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Oliveira, Alandeom W.; Cook, Kristin – Research in Science Education, 2017
Despite growing recognition of the importance of visual representations to science education, previous research has given attention mostly to verbal modalities of evolution instruction. Visual aspects of classroom learning of evolution are yet to be systematically examined by science educators. The present study attends to this issue by exploring…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Evolution, Visual Stimuli, Teaching Methods
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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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Feille, Kelly K. – Research in Science Education, 2017
This research investigates the professional life histories of upper elementary science teachers who were identified as effective both within the classroom and in the outdoor learning environment (OLE). The narratives of five teachers, collected through semi-structured and open-ended interviews, provided the data for the study. Professional life…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Outdoor Education
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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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Rappa, Natasha Anne; Tang, Kok-Sing – Research in Science Education, 2017
Agency is a construct facilitating our examination of when and how young people extend their own learning across contexts. However, little is known about the role played by adolescent learners' sense of agency. This paper reports two cases of students' agentively employing and developing science literacy practices--one in Singapore and the other…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Adolescents, Scientific Literacy, Foreign Countries
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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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Beerenwinkel, Anne; von Arx, Matthias – Research in Science Education, 2017
For the last three decades, moderate constructivism has become an increasingly prominent perspective in science education. Researchers have defined characteristics of constructivist-oriented science classrooms, but the implementation of such science teaching in daily classroom practice seems difficult. Against this background, we conducted a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Science Instruction, Student Motivation
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Rocksén, Miranda; Olander, Clas – Research in Science Education, 2017
This study explores the concept of link-making in relation to communicative strategies applied in the teaching and studying of biological evolution. The analysis focused on video recordings of 11 lessons on biological evolution conducted in a Swedish 9th grade class of students aged 15 years. It reveals how the teacher and students connected…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 9, Secondary School Science, Evolution
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Hayes, Aneta L.; Mansour, Nasser – Research in Science Education, 2017
Changes in the cultural and linguistic environments of learners are often associated with identity shifts. The aim of this study was to explore what identity shifts occur when science students from Bahraini national schools transition to an international university. The role of two aspects of learner identity--that is, English proficiency and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Science Education
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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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Berge, Maria – Research in Science Education, 2017
We all know that they do it, but what do students laugh "about" when learning science together? Although research has shown that students do use humor when they learn science, the role of humor in science education has received little attention. In this study, undergraduate students' laughter during collaborative work in physics has been…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Physics, Humor, Science Instruction
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Shahali, Edy H. M.; Halim, Lilia; Treagust, David F.; Won, Mihye; Chandrasegaran, A. L. – Research in Science Education, 2017
This study investigated the understanding of science process skills (SPS) of 329 science teachers from 52 primary schools selected by random sampling. The understanding of SPS was measured in terms of conceptual and operational aspects of SPS using an instrument called the "Science Process Skills Questionnaire" (SPSQ) with a Cronbach's…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Process Skills, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Qualifications
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Barak, Miri – Research in Science Education, 2017
Changes in our global world have shifted the skill demands from acquisition of structured knowledge to mastery of skills, often referred to as twenty-first century competencies. Given these changes, a sequential explanatory mixed methods study was undertaken to (a) examine predominant instructional methods and technologies used by teacher…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education, Mixed Methods Research, Teacher Educators
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Lee, Silvia Wen-Yu; Chang, Hsin-Yi; Wu, Hsin-Kai – Research in Science Education, 2017
The aim of this study was to examine the potential impact of the representational characteristics of models and students' educational levels on students' views of scientific models and modeling (VSMM). An online multimedia questionnaire was designed to address three major aspects of VSMM, namely the "nature of models," the "nature…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Grade 11, High School Students, Teaching Models
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