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Mason, Lucia; Zaccoletti, Sonia; Carretti, Barbara; Scrimin, Sara; Diakidoy, Irene-Anna N. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
Text is the primary tool to learn disciplinary knowledge in school. Text-based learning is shaped by a complex interplay between the text and reader characteristics. This study examined the role of text structure and inhibition in conceptual learning about energy. Inhibition implies the ability to block dominant but inappropriate responses…
Descriptors: Inhibition, Energy, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Bofferding, Laura; Farmer, Sherri – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
The language involved in de-contextualized integer comparisons poses challenges, as students may interpret "most" based on absolute values rather than on order. Using the context of temperature, we explored how students' integer value comparisons differed based on question phrasing (which temperature is hottest, most hot, least hot,…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Students, Grade 2, Grade 4
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Papadopoulos, Ioannis; Patsiala, Nafsika – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
The issue of early algebraic thinking is of great importance for the school life of young students. In this paper, the Father Woodland, a puzzle-like environment, is presented aiming to facilitate the use of algebraic thinking in early schooling. Seventy grade 3 students participated and their work was examined within Radford's (2011, 2014)…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Algebra
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Summers, Ryan; Wang, Shuai; Abd-El-Khalick, Fouad; Said, Ziad – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
Surveying is a common methodology in science education research, including cross-national and cross-cultural comparisons. The literature surrounding students' attitudes toward science, in particular, illustrates the prevalence of efforts to translate instruments with the eventual goal of comparing groups. This paper utilizes survey data from a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students
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Han, Moonhyun; Kim, Heui-baik – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This study investigates how elementary students were able to construct a human respiratory system model and, in particular, how the process of reasoning contributed to their model through the use of analogy model activities. For this study, modeling activities that included the use of analogy models were designed and implemented. Over 4 class…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Models, Human Body, Logical Thinking
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Yang, Der-Ching – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This study investigated the performance of 790 fourth graders from Taiwan for judging the reasonableness of a computational result by using corresponding methods pertaining to whole numbers. A number-sense web-based two-tier diagnostic test was used to assess the number-sense performance of the fourth graders who participated in this study. The…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts
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Russo, James; Hopkins, Sarah – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
Research suggests that teachers of mathematics are frequently reluctant to pose challenging tasks to students. Reasons for this reluctance include fears of negative student reactions, time and resource constraints, and a lack of relevant teacher content knowledge. The current study involved interviewing three early primary-grade (elementary)…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Primary Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Chen, Hsiang-Ting; Wang, Hsin-Hui; Lu, Ying-Yan; Hong, Zuway-R – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This quasi-experimental mixed-methods design examined the effects of a Modified Argument-Driven Inquiry (MADI) on elementary school boys' and girls' engagement in learning science (ELS) and performance of argumentation. Thirty-two children were randomly selected to participate in a two-semester 24-h intervention, forming an experimental group (EG,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Persuasive Discourse, Intervention, Gender Differences
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Becker, Sandra; Jacobsen, Michele – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
Makerspaces provide a viable option for constructing and sharing knowledge in schools. Inherent in the designing, tinkering, and playing that learners engage in through making are competencies, such as the ability to create, problem solve, and innovate, decreed as critical by education policymakers. This paper summarizes results from a study in a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Grade 6
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Sia, Carolyn Jia Ling; Lim, Chap Sam; Chew, Cheng Meng; Kor, Liew Kee – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
Cognitive model [CM] is the description of individual's problem-solving method on selected tasks at a precise level to make meaningful inference on his/her strengths and weaknesses. CM serves as a foundation in developing a cognitive diagnostic assessment [CDA] that links the interpretation of test score to the attributes. This study employed the…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Schemata (Cognition), Time, Elementary School Teachers
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Yang, Der-Ching; Sianturi, Iwan Andi J. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
Judging the reasonableness of computational results is pivotal for students to understand mathematical concepts. This domain is the most sensitive to the presence of misconceptions in mathematics. Confidence ratings can serve as a measure of the strength of students' conceptual understanding. This study investigated the performance,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Grade 6, Mathematics Skills
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Eilam, Billie; Alon, Uri – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
Spatial abilities--required in both academic and everyday information processing--are recommended as an important target for explicit instruction in the K-12 curriculum. However, most school curricula do not address this spatial issue, probably because spatial ability is a general rather than domain-specific skill and also due to debate regarding…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Grade 4, Spatial Ability
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Karpudewan, Mageswary; Roth, Wolff-Michael – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
Recent studies emphasize the importance of learning science while considering multiple perspectives on environment, society, economy, and technology, which allows learners to relate what they do in the classroom to the world beyond. In this study, 68 12-year-old primary students from 1 Malaysian school were followed while they engaged in a science…
Descriptors: Science Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Elementary School Students, Science Curriculum
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Hilton, Annette – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
Research on the impact of the integration of technologies such as iPads on primary students' attitudes and engagement in mathematics is limited. Further, there have been claims that teachers' pedagogical choices can strongly influence the effectiveness of iPads for engaging students in mathematics. This paper presents an investigation of the…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Technology Integration, Handheld Devices
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Daher, Wajeeh; Saifi, Abdel-Gani – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
The constructivist learning approach is suggested as a means for facilitating students' learning of science and increasing their participation in this learning. Several studies have shown the contribution of this approach to the different aspects of students' learning of science, though little research has examined the contribution of this…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Science Instruction, Grade 5, Democracy
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