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Peppler, Kylie; Wohlwend, Karen; Thompson, Naomi; Tan, Verily; Thomas, AnnMarie – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
While circuitry lessons have traditionally been first introduced in late elementary school, they remain challenging conceptually for undergraduates in physics and engineering courses. Seeking to provide a higher quality and earlier introduction to circuitry learning for young children (ages 3-5), this paper investigates the affordances of…
Descriptors: Electronics, Physics, Preschool Education, Nursery Schools
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Lehtinen, Antti; Viiri, Jouni – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2017
Current research indicates that inquiry-based learning should be guided in order to achieve optimal learning outcomes. The need for guidance is even greater when simulations are used because of their high information content and the difficulty of extracting information from them. Previous research on guidance for learning with simulations has…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Inquiry, Guidance, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Louca, Loucas T.; Zacharia, Zacharias C. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
Despite the abundance of research in Modeling-based Learning (MbL) in science education, to date there is only limited research on MbL practices among K-6 novice modelers. More specifically, there is no information on how young/novice modelers' modeling enactments look so that researchers and educators have an idea of what should be expected from…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Education, Modeling (Psychology), Teaching Methods
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Varma, Keisha – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2014
Researchers from multiple perspectives have shown that young students can engage in the scientific reasoning involved in science experimentation. However, there is little research on how well these young students learn in inquiry-based learning environments that focus on using scientific experimentation strategies to learn new scientific…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Thermodynamics
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Hast, Michael; Howe, Christine – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2013
Previous research indicates children reason in different ways about horizontal motion and motion in fall. At the same time, their understanding of motion down inclines appears to result from an interaction between horizontal and vertical motion understanding. However, this interaction is still poorly understood. Understanding of speed change may…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Science Education, Elementary School Science, Age Differences
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Katz, Phyllis – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2011
There are many influences on a child's identity. Photobook technology purposefully prepared around science explorations presents a modern opportunity to repeatedly trigger memories that reinforce the "me, as scientist" viewpoint. Semi-structured interviews at 6 and 8 years of age were conducted with a child who was the subject of a photobook of…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Internet, Scientists, Science Instruction
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Roehrig, Gillian H.; Dubosarsky, Mia; Mason, Annie; Carlson, Stephan; Murphy, Barbara – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2011
Despite many scholars' recommendations, science is often avoided during early childhood education. Among the reasons provided by early childhood teachers for the exclusion of science from their daily routines included science anxiety, low self-efficacy with respect to teaching science, lack of experience participating in science activities as…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Scientific Attitudes, Self Efficacy, American Indians
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Hsin, Ching-Ting; Wu, Hsin-Kai – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2011
The purposes of this study are to examine young children's explanations of floating and sinking and to investigate how scaffolding strategies provided by a tutor could promote their scientific understandings. Fifteen 4-year-olds and fifteen 5-year-olds from a public kindergarten in northern Taiwan participated in this study. The children were…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Intervention, Teacher Role, Young Children
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Bers, Marina U. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2007
This paper presents Project InterActions, a series of 5-week workshops in which very young learners (4- to 7-year-old children) and their parents come together to build and program a personally meaningful robotic project in the context of a multigenerational robotics-based community of practice. The goal of these family workshops is to teach both…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Workshops, Robotics, Young Children