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Feille, Kelly; Nettles, Jenesta – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2019
There is a growing body of literature emphasizing the use of the schoolyard as a teaching tool, however there is limited research that investigates how to support the development of schoolyard pedagogy. Plains Public Schools is home to 17 elementary schools, 12 of which include one or more features of an enhanced schoolyard, such as garden beds.…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Public Schools, Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction
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Subramaniam, Karthigeyan; Kirby, Benjamin; Harrell, Pamela; Long, Christopher – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2019
The purpose of this exploratory qualitative study was to investigate prospective elementary teachers' conceptual understanding of buoyancy. Specifically, the study aimed to identify the scientifically accepted conceptions, and misconceptions that preservice teachers hold about buoyancy using an instructional intervention. Presently, there is a gap…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Knowledge Level
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Long, Christopher Sean; Harrell, Pamela Esprivalo; Subramaniam, Karthigeyan; Pope, Elisabeth – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2019
This study examined the impact of microteaching experiences of preservice elementary teachers enrolled in a science teaching methods course. The microteaching lessons targeted the physical science concepts represented in the Texas Educational Agency's exam for early childhood through sixth grade teacher certification. The results of this study…
Descriptors: Microteaching, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Nagle, Corey Edward; Pecore, John L. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2019
Curricular reforms in science education represent an opportunity for changes in instructional approaches with the intent of making learning and teaching more meaningful and effective. While beginning teachers may receive instruction on pedagogy aligned with adopted reforms, veteran teachers need support and development to implement instruction…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Experienced Teachers, Educational Change, Academic Standards
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Szmodis, Whitney E.; Bodzin, Alec – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2018
A project-based engineering education unit was implemented in a primary school in Cambodia. An effectiveness study was conducted to investigate students' attitudes and expectations of engineering as a profession and students' self-perceived 21st century skills. The findings revealed that prior to the curriculum implementation both male and female…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Self Concept, Engineering Education
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Maharaj-Sharma, Rawatee – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2017
This experimental study was conducted in one public school in Trinidad with the aim of observing the effect of drama on the achievement and attitude towards science, of a group of upper primary school science students when taught a science unit. The experimental group was taught using drama-based instruction and activities while the control group…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Public Schools
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Yetter, Ibrahim H.; Livengood, Kimberly K.; Smith, Walter S. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2017
This study of science standards of all 50 states and 1958 American early adolescents asked whether there is agreement among states about a science topic, lunar phases, that appears in all recent national standards documents, is of cultural significance, and has been widely studied for misconceptions held by children and adults. Secondly, we asked…
Descriptors: State Standards, Science Instruction, Astronomy, Misconceptions
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Young, Jemimah L.; Feille, Kelly K.; Young, Jamaal R. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2017
Black girls represent a unique subpopulation of science learners. Black girls are unique because they consistently outperform Black boys in science. Despite this trend, Black girls often face dual marginalization in STEM classrooms and professions. Racial and gender marginalization can inhibit the success of Black girls in science if researchers,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, African American Students, Females, Elementary School Science
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Nollmeyer, Gustave E.; Bangert, Arthur W. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2017
The arrival of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) marks a new era in science education. However, like all education reform, the success of NGSS implementation lies with teachers. Effective and targeted professional development will play a key role in preparing teachers who work from the framework. This study sought to design and validate…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Knowledge Level, Academic Standards
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Houseal, Ana K. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
A Framework for K-12 Science Education [the Framework] and the resulting Next Generation Science Standards [NGSS] are based upon current research about teaching and learning science. Thus, they provide a structure that science classrooms can use to change from places where students learn about science to places were students "do"…
Descriptors: Models, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Science Instruction
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Allison, Elizabeth; Goldston, M. Jenice – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
This study explored two elementary teachers and their students' perceptions of multiliteracies in science. The technological components of multiliteracies, including online communication tools, were of particular interest for this paper. The multiple case study included: two teachers and their students. One teacher taught a fourth grade classroom…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Technology Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Smith-Walters, Cindi; Mangione, Katherine A.; Smith Bass, Alyson – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
Science is a subject steeped in specialized vocabulary and elementary preservice teachers may find themselves less than comfortable with that vocabulary. Couple this with their long documented fear of the subject and we have teachers who enter their first classrooms unsure of themselves and the content and thus, less able to prepare their own…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Hermann, Ronald S. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
Elementary teachers play a crucial role in breaking the cycle of continued evolution controversy. They have the capacity to introduce concepts at the same time students may first encounter antievolution messages. This study compares elementary education majors' religiosity, acceptance and understanding of evolution to other majors. Results…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Evolution, Comparative Analysis, Undergraduate Students
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Biffi, Daniella; Hartweg, Beau; de la Fuente, Yohanis; Patterson, Melissa; Stewart, Morgan; Simanek, Eric; Weinburgh, Molly – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
The "Framework for K-12 Science Education" (NRC, 2012) and "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States, 2013) stress that in addition to disciplinary core ideas (content), students need to engage in the practices of science and develop an understanding of the crosscutting concepts such as cause and effect, systems,…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Process Skills, Scientific Concepts, Educational Change
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Madden, Lauren; Beyers, James; O'Brien, Steve – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
We seek to understand how pre-service and novice teachers view the importance of STEM education in the elementary grades. A sample of prospective and early career elementary teachers was surveyed using an anonymous online questionnaire. The questionnaire asked for demographic information and this prompt: "Is STEM education important at the…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Preservice Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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