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Reinhold, Sarah; Holzberger, Doris; Seidel, Tina – Studies in Science Education, 2018
Previous studies have pointed out that schools play a central role in students' orientation towards science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). However, studies use a variety of theoretical foundations in order to define variables and hypothesise relationships between schools and STEM orientation. In order to facilitate the…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Secondary School Students, Science Careers, Science Interests
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Pareja Roblin, Natalie; Schunn, Christian; Bernstein, Debra; McKenney, Susan – Studies in Science Education, 2018
Grant-funded curriculum development efforts can substantially impact practice and research in science education. Therefore, understanding the sometimes-unintended consequences of changes in grant priorities is crucial. Using the case of two large funding agencies in the United States, the current portfolio review provides insight into these…
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Science Materials, Federal Aid, Educational Change
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Mujtaba, Tamjid; Lawrence, Martin; Oliver, Mary; Reiss, Michael J. – Studies in Science Education, 2018
This review examines how natural history museums (NHMs) can enhance learning and engagement in science, particularly for school-age students. First, we describe the learning potential of informal science learning institutions in general, then we focus on NHMs. We review the possible benefits of interactions between schools and NHMs, and the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Museums, Science Instruction, School Community Programs
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Pande, Prajakt; Chandrasekharan, Sanjay – Studies in Science Education, 2017
Multiple external representations (MERs) are central to the practice and learning of science, mathematics and engineering, as the phenomena and entities investigated and controlled in these domains are often not available for perception and action. MERs therefore play a twofold constitutive role in reasoning in these domains. Firstly, MERs stand…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Visualization, Imagination, Cognitive Processes
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Brock, Richard; Taber, Keith S. – Studies in Science Education, 2017
This paper examines the role of the microgenetic method in science education. The microgenetic method is a technique for exploring the progression of learning in detail through repeated, high-frequency observations of a learner's "performance" in some activity. Existing microgenetic studies in science education are analysed. This leads…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Education, Observation, Data Collection
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Bevan, Bronwyn – Studies in Science Education, 2017
"Making" is a rapidly emerging form of educational practice that involves the design, construction, testing, and revision of a wide variety of objects, using high and low technologies, and integrating a range of disciplines including art, science, engineering, and mathematics. It has garnered widespread interest and support in both…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Education, Design, Problem Solving
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Jack, Brady Michael; Lin, Huann-shyang – Studies in Science Education, 2017
Generations of students are graduating from secondary school disinterested in post-secondary study of science or pursuing careers in science-related fields beyond formal education. We propose that destabilising such disinterest among future students requires science educators to begin listening to secondary school students regarding their views of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Student Interests, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Bush, Drew; Sieber, Renee; Seiler, Gale; Chandler, Mark – Studies in Science Education, 2017
This paper reviews university-level efforts to improve understanding of anthropogenic global climate change (AGCC) through curricula that enable student scientific inquiry. We examined 152 refereed publications and proceedings from academic conferences and selected 26 cases of inquiry learning that overcome specific challenges to AGCC teaching.…
Descriptors: Climate, Ecology, Inquiry, Literature Reviews
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Sjöström, Jesper; Frerichs, Nadja; Zuin, Vânia G.; Eilks, Ingo – Studies in Science Education, 2017
"Bildung" is a complex educational concept that emerged in Germany in the mid eighteenth century. Especially in Germany and Scandinavia conceptions of "Bildung" became the general philosophical framework to guide both formal and informal education. "Bildung" concerns the whole range of education from setting…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Science Education, Educational Research, General Education
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Stern, Florian; Kampourakis, Kostas – Studies in Science Education, 2017
Research in genetics and genomics is advancing at a fast pace, and thus keeping up with the most recent findings and conclusions can be very challenging. At the same time these recent findings and conclusions have made necessary a reconceptualization of genes and heredity, both in science and in science education, beyond the mostly gene-centred…
Descriptors: Genetics, Literacy, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Rönnebeck, Silke; Bernholt, Sascha; Ropohl, Mathias – Studies in Science Education, 2016
Despite the importance of scientific inquiry in science education, researchers and educators disagree considerably regarding what features define this instructional approach. While a large body of literature addresses theoretical considerations, numerous empirical studies investigate scientific inquiry on quite different levels of detail and also…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Inquiry, Scientific Research, Scientific Concepts
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Hasni, Abdelkrim; Bousadra, Fatima; Belletête, Vincent; Benabdallah, Ahmed; Nicole, Marie-Claude; Dumais, Nancy – Studies in Science Education, 2016
Project-based teaching is nothing new; it originates from the work of authors like Dewey and Kilpatrick. Recent decades have seen renewed interest in this approach. In many countries, it is currently considered to be an innovative approach to science and technology (S&T) teaching. In this article, we present a systematic review of what recent…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Active Learning, Student Projects, Science Education
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Thys, Miranda; Verschaffel, Lieven; Van Dooren, Wim; Laevers, Ferre – Studies in Science Education, 2016
This paper provides a systematic review of instruments that have the potential to measure the quality of project-based science and technology (S&T) learning environments in elementary school. To this end, a comprehensive literature search was undertaken for the large field of S&T learning environments. We conducted a horizontal bottom-up…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Prior Learning, Scientific Concepts
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Davis, Elizabeth A.; Janssen, Fred J. J. M.; Van Driel, Jan H. – Studies in Science Education, 2016
Curriculum materials serve as a key conceptual tool for science teachers, and better understanding how science teachers use these tools could help to improve both curriculum design and theory related to teacher learning and decision-making. The authors review the literature on teachers and science curriculum materials. The review is organised…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Cheng, May Hung May; Wan, Zhi Hong – Studies in Science Education, 2016
Chinese students' excellent science performance in large-scale international comparisons contradicts the stereotype of the Chinese non-productive classroom learning environment and learners. Most of the existing explanations of this paradox are provided from the perspective of teaching and learning in a general sense, but little work can be found…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Statistical Analysis, Literature Reviews
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