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Belland, Brian R.; Weiss, D. Mark; Kim, Nam Ju; Piland, Jacob; Gu, Jiangyue – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
In this study, we investigated how high school credit recovery students worked in small groups and used computer-based scaffolds to conduct scientific inquiry in a problem-based learning unit centered on water quality. We examined how students searched for and evaluated information from different sources, and used evidence to support their claims.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, High School Students, Scientific Research, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Hallman-Thrasher, Allyson; Connor, Jeff; Sturgill, Derek – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This paper presents the findings of a group of teacher candidates with undergraduate degrees in a STEM discipline who were followed through an intensive 1-year preparation program and their 1st year of teaching. We report on the affordances and challenges participants' discipline knowledge presented to developing pedagogical content knowledge…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers, Mathematics Instruction
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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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Rollinde, E. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
The Human Orrery is a representation of the Solar System at a human scale, on which positions of planets over time are symbolized by different discs. Learners can then walk along the orbits of the planets with the right pace. This pedagogical tool uses the principles of enacted cognition to promote a better understanding of the scientific laws of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Students, Learning Motivation
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Kuo, Yen-Ruey; Tuan, Hsiao-Lin; Chin, Chi-Chin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This study aimed to explore low and non-low achievers' motivation towards science learning among 8th graders in two public schools in central Taiwan under inquiry-based instruction. Mixed design research methods were adopted, and students were divided into experimental (n = 56) and control groups (n = 45). Six non-consecutive inquiry units…
Descriptors: Low Achievement, Student Motivation, Scientific Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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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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Kiran, Dekant; Sungur, Semra; Yerdelen, Sündüs – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
The purpose of this study was to investigate the student and teacher-level predictors of Turkish middle school students' engagement in science classes. Students' engagement was examined in terms of agentic, behavioral, cognitive, and emotional engagement. The participants of the study were 134 Turkish science teachers and their 3394 grade 7…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Motivation, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers
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Yerdelen, Sündüs; Sungur, Semra – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This study aimed to investigate the role of students' classroom learning environment perceptions and teacher effectiveness in 7th grade students' self-regulation in science classes. Students' self-regulation was examined in terms of self-efficacy, achievement goals, and metacognitive strategy use which constitute important components of…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Student Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Grade 7
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Guzey, S. Selcen; Ring-Whalen, Elizabeth A.; Harwell, Michael; Peralta, Yadira – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
The emphasis of reform-oriented science education today focuses on engineering integration in K-12 science classrooms. However, there is little research, particularly longitudinal research, on how different approaches to engineering integration influence student learning and interest. To address this gap in the literature, this study analyzed a…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, Secondary School Science
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Lawrie, Gwendolyn A.; Schultz, Madeleine; Wright, Anthony H. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
The successful transition from high school to tertiary chemistry studies relies on a student's ability to transfer prior understanding since many topics are extended during first year general chemistry. It was therefore of interest to investigate the perspectives of high school and tertiary teachers regarding which topics and concepts they…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Science Instruction, College Science, Chemistry
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García-Carmona, Antonio – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This article presents a qualitative descriptive-interpretive study about the abilities of pre-service primary science teachers (PPTs) to solve a measurement problem put to them as an activity of scientific inquiry. The participants in the study were 23 PPTs receiving training in science teaching, organized into small groups to solve the proposed…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education, Science Teachers, Problem Solving
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Paige, Kathryn; Hardy, Graham – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
Science as a Human Endeavour (SHE) is an innovative strand of the most recent Australian Curriculum: Science. The introduction of SHE is welcome and comes at a time when Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is under increasing scrutiny both in Australia and across the world, with some commentators identifying a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Foreign Countries, Science and Society, Science Education
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Hsu, Pei-Ling – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
Working with scientists has been suggested as an effective way for high school students to learn science more authentically. However, several challenges hinder partnerships between students and scientists, such as intimidation issues, the complexity of scientific language, and communication barriers. The purpose of this phenomenographic study was…
Descriptors: High School Students, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Scientists
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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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Tas, Yasemin; Aksoy, Gökhan; Cengiz, Ekrem – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This study investigates the effect of design-based science (DBS) instruction on students' learning of electrical energy and students' metacognitive strategy use in science. Two classes of seventh-grade students participated in the study. DBS instruction was used in the treatment group, while the comparison group was taught the unit with…
Descriptors: Design, Science Education, Science Instruction, Energy
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