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Premo, Joshua; Cavagnetto, Andy; Honke, Garrett; Kurtz, Kenneth J. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2019
The idea that characteristics acquired by an organism during its lifetime can be inherited by offspring and result in evolution is a substantial impediment to student understanding of evolution. In the current study, we performed a preliminary examination of how acquiring physical changes in a question prompt may differentially cue intuitive and…
Descriptors: Evolution, Genetics, Concept Formation, Science Instruction
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Beier, Margaret E.; Kim, Michelle H.; Saterbak, Ann; Leautaud, Veronica; Bishnoi, Sandra; Gilberto, Jaqueline M. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2019
Can engaging college students in client-centered projects in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) coursework increase interest in STEM professions? The current study explored the effectiveness of project-based learning (PjBL) courses on student attitudes, major choice, and career aspirations in STEM. Framed in expectancy-value…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Teaching Methods, STEM Education, Active Learning
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Fu, Guopeng; Clarke, Anthony – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2019
This study explores how physics teachers in a high school negotiate the relationships between individual and collective agencies in the context of the on-going curriculum reform in China. Drawing on Bandura's social cognitive theory, the study employs ethnographical methods including observation, interviewing, and the researcher's and teachers'…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Teachers, Social Cognition, Ethnography
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Akuma, Fru Vitalis; Callaghan, Ronel – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2019
Around the world, there have been curricula reforms involving the incorporation of the inquiry-based teaching and learning strategy in secondary school science education in general and in practical work in particular. Research in inquiry-based practical work (IBPW) has focused, for example, on aspects of the strategy itself, on teacher…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development
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Leuchter, Miriam; Naber, Britta – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2019
Attention to core concepts in science and engineering in early education has grown recently, and understanding levers as force amplifiers can be recognized as one of these. Previous studies focused on two-sided levers and do not provide sufficient information about children's knowledge of levers as force amplifiers, nor about their learning and…
Descriptors: Science Education, Physics, Engineering Education, Knowledge Level
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Shaby, Neta; Ben-Zvi Assaraf, Orit; Tal, Tali – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2019
Today, science is a major part of western culture. Discussions about the need for members of the public to access and understand scientific information are therefore well established, citing the importance of such information to responsible citizenship, democracy, socially accountable scientific research and public funding (National Research…
Descriptors: Museums, Science Education, Informal Education, Exhibits
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Höft, Lars; Bernholt, Sascha; Blankenburg, Janet S.; Winberg, Mikael – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2019
The development of students' interest in school science activities, their understanding of central chemical concepts, and the interplay between both constructs across Grades 5-11 were analyzed in a cross-sectional paper-and-pencil study (N = 2,510, mean age 11-17 years). Previous empirical findings indicate that students' knowledge increases over…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Science Instruction, Chemistry, Case Studies
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Raker, Jeffrey R.; Gibbons, Rebecca E.; Cruz-Ramírez de Arellano, Daniel – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2019
Affect is associated with success and persistence in STEM courses and degree programs. Measurement tools that produce valid and reliable data are essential to capturing the impact of evidenced-based instructional practices and reformed curricula on learning. We report the development of the Achievement Emotions Questionnaire for use in…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, STEM Education, Academic Achievement, Psychometrics
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Lane, Amanda Kelly; Hardison, Carlton; Simon, Ariana; Andrews, Tessa C. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2019
One barrier to the adoption of evidenced-based teaching practices may be that faculty do not see teaching as an important part of their identities as professionals. Graduate school is a key time for professional identity development, and currently we know little about how doctoral students develop identities as college teachers. In this…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Evidence Based Practice, Teaching Methods
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Arthurs, Leilani A. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2019
Discipline-based education research (DBER) conducted by faculty within geoscience departments can address identified needs in undergraduate geoscience education. This study explores the evolution of undergraduate geoscience education research (GER) from 1985 to 2016, primarily in terms of the types of published research and secondarily in terms of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Science Education, Earth Science, Intellectual Disciplines
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Baumfalk, Ben; Bhattacharya, Devarati; Vo, Tina; Forbes, Cory; Zangori, Laura; Schwarz, Christina – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2019
Developing scientific literacy about water systems is critical for K-12 students. However, even with opportunities to build knowledge about the hydrosphere in elementary classrooms, early learners may struggle to understand the water cycle (Forbes et al., [Forbes, C. T., 2015]; Gunckel et al., [Gunckel, K. L., 2012]; Zangori et al., [Forbes, C.…
Descriptors: Models, Science Curriculum, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
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Acar, Ömer – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2019
A science achievement model was separately investigated for students in low and high achieving schools (LAS and HAS) in Turkey. Then, gender differences based on variables that significantly contributed to each achievement model were investigated. The student-level variables that were under investigation for multiple regression analyses include…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Gender Differences, Foreign Countries, Metacognition
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Akuma, Fru Vitalis; Callaghan, Ronel – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2019
Since scientific literacy has become a key goal in science education, many people have argued in favor of the incorporation of inquiry in science education. However, scattered in the literature are extrinsic and intrinsic teaching challenges linked to the design and implementation of inquiry-based practical work (IBPW) in secondary school science…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Active Learning, Inquiry, Science Education
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Gibbons, Rebecca E.; Raker, Jeffrey R. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2019
This study is designed to test a reciprocal causation, cross-lagged model of self-concept, self-efficacy, and achievement in a postsecondary STEM course. Both self-efficacy and self-concept are known to be related to achievement; however, there is a need to untangle the relationship between the two constructs as well as their association to…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Self Concept, Self Efficacy, Science Achievement
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King, Natalie S.; Pringle, Rose M. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2019
This study presents the interpretations and perceptions of Black girls who participated in I AM STEM--a community-based informal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program. Using narrative inquiry, participants generated detailed accounts of their informal and formal STEM learning experiences. Critical race methodology…
Descriptors: African American Students, Females, STEM Education, Student Attitudes
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