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Jones, M. Gail; Lee, Tammy; Chesnutt, Katherine; Carrier, Sarah; Ennes, Megan; Cayton, Emily; Madden, Lauren; Huff, Pamela – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Although there has been some success with programmes that aim to increase STEM involvement by women and underserved minorities, science educators continue to seek ways to promote students' interest in STEM. This study builds on social cognitive career theory (SCCT) and the theory of enclothed cognition to assess the impact of wearing lab coats on…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Clothing, Science Laboratories, Grade 5
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Lan, Shu-Wen; de Oliveira, Luciana C. – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Recent science-education reforms have targeted students' ability to 'talk science', especially in science classrooms. Prior research has shown that participation in scientific discourse in class is one of the most challenging scientific-literacy tasks, and particularly complex for English language learners (ELLs) at the upper elementary level. The…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Science Instruction, Student Participation, Scientific Literacy
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van der Graaf, Joep; van de Sande, Eva; Gijsel, Martine; Segers, Eliane – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Inquiry-based lessons have been demonstrated to improve children's scientific thinking (i.e. reasoning abilities and domain-specific knowledge). Although empirical evidence shows that inquiry-based learning requires instruction, research comes from two approaches that have not been bridged yet: direct instruction of scientific reasoning and…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Direct Instruction, Active Learning, Inquiry
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Bonnette, Rachel N.; Crowley, Kevin; Schunn, Christian D. – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Ages 10-14 mark a period in which children develop a strong sense of whether science is 'for them,' a time that typically coincides with the start of middle school in the United States and their first exposure to more rigorous science classes and testing. Experiences with science in and out of school can shape children's motivation to choose…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Early Adolescents, Middle School Students, Student Interests
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Shaban, Yara; Wilkerson, Michelle Hoda – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Science educators demonstrated that students' framings -- their expectations of what is going on -- influence how they participate, and what science knowledge they reveal, in clinical interviews. This paper complements research that explores how interviewers are likely to affect student framings, by exploring how subtler interactions can lead…
Descriptors: Science Education, Student Behavior, Epistemology, Scientific Concepts
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Rojas Rojas, Sandra Patricia; Meneses, Alejandra; Sánchez Miguel, Emilio – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Reading is a tool that promotes the learning of science across schooling. Scientific texts are conceptually and linguistically complex, especially for students from low-income contexts because they have neither the experience with the language nor the literacy skills to face the challenges of scientific knowledge. This study used a mix method…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Reading Comprehension, Disadvantaged Schools, Low Income Students
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Eckes, Alexander; Wilde, Matthias – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Structure in the form of feedback has been shown to be highly relevant to students learning. Offering feedback, stating clear expectations and instructions, might enhance students' perceived competence. The context chosen for this study were experiments studying bird flight in biology lessons. Students experimented in a scientific discovery…
Descriptors: Science Experiments, Biology, Feedback (Response), Discovery Learning
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Maeng, Jennifer L.; Bell, Randy L.; St. Clair, Tyler; Gonczi, Amanda L.; Whitworth, Brooke A. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
This embedded mixed method study used a randomised controlled? trial design to examine two cohorts of upper (grades 4-6) elementary teachers' classroom implementation of nature of science (NOS) instruction following their participation in a statewide professional development (PD). The treatment group (n = 145) was compared to a control group (n =…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction
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Meneses, Alejandra; Escobar, José-Pablo; Véliz, Soledad – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Reading comprehension is a crucial skill that elementary school students must develop in order to learn science. However, there is not yet enough research about the role that multimodal texts play in scaffolding student reading comprehension of complex scientific processes, such as energy transfer. This study explored how verbal and visual…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries, Experimental Groups
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Nichol, Carolyn; Chow, Alice; Furtwengler, Scott – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
We first examined the effects of a year-long professional development (PD) programme for elementary science teachers on fifth grade student performance on state-mandated science achievement tests of students from a treatment and a comparison group of teachers in the 2009-2010 academic year. Then, we investigated the longer-term impacts by…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Elementary School Students
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Harper, Susan G. – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This research explored how Karen (first-generation refugees from Burma) elementary students engaged with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) practice of constructing scientific explanations based on evidence within the context of a cross-cultural learning community. In this action research, the researcher and a Karen parent served as…
Descriptors: Refugees, Elementary School Students, Science Instruction, Cultural Awareness
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Seah, Lay Hoon; Yore, Larry D. – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This study of three science teachers' lessons on heat and temperature seeks to characterise classroom talk that highlighted the ways language is used and to examine the nature of the language demands revealed in constructing, negotiating, arguing and communicating science ideas. The transcripts from the entire instructional units for these…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Heat, Thermodynamics
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Vitale, Jonathan M.; McBride, Elizabeth; Linn, Marcia C. – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
We compared two forms of automated guidance to support students' understanding of climate change in an online inquiry science unit. For "specific" guidance, we directly communicated ideas that were missing or misrepresented in student responses. For "knowledge integration" guidance, we provided hints or suggestions to motivate…
Descriptors: Climate, Change, Comparative Analysis, Science Instruction
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Gokpinar, Tuba; Reiss, Michael – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
The literature in science education highlights the potentially significant role of outside-school factors such as parents, cultural contexts and role models in students' formation of science attitudes and aspirations, and their attainment in science classes. In this paper, building on and linking Bourdieu's key concepts of habitus, cultural and…
Descriptors: Science Education, Case Studies, Models, Science Instruction
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Hofferber, Natalia; Basten, Melanie; Großmann, Nadine; Wilde, Matthias – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Self-Determination Theory and Flow Theory propose that perceived autonomy fosters the positive qualities of motivation and flow-experience. Autonomy-support can help to maintain students' motivation in very interesting learning activities and may lead to an increase in the positive qualities of motivation in less interesting learning activities.…
Descriptors: Teacher Behavior, Biology, Science Instruction, Science Education
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