot S.; Bailey, Janelle M.; Burrell, Shondricka – Science Education, 2018
Evaluation is an important aspect of science and is receiving increasing attention in science education. The present study investigated (1) changes to plausibility judgments and knowledge as a result of a series of instructional scaffolds, called model-evidence link activities, that facilitated evaluation of scientific and alternative models in…
Descriptors: High School Students, Science Instruction, Earth Science, Knowledge Level
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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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Azevedo, Flávio S. – Science Education, 2018
I advance theoretically and empirically grounded arguments for broadening how we frame and understand situational interests. A situational interest refers to the short-term spike in a person's attention and participation in an activity and it is triggered in the interactions between the person and environment features (e.g., novelty and surprise).…
Descriptors: Science Interests, STEM Education, Educational Practices, Video Technology
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