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Dame, Kristina K.; Westerlund, Julie F. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
The purpose of this three-year study was to examine secondary school students' attitudes about science in classrooms with "resident scientists" who had been trained in inquiry science teaching. The study was based upon a National Science Foundation (NSF) program called Project Flowing Waters, a five-year NSF Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12…
Descriptors: Scientists, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students
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Knell, Janie L.; Wilhoite, Andrea P.; Fugate, Joshua Z.; González-Espada, Wilson J. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
Current science education reform efforts emphasize teaching K-12 science using hands-on, inquiry activities. For maximum learning and probability of implementation among inservice teachers, these strategies must be modeled in college science courses for preservice teachers. About a decade ago, Morehead State University revised their science…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Multiple Choice Tests, Test Construction, Psychometrics
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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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Cook, Nicole D.; Weaver, Gabriela C. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
Research Goes to School (RGS) is a professional development program that focuses on high school teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. This collective case study examines RGS participants and their use of project-based learning (PBL) as they implemented curricular units that they developed at the RGS summer…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Faculty Development, Secondary School Teachers
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Cook, Kristin L.; Oliveira, Alandeom W. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
The Next Generation Science Standards emphasize the importance of developing students' abilities to effectively communicate science, including topics that are highly scrutinized in the American public sphere such as evolution. However, student attainment of "controversial communicative competence" (the ability to competently communicate…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Communication Skills, Evolution, High School Students
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Lamidi, Bashirat T.; Oyelekan, Oloyede S.; Olorundare, Adekunle S. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
Nigerian students have not been performing up to expectation in public chemistry examinations. One of the causes identified as being responsible for this is the teachers' use of inappropriate instructional strategies. This study was conducted to determine the effects of mastery learning instructional strategy on secondary school students'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mastery Learning, Learning Strategies, High School Seniors
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Hoffenberg, Rebecca; Saxton, Emily – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
"A Framework for K-12 Science Education," the foundation for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), identifies scientific explanation as one of the eight practices "essential for learning science" (National Research Council, 2012, p. 41). In order to design professional development so teachers can implement these new…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Best Practices
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Anderson, Carrie L.; Miller, Brant G.; Eitel, Karla Bradley; Veletsianos, George; Eitel, Jan U. H.; Hougham, Robert J. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
Environmental education authors have argued for cultivating a relationship with nature and the outdoors, and have urged parents to "unplug" their children from technology. In this perspective, technology is seen as curtailing ties to the environment and its use needs to be limited. In this paper, we consider the idea that while…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Field Instruction, Handheld Devices, Telecommunications
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Kelani, Raphael R. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
The first purpose of this descriptive study was to provide information regarding implementation of the compulsory science curricula in secondary school settings in the Republic of Benin in West Africa in which were infused elements of environmental education (EE). The second was to investigate science teachers' attitudes towards teaching…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Secondary School Students, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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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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Russell, Melody; Russell, Jared A. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2014
Preservice science teachers hold a number of existing beliefs and expectations for their students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds. Many teacher education programs (TEPs) provide diversity coursework, multicultural education courses, and field experiences to better prepare preservice teachers for the CLD classroom. A…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Cultural Awareness, Student Characteristics
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Buteler, Laura Maria; Coleoni, Enrique Andrés – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2014
Solving many quantitative problems does not necessarily lead to an improved Physics understanding. However, physicists, who have learned physics largely through quantitative problems solving, often have a refined physical intuition. Assuming that the refinement of physical intuitions occurs, to a great extent, during problem solving, the question…
Descriptors: Correlation, Physics, Problem Solving, Intuition
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Adams, Anne E.; Miller, Brant G.; Saul, Melissa; Pegg, Jerine – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2014
Although recent educational reforms emphasize the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), many elementary teachers feel less knowledgeable about STEM content and less comfortable teaching STEM than other subjects. This study examined a teacher education program that utilized place-based pedagogies within an…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Teacher Education Programs, Place Based Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Aydeniz, Mehmet; Kotowski, Michael R. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2014
This study argues for the need to clarify the attitude construct in science education. After positing a conceptual definition for attitudes derived from the social psychology and persuasion literature, this study makes a demarcation between science attitudes and attitudes towards science. Based on this conceptual clarity, the study offers a…
Descriptors: Scientific Attitudes, Science Education, Attitude Measures, Test Validity
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Turner, Galen E.; Deemer, Eric D.; Tims, Heath E.; Corbett, Krystal; Mhire, Jeremy – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2014
The authors empirically examine the effectiveness of an intervention program designed to facilitate interest in cyber science among high school students (N = 60). Pretest-posttest and mediation designs were used to model self-report data that were collected at pre-camp, during a cyber-related task at mid-camp, and at post-camp. An analysis of…
Descriptors: STEM Education, High School Students, Vocational Interests, Intervention
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