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Shin, Namsoo; Choi, Sung-Youn; Stevens, Shawn Y.; Krajcik, Joseph S. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
A coherent curriculum that clearly defines sets of ideas that build upon one another to meet desired learning goals can successfully support the development of meaningful understanding across time. This study explores the influence of a coherent curriculum as a systematic approach to aligning and sequencing specific ideas to support students in…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Instructional Materials, Student Attitudes
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Berger, Margot – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This paper explores different ways in which mathematics students read a section of a prescribed mathematics textbook. In this case, the students are mathematics teachers learning new mathematics in a self-study calculus course. Two students were video-taped, while they studied a prescribed portion of the textbook. The reading styles of these two…
Descriptors: Reading Processes, Mathematics Instruction, Prior Learning, Textbooks
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Jin, Hui; Shin, Hyo Jeong; Hokayem, Hayat; Qureshi, Farah; Jenkins, Thomas – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This study describes how we developed a learning progression (LP) for systems thinking in ecosystems and collected preliminary validity evidence for the LP. In particular, the LP focuses on how middle and high school students use discipline-specific systems thinking concepts (e.g. feedback loops and energy pyramid) to analyze and explain the…
Descriptors: Ecology, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Item Response Theory
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Gómez, David Maximiliano; Dartnell, Pablo – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
The present study uses a short, computerized task to investigate individual differences among middle school students in terms of the intuitions and strategies that they use to compare fractions. To tap into their intuitions about fractions, students were presented with pairs of fractions on the screen for a limited time of 10 s. Fraction pairs to…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Fractions, Mathematics Instruction
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Adkins, Michael; Noyes, Andrew – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
The mathematical preparedness of science undergraduates has been a subject of debate for some time. This paper investigates the relationship between school mathematics attainment and degree outcomes in biology and chemistry across England, a much larger scale of analysis than has hitherto been reported in the literature. A unique dataset which…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Achievement, Biology, Chemistry
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Wang, Tzu-Ling; Tseng, Yi-Kuan – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relative effectiveness of experimenting with physical manipulatives alone, virtual manipulatives alone, and virtual preceding physical manipulatives (combination environment) on third-grade students' science achievement and conceptual understanding in the domain of state changes of water, focusing…
Descriptors: Manipulative Materials, Computer Simulation, Grade 3, Elementary School Students
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Garza, Tiberio; Huerta, Margarita; Spies, Tracy G.; Lara-Alecio, Rafael; Irby, Beverly J.; Tong, Fuhui – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
Academic language is critical for English learners (ELs) to succeed in the science classroom. This study analyzed the instructional practices centered around academic language taking place in eight, fifth-grade classrooms during a grant-funded project. Observational data collected through a classroom observation instrument were analyzed to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Language Usage, Control Groups, Experimental Groups
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Turner, Ronna C.; Keiffer, Elizabeth A.; Salamo, Gregory J. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
This study provides psychometric data for the Scholastic Inquiry Observation instrument and 6 years of research data from an inquiry-based professional training program. The rating instrument provides a resource for measuring 16 inquiry-related learning activities based on level of inquiry implementation and level of active student engagement.…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Psychometrics, Faculty Development
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Ronen, Ilana – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
This study begins the task of mapping out two approaches that may be helpful in overcoming incorrect responses to conservation tasks, focusing on the non-conserved quantity. The incorrect responses, which were the result of over-generalizations of conservation, and gradually increased with age despite formal knowledge and minor perceptual input,…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Grade 7, Grade 9, Comparative Analysis
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Fung, Dennis; Hung, Venus; Lui, Wai-mei – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
This study compares the learning results of three groups of secondary two (grade eight) students of a similar academic standard who participated in a teaching intervention involving different pedagogies. One hundred and forty-nine Hong Kong secondary students were chosen and divided into three groups, "whole-class teaching approach",…
Descriptors: Group Activities, Science Education, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Mathematics
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Heshmati, Saeideh; Kersting, Nicole; Sutton, Taliesin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
This study explored the design and implementation of the Cover-up and Un-cover games, two manipulative-based fraction games, in 14 fifth-grade classrooms. We examined how the fraction concepts were integrated into the game design and explored the nature of teacher-student interactions during games using lesson videos. Our examination showed that…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Student Relationship, Design
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Pino-Fan, Luis R.; Font, Vicenç; Gordillo, Wilson; Larios, Víctor; Breda, Adriana – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
In this article, we present the results of the administration of a questionnaire designed to evaluate the understanding that civil engineering students have of the "antiderivative." The questionnaire was simultaneously administered to samples of Mexican and Colombian students. For the analysis of the answers, we used some theoretical and…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Civil Engineering, College Students, Comparative Analysis
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Atwood-Blaine, Dana; Huffman, Douglas – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
This article explores the impact of an augmented reality iPad-based mobile game, called The Great STEM Caper, on students' interaction at a science center. An open-source, location-based game platform called ARIS (i.e. Augmented Reality and Interactive Storytelling) was used to create an iPad-based mobile game. The game used QR scan codes and a…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Handheld Devices, Science Teaching Centers, Science Education
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Wang, Yuqian; Barmby, Patrick; Bolden, David – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
This study describes a comparison of how worked examples in selected textbooks from England and Shanghai presented possible learning trajectories towards understanding linear function. Six selected English textbooks and one Shanghai compulsory textbook were analysed with regards to the understanding required for pure mathematics knowledge in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Textbooks, Mathematics, Comparative Analysis
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Korur, Fikret; Efe, Gülfem; Erdogan, Fisun; Tunç, Berna – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
The aim of this 2-group study was to investigate the following question: Are there significant differences between scaffolded design-based learning controlled using 7 forms and teacher-directed instruction methods for the toy crane project on grade 7 students' posttest scores on the simple machines achievement test, attitude toward simple…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Schools, Middle School Students, Grade 7
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