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Marsteller, Robert; Bodzin, Al – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2019
An online curriculum about biological evolution was designed according to the "Promoting Evidentiary Reasoning and Self-Regulation Online" (PERSON) theoretical framework to support evidentiary reasoning and self-regulation. An efficacy study was conducted with 83 suburban high school biology students using design-based research methods.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Implementation, Evidence, Self Management, Electronic Learning
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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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Kang, Emily J. S.; Swanson, Lauren H.; Bauler, Clara V. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2017
This paper explored the integration of science and language instruction during a unit on plate tectonics in a 7th grade transitional bilingual classroom. As not many studies have explored engaging bilingual learners in the Next Generation Science Standards practices of argumentation and explanation, we sought to analyze emergent bilinguals'…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Units of Study, Language Proficiency, Plate Tectonics
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Carman, Jennifer; Zint, Michaela; Ibanez, Ines – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2017
Raising students' interest in climate change may motivate them to learn about this topic as well as to address and adapt to this defining challenge of our time. To investigate how to increase students' interest in climate change through educational interventions, we conducted an initial study during a two-week pilot unit about how scientists…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 7, Student Interests, Learning Motivation
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Román, Diego X.; Briceño, Allison; Rohde, Hannah; Hironaka, Stephanie – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
Learning from textbooks is challenging because students must understand novel concepts while also comprehending the language used to convey those concepts. In the domain of science, one posited reason for the perceived difficulty in the reading comprehension of science texts is the low frequency of logical connectives (words that signal…
Descriptors: Linguistics, Connected Discourse, Reading Comprehension, Textbooks
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Dever, Robin; Clement, Sue – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
The focus of this research was to test the impact of an authentic science experience on preservice teachers' self-efficacy and their beliefs about their perceived outcomes with middle level students. Data show that there was a statistically significant decrease in the levels of self-efficacy towards teaching science and no significant change in…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Learning Experience
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Buck, Gayle Anne; Cook, Kristin; Carter, Ingrid Weiland – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
Local environmental topics can serve to motivate and empower students to change their behavior and take action for sustainable practices. In order to better support middle level teachers as they incorporate such topics into their professional practice, we sought to enhance our own understanding of their classroom-based experiences. In light of…
Descriptors: Place Based Education, Environmental Education, Student Motivation, Sustainability
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Rillero, Peter – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
Research suggests deep conceptual learning (DCL) is distinctly different than surface learning. Deep conceptual learners tend to think, discuss, and question more, seeking to understand rather than only memorize. A commonality of the Common Core standards in mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards is greater focus on depth by…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Critical Thinking
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Crawford, Lindy; Huscroft-D'Angelo, Jacqueline – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
Informal science education (ISE) programs serve as a method for developing, encouraging, and increasing both participation in, and enthusiasm for, STEM learning. One type of ISE program is provided by Challenger Centers through their space education curricula. Unfortunately, published evaluations related to space education programs are rare. The…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Space Sciences, STEM Education, Program Effectiveness
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Moseley, Christine; Brown, Lisa – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2013
The purpose of this research was to determine whether videoconferencing combined with face-to-face instruction, as used in the delivery of the NASA Digital Learning Network "Can A Shoebox Fly? Challenge" module, was a feasible instructional method to increase positive student attitudes towards science. Overall, the data indicated that…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Scientific Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Videoconferencing
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Mallozzi, Floria; Heilbronner, Nancy N. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2013
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the consistent use metacognitive strategies imbedded in an Interactive Student Notebook (ISN) would impact science process skills of 7th-grade students. In addition, this study explored whether specific teacher written feedback, provided to students in the ISN, further enhanced the use of ISNs and…
Descriptors: Student Journals, Feedback (Response), Middle School Students, Grade 7