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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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Gomes, Judith; Fleer, Marilyn – Research in Science Education, 2019
There are a growing number of studies that have examined science learning for preschool children. Some research has looked into children's home experiences and some has focused on transition, practices, routines, and traditions in preschool contexts. However, little attention has been directed to the relationship between children's learning…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Science Education, Learning Experience
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Fleer, Marilyn – Research in Science Education, 2019
Eminent scientists, like Einstein, worked with theoretical contradiction, thought experiments, mental models and visualisation--all characteristics of children's play. Supporting children's play is a strength of early childhood teachers. Promising research shows a link between imagination in science and imagination in play. A case study of 3…
Descriptors: Play, Science Instruction, Young Children, Imagination
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Merritt, Eileen G.; Chiu, Jennie; Peters-Burton, Erin; Bell, Randy – Research in Science Education, 2018
The Next-Generation Science Standards (NGSS) challenge primary teachers and students to work and think like scientists and engineers as they strive to understand complex concepts. Teachers and teacher educators can leverage what is already known about inquiry teaching as they plan instruction to help students meet the new standards. This…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students
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Bradbury, Leslie U.; Wilson, Rachel E.; Brookshire, Laura E. – Research in Science Education, 2018
In this self-study, two science educators partnered with two elementary teachers to plan, implement, and reflect on a unit taught in second grade classrooms that integrated science and language arts. The researchers hoped to increase their pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) for elementary science teaching so that they might use their experiences…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Science Instruction
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Impedovo, Maria Antonietta; Delserieys-Pedregosa, Alice; Jégou, Corinne; Ravanis, Konstantinos – Research in Science Education, 2017
The paper is set in socio-material farming to offer a way of conceptualising actions and interactions of children in preschool involved in the understanding of scientific concepts. A model of early science education about the physical phenomena of shadow formation is implemented in group work in a French context. The research involved 44 children…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Literacy
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Malleus, Elina; Kikas, Eve; Marken, Tiivi – Research in Science Education, 2017
The purpose of this research was to explore children's understandings of everyday, synthetic and scientific concepts to enable a description of how abstract, verbally taught material relates to previous experience-based knowledge and the consistency of understanding about cloud formation. This study examined the conceptual understandings of cloud…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Kindergarten, Grade 2
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Saçkes, Mesut; Trundle, Kathy Cabe – Research in Science Education, 2017
This longitudinal study examined the role of metaconceptual awareness in the change and the durability of preservice teachers' conceptual understandings over the course of several months. Sixteen preservice early childhood teachers participated in the study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to reveal the participants' conceptual…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Metacognition, Preservice Teachers, Concept Formation
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Chen, Ying-Chih; Hand, Brian; Norton-Meier, Lori – Research in Science Education, 2017
The purpose of this study was to investigate the various roles that early elementary teachers adopt when questioning, to scaffold dialogic interaction and students' cognitive responses for argumentative practices over time. Teacher questioning is a pivotal contributing factor that shapes the role teachers play in promoting dialogic interaction in…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Role, Questioning Techniques, Elementary School Science
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Walan, Susanne; Mc Ewen, Birgitta – Research in Science Education, 2017
Inquiry- and context-based teaching strategies have been proven to stimulate and motivate students' interests in learning science. In this study, 12 teachers reflected on these strategies after using them in primary schools. The teachers participated in a continuous professional development (CPD) programme. During the programme, they were also…
Descriptors: Primary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Forbes, Anne; Skamp, Keith – Research in Science Education, 2016
"MyScience" is a primary science education initiative in which being in a community of practice is integral to the learning process. In this initiative, stakeholder groups--primary teachers, primary students and mentors--interact around the "domain" of "investigating scientifically". This paper builds on three earlier…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Participation, Student Participation, Communities of Practice
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Herakleioti, Evagelia; Pantidos, Panagiotis – Research in Science Education, 2016
This paper begins with the view that the generation of meaning is a multimodal process. Props, drawings, graphs, gestures, as well as speech and written text are all mediators through which students construct new knowledge. Each semiotic context makes a unique contribution to the conceptualization of scientific entities. The human body, in…
Descriptors: Human Body, Young Children, Kindergarten, Scientific Concepts
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Opitz, Sebastian T.; Harms, Ute; Neumann, Knut; Kowalzik, Kristin; Frank, Arne – Research in Science Education, 2015
Energy is considered both a core idea and a crosscutting concept in science education. A thorough understanding of the energy concept is thought to help students learn about other (related) concepts within and across science subjects, thereby fostering scientific literacy. This study investigates students' progression in understanding the energy…
Descriptors: Energy, Scientific Concepts, Science Education, Concept Formation
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Deniz, Hasan; Adibelli, Elif – Research in Science Education, 2015
The main purpose of this study was to explore the factors mediating the translation of second grade teachers' nature of science (NOS) views into classroom practice after completing a graduate level NOS course. Four second grade in-service elementary teachers comprised the sample of this study. Data were collected from several sources during the…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles
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