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Goodnough, Karen – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
This case study focuses on the professional learning of 38 K-9 teachers who engaged in a professional development (PD) programme in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through collaborative action research (CAR). Through the lens of CHAT or Cultural-Historical Activity Theory, the author examined what teachers were learning,…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Faculty Development, STEM Education, Action Research
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González-Howard, María; McNeill, Katherine L.; Marco-Bujosa, Lisa M.; Proctor, C. Patrick – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
Reform initiatives around the world are reconceptualising science education by stressing student engagement in science practices. Yet, science practices are language-intensive, requiring students to have strong receptive and productive language proficiencies. It is critical to address these rigorous language demands to ensure equitable learning…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, English Language Learners, Case Studies, Science Instruction
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Hsieh, Wen-Min; Tsai, Chin-Chung – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This cross-sectional study explored students' conceptions of science learning via drawing analysis. A total of 906 Taiwanese students in 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade were asked to use drawing to illustrate how they conceptualise science learning. Students' drawings were analysed using a coding checklist to determine the presence or absence…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Case Studies, Positive Attitudes
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Sezen-Barrie, Asli; Kelly, Gregory J. – International Journal of Science Education, 2017
This study focuses on teachers' use of informal formative assessments (IFAs) aimed at improving students' learning and teachers' recognition of students' learning processes. The study was designed as an explorative case study of four middle school teachers and their students at a charter school in the northeastern U.S.A. The data collected for the…
Descriptors: Informal Assessment, Formative Evaluation, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students
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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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Fang, Su-Chi; Hsu, Ying-Shao; Chang, Hsin-Yi; Chang, Wen-Hua; Wu, Hsin-Kai; Chen, Chih-Ming – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
In order to promote scientific inquiry in secondary schooling in Taiwan, the study developed a computer-based inquiry curriculum (including structured and guided inquiry units) and investigated how the curriculum influenced students' science learning. The curriculum was implemented in 5 junior secondary schools in the context of a weeklong summer…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Path Analysis
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King, Donna; Ritchie, Stephen; Sandhu, Maryam; Henderson, Senka – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Science activities that evoke positive emotional responses make a difference to students' emotional experience of science. In this study, we explored 8th Grade students' discrete emotions expressed during science activities in a unit on Energy. Multiple data sources including classroom videos, interviews and emotion diaries completed at the end of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Activities, Emotional Response, Grade 8
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Sezen-Barrie, Asli; Moore, Joel; Roig, Cara E. – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Drawn from the norms and rules of their fields, scientists use variety of practices, such as asking questions and arguing based on evidence, to engage in research that will contribute to our understanding of Earth and beyond. In this study, we explore how preservice teachers' learn to teach scientific practices while teaching plate tectonic…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Earth Science
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Liu, Ou Lydia; Ryoo, Kihyun; Linn, Marcia C.; Sato, Elissa; Svihla, Vanessa – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Although researchers call for inquiry learning in science, science assessments rarely capture the impact of inquiry instruction. This paper reports on the development and validation of assessments designed to measure middle-school students' progress in gaining integrated understanding of energy while studying an inquiry-oriented curriculum. The…
Descriptors: Energy, Science Education, Psychometrics, Case Studies
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Governor, Donna; Hall, Jori; Jackson, David – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
This qualitative, multi-case study explored the use of science-content music for teaching and learning in six middle school science classrooms. The researcher sought to understand how teachers made use of content-rich songs for teaching science, how they impacted student engagement and learning, and what the experiences of these teachers and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Singing, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers
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Berland, Leema K.; Lee, Victor R. – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
In recent years, an emphasis on scientific argumentation in classrooms has brought into focus collaborative consensus-building as an instructional strategy. In these situations, students with differing and competing arguments are asked to work with one another in order to establish a shared perspective. However, the literature suggests that…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Group Discussion, Group Unity, Middle School Students