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Taylor, Jonte' C.; Hwang, Jiwon; Rizzo, Karen L.; Hill, Doris Adams – Science Educator, 2020
Broad scientific concepts are vital to individual wellbeing as a function of daily living skills. Science connects how individuals interact with the environment and how they interpret those interactions (Browder et al, 2007). According to the National Assessment of Education Progress, students with disabilities score significantly lower than…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Students with Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities, Intellectual Disability
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Dolenc, Nathan R.; Kazanis, William H. – Science Educator, 2020
Interest driven learning has the potential to enhance the inquiry based learning process by contextualizing curriculum as students investigate scientific questions, collecting and analyzing data, and construct reasonable conclusions relative to their interests. This paper presents a project and its findings that involved preservice elementary…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Student Interests, Preservice Teachers
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Kook, Janna F.; DeLisi, Jacqueline; Fields, Erica T.; Levy, Abigail Jurist – Science Educator, 2020
Although science fairs have been an institution of science education for decades in schools across the United States, little is understood about how students' science fair experiences vary and how these variations relate to student learning. Research on this topic is particularly imperative as new science standards increase emphasis on the…
Descriptors: Science Fairs, Student Experience, Middle School Students, Learner Engagement
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Carrier, Sarah J.; Jones, M. Gail; Ennes, Megan; Madden, Lauren; Lee, Tammy; Cayton, Emily; Chesnutt, Katherine; Huff, Pamela; Phillips, Lanette; Bellino, Marisa – Science Educator, 2020
Although policy makers have made gains in getting students to consider future careers in science, women and many minorities are still underrepresented in science fields. Here we describe research conducted with fifth grade students in a rural area of the southeastern U.S. that examined students' concepts of scientists' characteristics. The results…
Descriptors: Stereotypes, Scientists, Science Careers, Grade 5
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Alston, Daniel M.; Marshall, Jeff C.; Smart, Julie B. – Science Educator, 2020
In the United States, reform movements have been a part of the science education community for decades. Inquiry-based instruction has a long history in reform documents and while it is not explicitly used in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the underlying tenants of this instructional strategy are still evident. Thus, inquiry-based…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Academic Standards, Science Instruction
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Dabney, Katherine P.; Good, Kimberly B.; Scott, Michael R.; Johnson, Teri N.; Chakraverty, Devasmita; Milteer, Brittany; Gray, Alicia – Science Educator, 2020
Research suggests that elementary school is a crucial period for sparking students' long-term interest in science and consideration of a STEM career. Teachers influence students' dispositions towards science; therefore, it is important to consider elementary teachers' identity development, a preservice teacher's own voice and self-image, with…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, STEM Education
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Taylor, Joseph A.; Stuhlsatz, Molly A. M.; Bintz, Jody – Science Educator, 2019
This longitudinal impact study examined the effects of a leadership development program for district-based teams of educators leading science education reform efforts. Propensity score matching was used to construct a comparison group of demographically similar districts who received either none or extant leadership development programming.…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Educational Change, Science Achievement, High School Students
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Chaudhuri, Alakananda R.; McCormick, Bonnie D.; Lewis, Richard, Jr. – Science Educator, 2019
Five standards-based science institutes (SI) were conducted between 2005 and 2016 to support improved content knowledge, pedagogy, and pedagogical content knowledge of in-service middle and high school science teachers in the area of biology. The SI were conducted for 90 hours during the summer and academic year. Content covered was related to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, High School Teachers, Teaching Methods, Pretests Posttests
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Bar, Varda; Shirtz, Aviv Spector; Brosh, Yafa; Sneider, Cary – Science Educator, 2019
In light of extensive research demonstrating widespread misconceptions about electricity, this paper describes a learning study that targeted the most likely source of difficulty--failure of middle school pupils to develop a mental model that serves as a bridge between static and current electricity. During the intervention, pupils first envision…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Energy, Middle School Students, Scientific Concepts
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Miles, Rhea; van Tryon, Patricia J. Slagter – Science Educator, 2019
The purpose of Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP) is to use the planarian animal model to develop an inquiry-based program to teach the science of drug addiction and pharmacology of drugs being abused. Upon completion of a SEADAP teacher professional development, study data reveals a favorable increase in teacher awareness…
Descriptors: Science Education, Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction, Program Development
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Franks, A. Dean; Capraro, Mary Margaret – Science Educator, 2019
Self-concept, self-efficacy, and interest are inextricably tied together. Researchers collected data from high school students' (n=44) responses to 4 short answer questions taken from a National Institute of Education interest inventory survey. These students were Texas science and engineering fair winners awarded the opportunity to attend a…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Learner Engagement, Self Concept, Self Efficacy
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Koomen, Michele Hollingsworth; Barron, Hillary A.; Hoffman, Alissa; Rodriguez, Elizabeth – Science Educator, 2019
This study explores how two middle school teachers utilized elements of scientific inquiry, including the higher sense making skills such as data analysis, interpretation, and drawing conclusions to engage their students in the processes of doing science. Using qualitative research methods, our case study situates the analysis within the macro and…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Inquiry
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Stofer, Kathryn A.; Rios, Christina – Science Educator, 2018
Contextualizing science and STEM learning through agriculture can bring both science and agriculture to new audiences, and improve understanding of both fields. Such agriscience education benefits from informal education resources to support classroom work, but teachers may struggle to locate cost-effective free-choice learning resources in their…
Descriptors: Science Education, Informal Education, Field Trips, Agricultural Education
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Birth, Marisol; Claes, Daniel R.; Pedersen, Jon E. – Science Educator, 2018
This article reports on the results of an exploratory phenomenological study of six Nebraska high school physics teachers and their perceived impact of participating in a collaborative scientific research program that provided training in experimental procedures and advanced, extracurricular physics topics, all building on fundamental high school…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Teachers, Expertise, Professional Development
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Romagnoli, Alex; Bazler, Judith; Van Sickle, Meta – Science Educator, 2018
This article outlines research that explored how pre-service science education teachers drafted multimodal artifacts, namely graphic novelettes (short versions of graphic novels) to help explain science concepts to varying grade levels. The research methodology and collaboration of the project, which included both Science Education and English…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Education
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