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Jiang, Shiyan; Shen, Ji; Smith, Blaine E. – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
The current K-12 educational system often does not engage students in interdisciplinary learning. To address this need, we developed an integrated STEM + L (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Digital Literacies) afterschool programme in which middle school students took discipline-specific roles (writer, scientist, artist, and engineer)…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, After School Programs, STEM Education, Middle School Students
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Namdar, Bahadir; Shen, Ji – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Using multiple representations and argumentation are two fundamental processes in science. With the advancements of information communication technologies, these two processes are blended more so than ever before. However, little is known about how these two processes interact with each other in student learning. Hence, we conducted a design-based…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Persuasive Discourse, Information Technology
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Zhang, Dongmei; Shen, Ji – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Problem-solving has been one of the major strands in science education research. But much of the problem-solving research has been conducted on discipline-based contexts; little research has been done on how students, especially individuals, solve interdisciplinary problems. To understand how individuals reason about interdisciplinary problems, we…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Interdisciplinary Approach, Science Education, Graduate Students
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Shen, Ji; Sung, Shannon; Zhang, Dongmei – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Students need to think and work across disciplinary boundaries in the twenty-first century. However, it is unclear what interdisciplinary thinking means and how to analyze interdisciplinary interactions in teamwork. In this paper, drawing on multiple theoretical perspectives and empirical analysis of discourse contents, we formulate a theoretical…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Teamwork, Discourse Analysis, Communication Strategies
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Namdar, Bahadir; Shen, Ji – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Scientific modeling has been advocated as one of the core practices in recent science education policy initiatives. In modeling-based instruction (MBI), students use, construct, and revise models to gain scientific knowledge and inquiry skills. Oftentimes, the benefits of MBI have been documented using assessments targeting students' conceptual…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Models, Scientific Methodology