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Lee, Tammy D.; Gail Jones, M.; Chesnutt, Katherine – Research in Science Education, 2019
Complex systems affect every part of our lives from the ecosystems that we inhabit and share with other living organisms to the systems that supply our water (i.e., water cycle). Evaluating events, entities, problems, and systems from multiple perspectives is known as a "systems thinking" approach. New curriculum standards have made…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Water, Ecology, Elementary School Teachers
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Yoon, Jiyoon; Martin, Leisa A. – Research in Science Education, 2019
Previous research studies in early childhood teacher education have indicated that teacher candidates are not adequately prepared to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to teach science to all children including culturally and linguistically diverse students. To address this issue, the researchers provided 31 early childhood teacher…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Culturally Relevant Education
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Liampa, Vasiliki; Malandrakis, George N.; Papadopoulou, Penelope; Pnevmatikos, Dimitrios – Research in Science Education, 2019
This study focused on the development and validation of a three-tier multiple-choice diagnostic instrument about the ecological footprint. Each question in the three-tier test comprised by; (a) the content tier, assessing content knowledge; (b) the reason tier, assessing explanatory knowledge; and (c) the confidence tier that differentiates lack…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Test Validity, Multiple Choice Tests, Ecology
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Ruiz-Gallardo, José Reyes; García Fernández, Beatriz; Mateos Jiménez, Antonio – Research in Science Education, 2019
In this study, we explore the competence of preservice teachers (n = 161) in labelling and creating new cross-sectional human diagrams, based on anatomy knowledge depicted in longitudinal sections. Using educational standards to assess visual literacy and ad hoc open questions, results indicate limited skills for both tasks. However, their…
Descriptors: Visual Literacy, Preservice Teachers, Biology, Science Education
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Tolbert, Sara; Knox, Corey; Salinas, Ivan – Research in Science Education, 2019
In this article, we turn our attention to context-based approaches to science instruction. We studied the effects of changes to a set of secondary science teacher education programs, all of which were redesigned with attention to the Secondary Science Teaching with English Language and Literacy Acquisition (SSTELLA) instructional framework, a…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Activities, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Teachers
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Marzabal, Ainoa; Merino, Cristian; Moreira, Patricia; Delgado, Virginia – Research in Science Education, 2019
One of the core practices of science teachers is the construction of science teaching explanations. These explanations serve to clarify concepts, procedures, facts, ideas, or types of problems, and are aimed at promoting student understanding. The low performance of Chilean science teachers on explanations has led us to incorporate instances in…
Descriptors: Science Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Chemistry
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Krell, Moritz; Walzer, Christine; Hergert, Susann; Krüger, Dirk – Research in Science Education, 2019
As part of their professional competencies, science teachers need an elaborate meta-modelling knowledge as well as modelling skills in order to guide and monitor modelling practices of their students. However, qualitative studies about (pre-service) science teachers' modelling practices are rare. This study provides a category system which is…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Video Technology, Teaching Methods
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Birmingham, Daniel; Smetana, Lara; Coleman, Elizabeth – Research in Science Education, 2019
While a renewed national dialog promotes the importance of science education for future technological and economic viability, students must find science personally relevant to themselves and their communities if the goals set forth in recent reform movements are to be achieved. In this paper, we investigate how incorporating an ecological…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Student Empowerment, Teacher Education
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Lehtinen, Antti; Lehesvuori, Sami; Viiri, Jouni – Research in Science Education, 2019
Recent research has argued that inquiry-based science learning should be guided by providing the learners with support. The research on guidance for inquiry-based learning has concentrated on how providing guidance affects learning through inquiry. How guidance for inquiry-based learning could promote learning about inquiry (e.g. epistemic…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Classroom Communication
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Reinisch, Bianca; Krüger, Dirk – Research in Science Education, 2018
In research on the nature of science, there is a need to investigate the role and status of different scientific knowledge forms. Theories and models are two of the most important knowledge forms within biology and are the focus of this study. During interviews, preservice biology teachers (N = 10) were asked about their understanding of theories…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Biology, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers
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Brauer, Heike; Wilde, Matthias – Research in Science Education, 2018
Learning beliefs influence learning and teaching. For this reason, teachers and teacher educators need to be aware of them. To support students' knowledge construction, teachers must develop appropriate learning and teaching beliefs. Teachers appear to have difficulties when analysing students' learning. This seems to be due to the inability to…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Faculty Development
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Smit, Robbert; Rietz, Florian; Kreis, Annelies – Research in Science Education, 2018
This study focuses on the effects of collaborative lesson planning by science pre-service teachers on their attitudes and knowledge. In our study, 120 pre-service teachers discussed a preparation for a science inquiry lesson in dyads. The teacher with the lesson preparation had the role of the coachee, while the other was the coach. We…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Lesson Plans, Science Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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Dotger, Benjamin; Dotger, Sharon; Masingila, Joanna; Rozelle, Jeffrey; Bearkland, Mary; Binnert, Ashley – Research in Science Education, 2018
Teachers and students struggle with the complexities surrounding the evolution of species and the process of natural selection. This article examines how science teacher candidates (STCs) engage in a clinical simulation that foregrounds two common challenges associated with natural selection--students' understanding of "survival of the…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Simulation
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Gullberg, Annica; Andersson, Kristina; Danielsson, Anna; Scantlebury, Kathryn; Hussénius, Anita – Research in Science Education, 2018
We report how 47 pre-service teachers during their preschool placement in Sweden identify events related to gender and emerging science. We analysed their reflections on the situations with Gee's Discourse analysis. Two dominant discourse models were identified: the Discourse Construare, where pre-service teachers assumed that children have…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, National Curriculum, Sex Stereotypes, Science Education
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Herbert, Sandra; Hobbs, Linda – Research in Science Education, 2018
Primary pre-service teachers (PSTs) in Australia often have low confidence and negative experiences in relation to science and teaching science. This paper reports on pre-post survey data produced by four institutions involved in a multi-institutional project exploring the use of university-school partnerships for primary science teacher…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction
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