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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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Peleg, Ran; Baram-Tsabari, Ayelet – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2011
Early exposure to science may have a lifelong effect on children's attitudes towards science and their motivation to learn science in later life. Out-of-class environments can play a significant role in creating favourable attitudes, while contributing to conceptual learning. Educational science theatre is one form of an out-of-class environment,…
Descriptors: Play, Student Attitudes, Learning Motivation, Grade 1
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Danish, Joshua A.; Peppler, Kylie; Phelps, David; Washington, DiAnna – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2011
Research into students' understanding of complex systems typically ignores young children because of misinterpretations of young children's competencies. Furthermore, studies that do recognize young children's competencies tend to focus on what children can do in isolation. As an alternative, we propose an approach to designing for young children…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Computer Software, Child Development
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Akerson, Valarie L.; Buck, Gayle A.; Donnelly, Lisa A.; Nargund-Joshi, Vanashri; Weiland, Ingrid S. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2011
Though research has shown that students do not have adequate understandings of nature of science (NOS) by the time they exit high school, there is also evidence that they have not received NOS instruction that would enable them to develop such understandings. How early is "too early" to teach and learn NOS? Are students, particularly young…
Descriptors: Evidence, Childrens Literature, Scientific Principles, Young Children
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Shamir, Adina; Zion, Michal; Spector_Levi, Ornit – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2008
The main objective of the study reported was to explore the effect on young children's critical thinking of a peer-tutoring training embedded with the metacognitive processes required for problem-based learning and, consequently, for critical thinking. The sample consisted of 90 first- and third-grade pupils (45 pairs) randomly assigned to the…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Problem Based Learning, Young Children