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Saribas, Deniz; Gonca Akdemir, Zeynep – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Today's world requires citizens to make informed decisions by critically evaluating evidence and alternative explanations. The purpose of this study was to explore pre-service elementary teachers' capability of building a model--evidence link, their evaluation levels on the topic of wetlands, and their evaluations of the trustworthiness of the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Visual Aids, Teaching Methods, Models
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van den Hurk, Anniek; Meelissen, Martina; van Langen, Annemarie – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
The so-called leaking STEM pipeline (dropout in STEM education) has been the subject of many studies. The large interest of scholars in plausible causes of this leakage has resulted in a number of meta-reviews describing factors at system, school and student level related to interest and persistence in STEM education. The STEM pipeline discussion…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intervention, STEM Education, Dropout Prevention
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Wheeler, Lindsay B.; Mulvey, Bridget K.; Maeng, Jennifer L.; Librea-Carden, Mila Rosa; Bell, Randy L. – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Graduate students regularly teach undergraduate STEM courses and can positively impact students' understanding of science. Yet little research examines graduate students' knowledge about nature of science (NOS) or instructional strategies for teaching graduate students about NOS. This exploratory study sought to understand how a 1-credit Teaching…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, STEM Education, Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts
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Meyerhöffer, Nina; Dreesmann, Daniel C. – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
English connects all areas of science around the world. Productive and receptive English-language skills are thus a crucial tool that schools must provide their students with in order to prepare them for higher education and professional life. The introduction of bilingual instruction of subject matter, often referred to as Content and Language…
Descriptors: German, Biology, Science Instruction, Units of Study
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Wei, Bing; Chen, Nan – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
In this study, a sociocultural perspective was adopted to understand the interplay between identity and agency in a context of science education reform in China. The manifestation of agency and the interaction between identity and agency were examined with two beginning science teachers teaching with practical work in high school. As part of this…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Educational Change, Curriculum Development, Science Instruction
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Czajka, Charles Doug; McConnell, David – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Efforts to promote the use of student-centered learning environments in STEM education have been tempered by a lack of professional development strategies that help faculty overcome common barriers to reform. This study investigated the impact that adopting a suite of student-centered teaching materials had on the teaching practices and beliefs of…
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Student Centered Learning, Instructional Materials, Faculty Development
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Kim, Mijung; Pegg, Jerine – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Recognising critical reasoning and problem-solving as one of the key skills for twenty-first century citizenship, various types of problem contexts have been practiced in science classrooms to enhance students' understandings and use of evidence-based thinking and justification. Good problems need to allow students to adapt and evaluate the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Problem Solving, Thinking Skills, Critical Thinking
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Gonzales, Alicia C.; Purington, Stephanie; Robinson, Julie; Nieswandt, Martina – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Research shows that collaborative work promotes student learning and improves social skills, but teachers are still exploring how to best support problem-solving in a small group context, particularly in the science classroom. This study builds on prior research to characterise teacher interactions with small groups in secondary science and…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Science Instruction, Biology, Science Teachers
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Sandoval, William A.; Enyedy, Noel; Redman, Elizabeth H.; Xiao, Sihan – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Most of the research on argumentation in science education has documented the myriad flaws in students' argumentation, and the difficulties teachers have organising productive arguments in the classroom. We apply a sociocultural framework to argue that productive argumentation emerges from a classroom culture in which its practice meaningfully…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Science Education, Sociocultural Patterns, Classroom Environment
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King, Gretchen P.; Bergan-Roller, Heather; Galt, Nicholas; Helikar, Tomáš; Dauer, Joseph T. – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
Model-based instruction offers numerous benefits to students, including increased content knowledge and critical thinking. This study explored the differences in the knowledge outcomes and reasoning processes employed by undergraduate students in an introductory biology lab as they constructed, revised, and simulated a computational model of a…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods, Genetics, Biology
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Karlsson, Annika; Nygård Larsson, Pia; Jakobsson, Anders – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
This study describes multilingual students' authentic use of their first and second languages in a "translanguaging science classroom," from a sociocultural perspective. The study is ethnographic, and has followed some lessons each month in a translanguaging science classroom at a primary school for three years. The observed lessons were…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Code Switching (Language), Science Instruction, Classroom Communication
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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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Mujtaba, Tamjid; Sheldrake, Richard; Reiss, Michael J.; Simon, Shirley – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
There is a widespread concern that relatively few students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, continue to study chemistry and other science subjects after compulsory education. Yet it remains unclear how different aspects of students' background and home context, their own attitudes and beliefs, and their experiences of particular…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Chemistry, Science Education, Student Characteristics
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Schultze, Felix; Nilsson, Pernilla – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
During the last decade there has been on-going discussions about students' declining interest and low achievement in science. One of the reasons suggested for this decline is that teachers and students have different frames of reference, whereby teachers sometimes communicate science in the classroom in a way that is not accessible to the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Science Achievement, Science Instruction
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Gold, Anne U.; Pendergast, Philip M.; Ormand, Carol J.; Budd, David A.; Mueller, Karl J. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Spatial reasoning is a critical skill in the Geosciences. Using a randomized control study with 592 undergraduate students enrolled in introductory and advanced Geology courses, our data indicates that regular, short interventions throughout an academic semester improve students' spatial thinking skills significantly with a moderate to large…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Thinking Skills, Earth Science, Science Education
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