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Patterson, Alexis; Roman, Diego; Friend, Michelle; Osborne, Jonathan; Donovan, Brian – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Reading is fundamental to science and not an adjunct to its practice. In other words, understanding the meaning of the various forms of written discourse employed in the creation, discussion, and communication of scientific knowledge is inherent to how science works. The language used in science, however, sets up a barrier, that in order to be…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Yacoubian, Hagop A. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Scientifically literate citizens must be able to engage in making decisions on science-based social issues. In this paper, I start by showing examples of science curricula and policy documents that capitalise the importance of engaging future citizens in decision-making processes whether at the personal or at the societal levels. I elucidate the…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Democracy, Decision Making, Science Curriculum
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Cartwright, T. J.; Hallar, B. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
In this study, we present the long-term influence of an after school science practicum associated with an elementary science methods course. The practicum or field experience could be considered a community-based service learning programme as it is situated both within and for the community. Study participants included eight third- and fifth-grade…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Practicums
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Townsend, Dianna; Brock, Cynthia; Morrison, Jennifer D. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
To a science 'outsider', science language often appears unnecessarily technical and dense. However, scientific language is typically used with the goal of being concise and precise, which allows those who regularly participate in scientific discourse communities to learn from each other and build upon existing scientific knowledge. One essential…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Academic Discourse, Middle School Students, Teaching Methods
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Seda Cetin, Pinar; Eymur, Guluzar; Southerland, Sherry A.; Walker, Joi; Whittington, Kirby – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
This study examines the influence of laboratory instruction that engages students in a wide range of the practices of science on Turkish high-school students' chemistry learning. In this mixed methods study, student learning in two different laboratory settings was compared, one that featured an instruction that engaged students in a wide range of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Chemistry, Educational Practices
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Terrazas-Arellanes, Fatima E.; Gallard M., Alejandro J.; Strycker, Lisa A.; Walden, Emily D. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to document the design, classroom implementation, and effectiveness of interactive online units to enhance science learning over 3 years among students with learning disabilities, English learners, and general education students. Results of a randomised controlled trial with 2,303 middle school students and 71…
Descriptors: Units of Study, Online Courses, Learning Disabilities, English Language Learners
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Arnold, Julia C. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Health education is to foster health literacy, informed decision-making and to promote health behaviour. To date, there are several models that seek to explain health behaviour (e.g. the Theory of Planned Behaviour or the Health Belief Model). These models include motivational factors (expectancies and values) that play a role in decision-making…
Descriptors: Health Education, Science Education, Health Behavior, Decision Making Skills
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Ryder, Jim; Lidar, Malena; Lundqvist, Eva; Östman, Leif – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
We explore the experiences of school science teachers as they enact three linked national curriculum and assessment policy reforms in Sweden. Our goal is to understand teachers' differing responses to these reforms. A sample of 13 teachers engaged in 2 interviews over a 6-9-month period. Interviews included exploration of professional background…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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Pan, Yi-Ting; Liu, Shu-Chiu – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to investigate students' understanding of groundwater as a system, and to further examine whether and how their understanding is related to attitudes towards groundwater use and conservation. A total of 676 junior high school students completed a groundwater survey including a drawing activity and a questionnaire. An…
Descriptors: Water, Conservation (Environment), Student Surveys, Student Attitudes
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Frumin, Kim; Dede, Chris; Fischer, Christian; Foster, Brandon; Lawrenz, Frances; Eisenkraft, Arthur; Fishman, Barry; Jurist Levy, Abigail; McCoy, Ayana – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Over the past decade, the field of teacher professional learning has coalesced around core characteristics of high quality professional development experiences (e.g. Borko, Jacobs, & Koellner, 2010. Contemporary approaches to teacher professional development. In P. L. Peterson, E. Baker, & B. McGaw (Eds.), "International encyclopedia…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Computer Mediated Communication, Science Instruction
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Kruit, P. M.; Oostdam, R. J.; van den Berg, E.; Schuitema, J. A. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
In most primary science classes, students are taught science inquiry skills by way of learning by doing. Research shows that explicit instruction may be more effective. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of explicit instruction on the acquisition of inquiry skills. Participants included 705 Dutch fifth and sixth graders. Students…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Grade 6, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students
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Tavares, Gustavo Medina; Bobrowski, Vera Lucia – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
The integrative role that Evolutionary theory plays within Biology is recognised by most scientific authors, as well as in governmental education policies, including Brazilian policies. However, teaching and learning evolution seems problematic in many countries, and Brazil is among those. Many factors may affect teachers' and students'…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Foreign Countries
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Zhang, Lin – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
As more concerns have been raised about withholding answers during science teaching, this article argues for a need to detach 'withholding answers' from 'hands-on' investigation tasks. The present study examined students' learning of light-related content through three conditions: 'hands-on' + no 'withholding' (hands-on only: HO), 'hands-on' +…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Investigations, Science Instruction, Grade 4
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Adadan, Emine; Yavuzkaya, Merve Nur – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
This cross-sectional study examined how the progression and consistency of students' understanding of thermal concepts in everyday contexts changes across the grade levels. A total of 656 Turkish students from Grade 8 (age 13-14), Grade 10 (age 15-16), and the first year of college (age 19-20) participated in the study. The data were analysed…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Heat, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction
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Vennix, Johanna; den Brok, Perry; Taconis, Ruurd – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
The present study investigated outreach activities, developed by STEM-based companies or universities in co-creation with secondary education with the aim to inform students about and motivate them for a career in STEM by connecting the work-context with school-science. Although many of such activities are being offered, little is known about…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Secondary School Science, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation
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