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diSessa, Andrea A.; Friedman, Jeffrey S. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1999
Describes a method of designing educational technology that is strongly informed by empirical studies of how students actually understand and use technology. Discusses what students need to know about software. (Author/CCM)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Strategies
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Sadler, Philip M.; Whitney, Charles A.; Shore, Linda; Deutsch, Freeman – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1999
Describes Wavemaker, a simulation environment developed to graphically reveal the behavior of periodic systems using a series of increasingly sophisticated visual tools. Results indicate that the software is helpful in connecting real to simulated systems. (Author/CCM)
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Mechanics (Physics)
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Meadows, George; Wiesenmayer, Randall L. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1999
Presents some of the misconceptions school-age children have about issues related to global warming/global climatic change. Discusses strategies for mitigation. (Author/CCM)
Descriptors: Climate Change, Cognitive Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Global Warming
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Hodson, Derek – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1999
Identifies the social dimensions of learning. Advocates a teaching approach that is sensitive to the various barriers encountered by a diverse body of students seeking to negotiate access into the subculture of school science. (Author/CCM)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Secondary Education, Inquiry
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Reif-Lehrer, Liane – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1992
Author explains that good communication skills require the following: an understanding of the audience and subtle interactions between writer and reader, organization skills, and certain basic communication skills. The task of writing a grant proposal in response to a specific set of instructions is used to illustrate the analysis and responses…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Expository Writing, Higher Education
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Richards, John; And Others – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1992
Explorer is an interactive environment based on a constructivist epistemology of learning that integrates animated computer models with analytic capabilities for learning science. The system includes graphs, a spreadsheet, scripting, and interactive tools. Two examples involving the dynamics of colliding objects and electric circuits illustrate…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Simulation, Computer Software Evaluation
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Tinker, Robert F. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1992
Analyzes the applicability to mathematics and science education of geographic information systems. Gives examples of possible applications involving aerosol detection in the atmosphere, verification of satellite images, and the Kidnet Project. Sketches out a research agenda and describes needed characteristics of the software when applied to…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology