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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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Winston, Johnny – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2019
For years science curriculum reformers have bemoaned curricula that are "a mile wide and an inch deep." The tendency for high school science to be "[content]-dominate and textbook centered" leads to science courses bloated with facts and equations at the expense of a deep understanding of science as a process and way of knowing…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Story Telling, Science Education, Secondary School Science
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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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AgwuUdu, David – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2018
This study compared the effects of Individualised Instructional Strategy (IIS) and Cooperative Learning Instructional Strategy (CLIS) on male and female senior secondary school students' academic achievement in Organic Chemistry. The study was guided by 2 research questions and 3 null hypotheses. The design was quasi-experimental. The population…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Educational Strategies, Secondary School Students, Academic Achievement
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Weinburgh, Molly H.; Stewart, Morgan; Silva, Cecilia – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2017
The importance of culture and social interactions in disciplinary learning and language development within specific social practices and contexts is now an agreed-upon notion in the science education literature. In a pivotal article in 1990, Lemke introduced the idea of manual-technical operations as one of four modes making up the "hybrid…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Science Education, Science Teachers, Science Activities
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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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Bowling, Kristi G.; Miller, Leslie M.; Patel, Ruchita; Bass, Kristin M. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2017
"Virtual Clinical Trials" simulations were designed to highlight neuroscience research and reinforce experimental design through the recreation of published clinical trials. This paper reports the effectiveness of "Virtual Clinical Trials" simulations in improving knowledge of concepts related to the experimental design process…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Neurosciences, Knowledge Level, High School Students
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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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Borgerding, Lisa Ann; Kaya, Fatma; Librea-Carden, Mila Rosa; Pantuso, Davida; Maybin, Jaren – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2017
Physics and physical science content are essential for many professional fields, and they are an important component of scientific literacy. Yet, students are commonly less engaged in physics learning at all levels. Funds of knowledge approaches to science instruction build upon learners' real-world experiences and interests in order to make…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Students
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Faggella-Luby, Michael; Griffith, Robin R.; Silva, Cecilia; Weinburgh, Molly H. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
This article explores the use of alternative assessments as a way to determine the impact of science instruction on English Language Learners' (ELLs) abilities to comprehend an informational trade book text, both at the level of reading comprehension and at the level of science understanding. This multi-cohort comparison study of 47 fifth grade…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Alternative Assessment, Science Instruction, Student Evaluation
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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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Boesdorfer, Sarah B. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
Representations are an effective tool that chemistry teachers choose to use in their classes to help their students understand abstract concepts. According to the model of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), a teacher's knowledge of representations is part his/her PCK, which is shaped specifically by his/her orientation towards science teaching.…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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Shepardson, Daniel P.; Britsch, Susan – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
This article examines science teaching and learning by drawing on Vygotsky's sociocultural theory of learning and development as well as a social semiotic perspective. The latter perspective includes in semiosis the science equipment, science phenomena, teacher and student actions, talk and writing that are involved in science teaching and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Sociocultural Patterns, Semiotics, Science Equipment
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