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Xiang, Lin; Passmore, Cynthia – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2015
There has been increased recognition in the past decades that model-based inquiry (MBI) is a promising approach for cultivating deep understandings by helping students unite phenomena and underlying mechanisms. Although multiple technology tools have been used to improve the effectiveness of MBI, there are not enough detailed examinations of how…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Models, Case Studies
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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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Akpinar, Ercan – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2014
This study investigates the effects of using interactive computer animations based on predict-observe-explain (POE) as a presentation tool on primary school students' understanding of the static electricity concepts. A quasi-experimental pre-test/post-test control group design was utilized in this study. The experiment group consisted of 30…
Descriptors: Animation, Elementary School Science, Computer Uses in Education, Elementary School Students
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Zheng, Binbin; Warschauer, Mark; Hwang, Jin Kyoung; Collins, Penelope – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2014
This year-long, quasi-experimental study investigated the impact of the use of netbook computers and interactive science software on fifth-grade students' science learning processes, academic achievement, and interest in further science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) study within a linguistically diverse school district in…
Descriptors: Quasiexperimental Design, Grade 5, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction
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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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Zucker, Andrew A.; Tinker, Robert; Staudt, Carolyn; Mansfield, Amie; Metcalf, Shari – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2008
The Technology Enhanced Elementary and Middle School Science II project (TEEMSS), funded by the National Science Foundation, produced 15 inquiry-based instructional science units for teaching in grades 3-8. Each unit uses computers and probeware to support students' investigations of real-world phenomena using probes (e.g., for temperature or…
Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Effect Size, Virtual Classrooms, Grade 7
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Neulight, Nina; Kafai, Yasmin B.; Kao, Linda; Foley, Brian; Galas, Cathleen – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2007
This study investigated students' understanding of a virtual infectious disease in relation to their understanding of natural infectious diseases. Two sixth-grade classrooms of students between the ages of 10 and 12 (46 students) took part in a participatory simulation of a virtual infectious disease, which was integrated into their science…
Descriptors: Communicable Diseases, Epidemiology, Science Instruction, Computer Simulation
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Yarnall, Louise; Shechtman, Nicole; Penuel, William R. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2006
A variety of handheld applications and curricular materials have been developed to support inquiry science learning in recent years, but there are few handheld-supported assessment activities available to teachers. In Project WHIRL, researchers from SRI International worked in partnership with teachers from Beaufort County School District (SC) to…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Inquiry, Computer Software, Elementary School Science