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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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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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Randler, Christoph – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2009
Animal species identification is often emphasized as a basic prerequisite for an understanding of ecology because ecological interactions are based on interactions between species at least as it is taught on the school level. Therefore, training identification skills or using identification books seems a worthwhile task in biology education, and…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Animals