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Hite, Rebecca; Jones, M. Gail; Childers, Gina; Chesnutt, Katherine; Corin, Elysa; Pereyra, Mariana – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2019
Combined three-dimensional, haptic-enabled, virtual reality (3D HE VR) systems allow students to actively engage and explore various science concepts by leveraging user-friendly and immersive interfaces. Successful implementation of these learning tools in science classrooms hinges upon teachers' perceptions of the technology's potential as a…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Pretests Posttests
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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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Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2017
Analogies have been widely used as tools for teaching difficult science concepts. The purposeful use of appropriate analogies can facilitate analogical thinking and help students develop the necessary transfer skills required for lifelong learning. Analogical thinking facilitates the development of higher order thinking skills among students. In…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Feille, Kelly – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2013
There is limited research to suggest the student-based and school-wide impacts of school gardens, and even less research regarding the teaching practices that are necessary to encourage the success of an outdoor classroom. Despite the lack of research, teachers are successfully integrating their outdoor classrooms into their students' learning…
Descriptors: Gardening, Outdoor Education, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers
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McHenry, Nadine; Borger, Laurie – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2013
Though inquiry-based teaching has long been touted as an effective pedagogy, its application by elementary classroom teachers has been problematic. Two case studies were used to investigate effective professional learning experiences for teachers and the concomitant development of scientific proficiency in children. Both case studies used a newly…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Active Learning, Inquiry, Elementary School Science
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Binns, Ian C.; Popp, Shannon – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2013
This investigation explored the experiences of a cohort of preservice science teachers learning to teach science in their student teaching placements. Specifically, this investigation explored using inquiry instruction from the perspective of the preservice teacher. Participants included seven preservice biology teachers enrolled in a one-year…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Preservice Teachers, Masters Programs