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Villanueva, Mary Grace; Hand, Brian; Shelley, Mack; Therrien, William – Research in Science Education, 2019
Various inquiry approaches have been promoted in science classrooms as a way for students to engage in, and have a deeper understanding of scientific discourse. However, there is a paucity of empirical evidence to suggest how children's actions and engagement in these approaches, or "practical epistemologies" (Sandoval, Science Education…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Science Instruction, Surveys, Learner Engagement
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Opitz, S. T.; Neumann, K.; Bernholt, S.; Harms, U. – Research in Science Education, 2019
Energy is considered both as a disciplinary core idea and as a concept cutting across science disciplines. Most previous approaches studied progressing energy understanding in specific disciplinary contexts, while disregarding the relation of understanding across them. Hence, this study provides a systematic analysis of cross-disciplinary energy…
Descriptors: Energy, Scientific Concepts, Biology, Chemistry
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Fazio, Xavier; Gallagher, Tiffany L. – Research in Science Education, 2019
While some students will pursue careers in science, all will engage with multimodal science-based texts. The effective use of language skills is essential to support sense making in science. The purpose of this study was to examine how elementary teachers integrated language within their science instruction, and how their instructional enactments…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Language Skills
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Piliouras, Panagiotis; Plakitsi, Katerina; Seroglou, Fanny; Papantoniou, Georgia – Research in Science Education, 2018
The nature of science (NOS) has become a central goal of science education in many countries. This study refers to a "developmental work research" program, in which four fifth-grade elementary in-service teachers participated. It aimed to improve their understandings of NOS and their abilities to teach it effectively to their students.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Scientific Principles, Faculty Development, Grade 5
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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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Herrlinger, Simone; Höffler, Tim N.; Opfermann, Maria; Leutner, Detlev – Research in Science Education, 2017
Adding pictures to a text is very common in today's education and might be especially beneficial for elementary school children, whose abilities to read and understand pure text have not yet been fully developed. Our study examined whether adding pictures supports learning of a biology text in fourth grade and whether the text modality (spoken or…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Pictorial Stimuli, Teaching Methods
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Nichols, Kim; Burgh, Gilbert; Kennedy, Callie – Research in Science Education, 2017
Developing students' skills to pose and respond to questions and actively engage in inquiry behaviours enables students to problem solve and critically engage with learning and society. The aim of this study was to analyse the impact of providing teachers with an intervention in inquiry pedagogy alongside inquiry science curriculum in comparison…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Professional Development, Intervention, Inquiry
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Seah, Lay Hoon – Research in Science Education, 2016
This study is an attempt to examine the use of linguistic resources by primary science students so as to understand the conceptual and language demands encountered by them when constructing written explanations. The students' written explanations and the instructional language (whole-class discussion and textbook) employed over the topic, the life…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Grade 4, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Meyer, Annika; Klingenberg, Konstantin; Wilde, Matthias – Research in Science Education, 2016
Contact with living animals is an exceptional possibility within biology education to facilitate an intense immersion into the study topic and even allow for a flow experience (Csikszentmihalyi 2000). Further, it might affect the perceptions of the students' basic needs for autonomy and competence and thereby their quality of motivation (Deci and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Grade 5, Biology
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Haglund, Jesper; Jeppsson, Fredrik; Schönborn, Konrad J. – Research in Science Education, 2016
Integration of technology, social learning and scientific models offers pedagogical opportunities for science education. A particularly interesting area is thermal science, where students often struggle with abstract concepts, such as heat. In taking on this conceptual obstacle, we explore how hand-held infrared (IR) visualization technology can…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Photography, Energy, Physics
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Gillies, Robyn M.; Nichols, Kim – Research in Science Education, 2015
Many primary teachers face challenges in teaching inquiry science, often because they believe that they do not have the content knowledge or pedagogical skills to do so. This is a concern given the emphasis attached to teaching science through inquiry where students do not simply learn about science but also do science. This study reports on the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Gulacar, Ozcan; Sinan, Olcay; Bowman, Charles R.; Yildirim, Yetkin – Research in Science Education, 2015
A study is presented that explores how students' knowledge structures, as related to the scientific method, compare at different student ages. A word association test comprised of ten total stimulus words, among them "experiment," "science fair," and "hypothesis," is used to probe the students' knowledge structures.…
Descriptors: Scientific Methodology, Science Education, Word Lists, Stimuli
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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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Bickel, Malte; Strack, Micha; Bögeholz, Susanne – Research in Science Education, 2015
Modern knowledge-based societies, especially their younger members, have largely lost their bonds to farming. However, learning about agriculture and its interrelations with environmental issues may be facilitated by students' individual interests in agriculture. To date, an adequate instrument to investigate agricultural interests has been…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Agriculture, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Yang, Hsiu-Ting; Wang, Kuo-Hua – Research in Science Education, 2014
Improving students scientific explanations is one major goal of science education. Both writing activities and concept mapping are reported as effective strategies for enhancing student learning of science. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a teaching model, named the DCI model, which integrates a Descriptive explanation…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Elementary School Students, Models
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