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Potvin, Patrice; Nenciovici, Lucian; Malenfant-Robichaud, Guillaume; Thibault, François; Sy, Ousmane; Mahhou, Mohamed Amine; Bernard, Alex; Allaire-Duquette, Geneviève; Blanchette Sarrasin, Jérémie; Brault Foisy, Lorie-Marlène; Brouillette, Nancy; St-Aubin, Audrey-Anne; Charland, Patrick; Masson, Steve; Riopel, Martin; Tsai, Chin-Chung; Bélanger, Michel; Chastenay, Pierre – Studies in Science Education, 2020
In this article, we propose an analysis of the state of, and trends in, the field of conceptual change research in science education through the lens of its models. Using a quantitative approach, we reviewed all conceptual change articles (n = 245) published in five major journals in the field of science education in search of the support that…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Science Instruction, Science Education
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Herranen, Jaana; Aksela, Maija – Studies in Science Education, 2019
Students' questions have an important function in science learning, and in inquiry-based approaches. Inquiry teaching in which the students' own questions are used is promising, but a holistic view of the research and practice is lacking. A systematic review was conducted on 30 articles, both research report articles as well as descriptive and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Educational Benefits
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Kulgemeyer, Christoph – Studies in Science Education, 2018
Instructional explanations have sometimes been described as an ineffective way to teach science, representing a transmissive view of learning. However, science teachers frequently provide instructional explanations, and students also offer them in cooperative learning. Contrary to the transmissive view regarding explanation, studies suggest that…
Descriptors: Models, Instructional Effectiveness, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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Nordine, Jeffrey; Fortus, David; Lehavi, Yaron; Neumann, Knut; Krajcik, Joe – Studies in Science Education, 2018
School instruction is critical for helping students use energy as a lens for making sense of phenomena, however, students often struggle to see the usefulness of energy analysis for interpreting the world around them. One reason for this may be an over-reliance on the idea of energy forms in introductory energy instruction, which may…
Descriptors: Energy Education, Systems Approach, Interpretive Skills, Secondary School Science
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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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Ardasheva, Yuliya; Norton-Meier, Lori; Hand, Brian – Studies in Science Education, 2015
In this review, we explore the notion of teaching science to English language learners (ELLs) as a balancing act between simultaneously focusing on language and content development, on the one hand, and between structuring instruction and focusing on student learning processes, on the other hand. This exploration is conducted through the lens of a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, English Language Learners, Teaching Methods, Heuristics
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Plummer, Julia D. – Studies in Science Education, 2014
The big idea of "celestial motion", observational astronomy phenomena explained by the relative position and motion of objects in the solar system and beyond, is central to astronomy in primary and secondary education. In this paper, I argue that students' progress in developing productive, scientific explanations for this class of…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Astronomy, Learning Processes, Models
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Duschl, Richard; Maeng, Seungho; Sezen, Asli – Studies in Science Education, 2011
Our paper is an analytical review of the design, development and reporting of learning progressions and teaching sequences. Research questions are: (1) what criteria are being used to propose a "hypothetical learning progression/trajectory" and (2) what measurements/evidence are being used to empirically define and refine a "hypothetical learning…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Science Education, Learning Processes, Evidence
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Boe, Maria Vetleseter; Henriksen, Ellen Karoline; Lyons, Terry; Schreiner, Camilla – Studies in Science Education, 2011
Young people's participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is a matter of international concern. Studies and careers that require physical sciences and advanced mathematics are most affected by the problem and women in particular are under-represented in many STEM fields. This article views international research about…
Descriptors: Careers, Females, Young Adults, Cultural Context
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Scott, Phil; Mortimer, Eduardo; Ametller, Jaume – Studies in Science Education, 2011
This paper provides an introduction to the concept of pedagogical link-making in the context of teaching and learning scientific conceptual knowledge. Pedagogical link-making is concerned with the ways in which teachers and students make connections between ideas in the ongoing meaning-making interactions of classroom teaching and learning. First…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Secondary School Science, Literature, Science Instruction
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Sadler, Troy D. – Studies in Science Education, 2009
This paper presents situated learning as a theoretical framework for conceptualising new ways to approach science education. Key constructs associated with this framework, including communities of practice, Discourse and identity, are introduced. I advance an argument to develop classroom communities of practice based on engaged citizenship…
Descriptors: Investigations, Scientific Principles, Student Development, Science Education
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Kind, Vanessa – Studies in Science Education, 2009
Pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), since its inception as teacher-specific professional knowledge, has been researched extensively. Drawing on a wide range of literature, this paper seeks to clarify how the potential offered by PCK could be utilised to further develop science teacher education. An analysis of PCK models proposed by various…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Science Education, Teacher Education
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Erduran, Sibel; Duschl, Richard A. – Studies in Science Education, 2004
In this paper, the authors argue that chemical knowledge in the classroom will be enriched by the application of characterizations of models drawn from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. This discussion highlights two important issues relating to chemical knowledge in the classroom: (1) the status of chemical knowledge in the classroom,…
Descriptors: Evidence, Learning Theories, Curriculum Design, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Garrard, Jan – Studies in Science Education, 1986
Provides a review of health issues that could be incorporated into secondary science curricula. Includes sections on the nature of the concepts of health and health education, descriptive health education research, theoretical perspectives on health education, and models and curricula for health education. (ML)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Health Education, Instructional Innovation
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Osborne, Roger; Wittrock, Merlin – Studies in Science Education, 1985
Suggesting that learning be considered as a generative process, attempts to: (1) place generative learning ideas in the context of other viewpoints of learning; (2) explicate key postulates of the generative learning model; and (3) examine implications of these theoretical ideas for teaching, learning, curriculum development, and research. (JN)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning
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