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Cheuk, Tina – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
In this paper, I argue that the practice of argumentation will have implications for students not only in science learning, but also, potential transfer in other disciplines. More importantly, the shift toward a shared discursive language practice of argumentation provides an opportunity for both content-area and language development teachers to…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Common Core State Standards, Persuasive Discourse, English Language Learners
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Koomen, Michele Hollingsworth; Blair, Robert; Young-Isebrand, Elisabeth; Oberhauser, Karen S. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2014
We used a mixed-methods study to understand the nature of classroom instruction and the enactments of inquiry with nine teachers after an extensive professional development (PD). The "Summer Ecology Institute for Teachers" focused on science as a process and included mentoring by scientists and science educators. We validated our…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development, Science Instruction
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Gotwals, Amelia Wenk; Hokayem, Hayat; Song, Tian; Songer, Nancy Butler – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2013
The Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC, 2011) outlines core disciplinary ideas, scientific practices and cross-cutting ideas as dimensions on which to base science education. This study outlines the use of core ecological ideas and two scientific practices as a way to examine the cognitive complexity of released large-scale assessment items…
Descriptors: Ecology, Science Instruction, Evaluation, Difficulty Level