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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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Engels, Mary; Miller, Brant; Squires, Audrey; Jennewein, Jyoti S.; Eitel, Karla – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2019
This study evaluates the effectiveness of a newly developed educational framework for enhancing scientific literacy in rural high school classrooms. The Confluence Approach (TCA) is a curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that utilizes a combination of project-based learning (PrBL) and place-based education (PlBE). TCA…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Active Learning, Student Projects, Place Based Education
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Schizas, Dimitrios; Psillos, Dimitris – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2019
The present study elaborates on a domain-specific approach to NOS (Nature Of Science) and employs a NOTSs (Nature Of The Sciences) agenda to investigate how Greek in-service physics teachers understand the unique features of school physics and biology. Our theoretical framework focuses on the notion of worldview and important differences that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Knowledge Level, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Wallace, Duane E.; Bodzin, Alec M. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2017
This quasi-experimental study examined how the approach of mobile learning and authentic practice (MobiLAP) may foster scientific citizenship among ninth grade students. It was hypothesized that students that form identities as citizen scientists may have more favorable attitudes to contribute to citizen science, have greater interest in science…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Electronic Learning
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Impey, Chris David; Formanek, Martin; Buxner, Sanlyn Rebecca; Wenger, Matthew C. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2017
The past generation has seen major advances in science and technology, and in the preparation of high school students for college. This study investigates changes in the science knowledge of college students, and in their attitudes and belief systems regarding science and technology. Over 12,600 non-science majors at the University of Arizona were…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Educational Research, Undergraduate Students, Knowledge Level
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Lunde, Torodd; Rundgren, Shu-Nu Chang; Drechsler, Michal – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
This study aimed to explore lower secondary teachers' negotiation of the meaning of laboratory work in a professional development program. A total of 15 in-service teachers participated in the program. In the program, tensions between key ideas concerning traditional way of addressing laboratory work -- with emphasis on subject content and skills…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Laboratories, Faculty Development, Professional Continuing Education
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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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Toth, Eva Erdosne; Graham, Meadow S. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
Scientifically literate citizens are able to evaluate news reports on everyday problems with a critical stance to information, which means using both value and norm-based as well as evidence and logic based thinking. Developing a critical stance towards information in the news media, requires familiarity with a complex set of interdisciplinary…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, News Reporting, Logical Thinking, Scientific Literacy
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Cook, Kristin Leigh; Dinkins, Elizabeth G. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
Science educators have noted the unique characteristics of science literacy in terms of text structure, vocabulary demands, and reliance on abstract concepts (Cervetti, Pearson, Bravo, & Barber, 2006; Fang & Schleppegrell, 2008; Pytash, 2013). Furthermore, other scholars have defined scientific thinking processes as inextricable from the…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Popular Culture, Fiction, Content Area Reading
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Drits-Esser, Dina; Stark, Louisa A. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
Effective professional development programs for science teachers provide opportunities for active learning and teacher self-reflection on beliefs about science teaching, learning, and practice. One model that fosters active learning and promotes reflection is collaborative curriculum development, in which teachers work together with university…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Science Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Curriculum Design
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Akilli, Mustafa – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
The aim of this study is to demonstrate the science success regression levels of chosen emotional features of 8th grade students using Structural Equation Model. The study was conducted by the analysis of students' questionnaires and science success in TIMSS 2011 data using SEM. Initially, the factors that are thought to have an effect on science…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Grade 8, Scientific Literacy
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Jain, Jasmine; Abdullah, Nabilah; Lim, Beh Kian – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2014
This study was grounded on the ultimate goal of science education in Malaysia, which is to produce individuals who are scientifically literate. The study specifically aimed to probe how research participants conceptualize the relationship between scientific theory and law. Guided by the phenomenographic structure of awareness as the methodological…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Principles
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Deniz, Hasan; Akerson, Valarie – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2013
We examined to what extent elementary teachers' nature of science (NOS) and nature of scientific inquiry (NOSI) views, and science teaching efficacy beliefs change after a five-day professional development program designed to teach NOS and NOSI integrated with language arts. We found that elementary teachers improved their NOS and NOSI views, and…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Scientific Attitudes
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Lundstr├Âm, Mats – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2013
In this article the possibilities to use video diaries as data collection tool in studies about scientific literacy are discussed. The starting point is a need for students to develop scientific knowledge which they can use as citizens in different situations. I argue that with this definition the students' scientific literacy (SL) must be…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Diaries, Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy
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Cook, Kristin Leigh; Buck, Gayle Anne – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2013
This study explored the ways in which pre-service teachers' (PSTs) understanding of the nature of science (NOS) emerged in their experience of a socio-scientific inquiry-based (SSI) experience. In this study, an undergraduate science course with structured collaboration on a SSI-based inquiry between PSTs and campus scientists was intertwined with…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Principles, Science and Society
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