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Cisterna, Dante; Forbes, Cory T.; Roy, Ranu – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Research suggests that it is challenging for elementary students to develop conceptual understanding of trait variation, inheritance of traits, and life cycles. In this study, we report on an effort to promote elementary students' learning of hereditary-related concepts through scientific modelling, which affords opportunities for elementary…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Students, Genetics, Curriculum Implementation
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Kim, Mijung – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Research on young children's reasoning show the complex relationships of knowledge, theories, and evidence in their decision-making and problem solving. Most of the research on children's reasoning skills has been done in individualized and formal research settings, not collective classroom environments where children often engage in learning and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Grade 2, Grade 3
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Woods-McConney, Amanda; Wosnitza, Marold; Sturrock, Keryn L. – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Science education research has recommended cooperative inquiry based science in the primary science context for more than two decades but after more than 20 years, student achievement in science has not substantially improved. This study, through direct observation and analysis, investigated content-related student interactions in an authentic…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary School Science, Primary Education, Inquiry
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Wilson, Rachel E.; Bradbury, Leslie U. – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
In consideration of the potential of drawing and writing as assessment and learning tools, we explored how early primary students used these modes to communicate their science understandings. The context for this study was a curricular unit that incorporated multiple modes of representation in both the presentation of information and production of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Grade 1, Elementary School Teachers
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Madden, Lauren; Wiebe, Eric – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
This narrative case study examined the relationship between teacher identity and elementary science teaching. Teacher identity was described using a modification of Gee's framework incorporating three perspectives: the teachers' self-described identity, the researchers' view of teacher identity, and the students' views of teacher identity. Over…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Case Studies, Professional Identity, Student Attitudes
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Ergazaki, Marida; Valanidou, Eftychia; Kasimati, Maria-Christina; Kalantzi, Mara – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
This paper reports on a mixed-model case study of designing and implementing a constructivist teaching intervention about reproduction and physical family resemblance for young children. The objective of the study was to explore whether the ways that preschoolers reason about the resemblance between offspring and parents can be improved with a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Science Education, Biology
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Zangori, Laura; Forbes, Cory T. – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Elementary students should have opportunities to develop scientific models to reason and build understanding about how and why plants depend on relationships within an ecosystem for growth and survival. However, scientific modeling practices are rarely included within elementary science learning environments and disciplinary content is often…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Models
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Vo, Tina; Forbes, Cory T.; Zangori, Laura; Schwarz, Christina V. – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Elementary teachers play a crucial role in supporting and scaffolding students' model-based reasoning about natural phenomena, particularly complex systems such as the water cycle. However, little research exists to inform efforts in supporting elementary teachers' learning to foster model-centered, science learning environments. To address this…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Grade 3
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Akerson, Valarie; Nargund-Joshi, Vanashri; Weiland, Ingrid; Pongsanon, Khemmawadee; Avsar, Banu – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
This study explored third-grade elementary students' conceptions of nature of science (NOS) over the course of an entire school year as they participated in explicit-reflective science instruction. The "Views of" NOS-D (VNOS-D) was administered pre instruction, during mid-school year, and at the end of the school year to track…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Grade 3
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Henrichs, Lotte F.; Leseman, Paul P. M. – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
Early science instruction is important in order to lay a firm basis for learning scientific concepts and scientific thinking. In addition, young children enjoy science. However, science plays only a minor role in the kindergarten curriculum. It has been reported that teachers feel they need to prioritize language and literacy practices over…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Academic Discourse, Language Acquisition, Kindergarten
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Danish, Joshua Adam; Saleh, Asmalina – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
It is common practice in elementary science classrooms to have students create representations, such as drawings, as a way of exploring new content. While numerous studies suggest the benefits of representation in science, the majority focus on specific, canonical representations, such as graphs. Few offer insight or guidance regarding how…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Cooperative Learning, Learning Strategies
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Isik-Ercan, Zeynep; Zeynep Inan, Hatice; Nowak, Jeffrey A.; Kim, Beomjin – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
This qualitative case study describes (a) the ways 3D visualization, coupled with other science and literacy experiences, supported young children's first exploration of the Earth-Sun-Moon system and (b) the perspectives of classroom teachers and children on using 3D visualization. We created three interactive 3D software modules that simulate day…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 2, Urban Schools, Astronomy
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Yoon, Sae Yeol; Suh, Jee Kyung; Park, Soonhye – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
Korean students have shown relatively little interest and confidence in learning science, despite being ranked in the top percentile in international evaluations of academic achievement in science such as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study. Although research indicates a positive relationship between student perceptions of…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Educational Practices
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Sharp, John G.; Hopkin, Rebecca; Lewthwaite, Brian – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
This article presents and discusses outcomes arising from a recently completed National Primary Science Survey (England) intended, in part, to elicit how teachers and others perceive the effectiveness of colleagues and the schools in which they work to implement and deliver primary science within the National Curriculum. While the majority view…
Descriptors: Curriculum Implementation, National Curriculum, Strategic Planning, Educational Change
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van Aalst, Jan; Truong, Mya Sioux – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
The phrase "knowledge creation" refers to the practices by which a community advances its collective knowledge. Experience with a model of knowledge creation could help students to learn about the nature of science. This research examined how much progress a teacher and 16 Primary Five (Grade 4) students in the International…
Descriptors: Summative Evaluation, Advanced Placement Programs, Scientific Principles, Social Structure
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