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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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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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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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Yang, Li-hsuan – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
This study explored how interpersonal relationships may affect the development of interest in science from college students' perspectives. Semi-structured interviews with 24 college students were conducted and analyzed. The findings indicated that interpersonal relationships could start and sustain students' interest in science; negative…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Interpersonal Relationship, Student Interests, Science Interests
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Madden, Lauren; Beyers, James; O'Brien, Steve – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
We seek to understand how pre-service and novice teachers view the importance of STEM education in the elementary grades. A sample of prospective and early career elementary teachers was surveyed using an anonymous online questionnaire. The questionnaire asked for demographic information and this prompt: "Is STEM education important at the…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Preservice Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Brownstein, Erica M.; Horvath, Larry – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
Science teacher educators in the United States are currently preparing future science teachers to effectively implement the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS) and, in thirteen states, to successfully pass a content-specific high stakes teacher performance assessment, the edTPA. Science education and teacher performance assessment…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Science Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers
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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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Ivey, Toni A.; Colston, Nicole M.; Thomas, Julie A. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
This article reports on a collaborative enterprise between Oklahoma State University's (OSU) NASA Education Projects and OSU's College of Education preservice elementary teachers (PSTs) to engage approximately 400 middle school students for a 20-minute live downlink with Commander Kevin Ford from the International Space Station (ISS). NASA…
Descriptors: Space Sciences, Earth Science, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Oliveira, Alandeom; Weiland, Ingrid; Hsu, Ting-Fang – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
Food constitutes an important pedagogical component of elementary science, yet research on how to approach this topic is scarce. The present study attends to this issue by exploring "food appraisal" (dialogic sense-making wherein elementary teachers and students orally evaluate particular types of foods and eating habits) during science…
Descriptors: Food, Elementary School Science, Primary Education, Elementary School Students
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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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Bajar-Sales, Princess Ann; Avilla, Ruel Atendido; Camacho, Vic Marie Inte – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
The study was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of Predict-Explain-Observe-Explain (PEOE) approach to student's performance in chemistry. This study also determined the correlation of metacognition to student achievement. Specifically, it sought to find out: (1)if there is a significant difference between the pretest and posttest scores…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Teaching Methods, Metacognition
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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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Laureano, Roselle A.; Espinosa, Allen A.; Avilla, Ruel A. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
The study was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of Grade 9 Science Learner's Material on self-regulation and achievement of students in Chemistry. Specifically, it sought to find out if: (1) students exposed to Grade 9 Science Learner's Material (Grade 9 LM) have higher self-regulation in chemistry compared to those who were exposed to…
Descriptors: Grade 9, High School Students, Science Instruction, Chemistry
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Frey, Bruce B.; Ellis, James D.; Bulgreen, Janis A.; Hare, Jana Craig; Ault, Marilyn – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
"Scientific argumentation," defined as the ability to develop and analyze scientific claims, support claims with evidence from investigations of the natural world, and explain and evaluate the reasoning that connects the evidence to the claim, is a critical component of current science standards and is consistent with "Common Core…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Science Tests, Persuasive Discourse, Science Process Skills
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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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