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Roychoudhury, Anita; Shepardson, Daniel P.; Hirsch, Andrew; Niyogi, Devdutta; Mehta, Jignesh; Top, Sara – Science Educator, 2017
Research related to teaching climate change, system thinking, current reform in science education, and the research on reform-oriented assessment indicate that we need to explore student understanding in greater detail instead of only testing for an incremental gain in disciplinary knowledge. Using open-ended items we assessed details in student…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Climate, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Behrendt, Marc – Science Educator, 2017
This qualitative evaluative study explores the views of two science club advisor/educators of an active 122-member rural high school science club program that is thriving in spite of increasingly busy student schedules, decreasing school budgets, and a demanding standardized curriculum. It is essential to understand the teacher-advisors'…
Descriptors: Success, Case Studies, Qualitative Research, High Schools
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Glennie, Elizabeth J.; Charles, Karen J.; Rice, Olivia N. – Science Educator, 2017
Examining repeated classroom encounters over time provides a comprehensive picture of activities. Studies of instructional practices in classrooms have traditionally relied on two methods: classroom observations, which are expensive, and surveys, which are limited in scope and accuracy. Teacher logs provide a "real-time" method for…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Transcripts (Written Records), Educational Practices
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Harshman, Jordan; Yezierski, Ellen – Science Educator, 2017
With abundant access to assessments of all kinds, many high school chemistry teachers have the opportunity to gather data from their students on a daily basis. This data can serve multiple purposes, such as informing teachers of students' content difficulties and guiding instruction in a process of data-driven inquiry. In this paper, 83 resources…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Instructional Innovation, Teaching Methods, Literature Reviews
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Zambak, V. Serbay; Alston, Daniel M.; Marshall, Jeff. C.; Tyminski, Andrew M. – Science Educator, 2017
For many years, changing beliefs has been considered a prerequisite for changing classroom practices. However, professional development research has also shown that the opposite relationship is also true--change in practice can precede change in beliefs. This study investigated the effect of a one-year professional development program on…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Inquiry, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Wenner, Julianne A. – Science Educator, 2017
The challenge of science achievement gaps is one that scholars have struggled to solve. Teacher leadership holds great promise in closing those gaps. Therefore, the purpose of the research reported here was to explore the responsibilities and supports of formally designated science teacher leaders (STLs) in urban elementary schools that have been…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers
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Schmidt, Kathleen M.; Kelter, Paul – Science Educator, 2017
Little is known about the impact of science fair participation on student science inquiry learning. Furthermore, there is only a small research base relating to science fair participation and student attitudes toward science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers and coursework. In this study, 41 seventh-grade science fair…
Descriptors: Science Fairs, Inquiry, Active Learning, Student Attitudes
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Hitt, Austin M.; Smith, Douglas – Science Educator, 2017
The goal of this paper is to introduce an explicit protocol that preservice science teachers can use to improve the quality of the scaffolding (written and oral prompts) of their inquiry lessons. Scaffolding is an essential component of effective inquiry lessons because it keeps students focused on the target science content and divides the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Science Teachers, Teaching Methods
Luft, Julie A.; Dubois, Shannon L.; Kaufmann, Janey; Plank, Larry – Science Educator, 2016
Teachers are professional learners and leaders. They seek to understand how their students learn, and they participate in programs that provide new instructional skills, curricular materials, and ways to become involved in their community. This study follows a science teacher leadership program over a three-year period of time. There were…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Leadership Training, Program Development, Program Effectiveness
Levy, Abigail Jurist; Jia, Yueming; Marco-Bujosa, Lisa; Gess-Newsome, Julie; Pasquale, Marian – Science Educator, 2016
This study examined science programs, instruction, and student outcomes at 30 elementary schools in a large, urban district in the northeast United States in an effort to understand whether there were meaningful differences in the quality, quantity and cost of science education when provided by a science specialist or a classroom teacher. Student…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Elementary School Science, Urban Schools
Bar, Varda; Brosh, Yaffa; Sneider, Cary – Science Educator, 2016
Threshold concepts are essential ideas about the natural world that present either a barrier or a gateway to a deep understanding of science. Weight, mass, and gravity are threshold concepts that underpin students' abilities to understand important ideas in all fields of science, embodied in the performance expectations in the Next Generation…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Physics, Concept Formation, Science Instruction
Spintzyk, Katharina; Strehlke, Friederike; Ohlberger, Stephanie; Gröben, Bernd; Wegner, Claas – Science Educator, 2016
This paper deals with an empirical study examining the effectiveness of interdisciplinary teaching in biology and physical education (PE) regarding the students' growth in knowledge. The study was conducted with 141 German sixth form students. In groups, they were taught three hours a week for a period of six weeks. In order to compare the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach, Science Instruction, Physical Education
Angle, Julie M.; Colston, Nicole M.; French, Donald P.; Gustafson, John E.; O'Hara, Steven E.; Shaw, Edward I. – Science Educator, 2016
With the economic competitiveness of the United States dependent on an adequate supply of high-quality workers in the STEM fields, President Obama outlined a broad agenda to reinvigorate our country's interest in STEM. Responding to this call, organizations such as the National Lab Network and the STEM Education Coalition began efforts to raise…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Career Development, Career Awareness, High School Students
Friedrichsen, Patricia J.; Linke, Nicholas; Barnett, Ellen – Science Educator, 2016
The social controversy surrounding the teaching of evolution puts pressure on secondary biology teachers to deemphasize or omit evolution from their curriculum. In this growing pressure, professional development can offer support to biology teachers. In this study, we surveyed secondary biology teachers in Missouri and report the data from…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Science Instruction
Murray, Christopher A.; Murray, Michele L.; Snyder, Kayla S.; Marion, Brooke A. – Science Educator, 2016
The theme of survival in a post-apocalyptic or post-disaster scenario as context for science education is explored in this article. Though this theme is prevalent in a wide variety of popular media, only a small number of educators and researchers report having explored it as a means of engaging students, and there is almost no description of its…
Descriptors: Science Education, Natural Disasters, Teaching Methods, Emergency Programs
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