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Besse, M.; Fragnière, S.; Müller, A.; Piguet, M.; Dubois, L.; Miéville, D.; Schoeb, S.; Schumacher, D. – Science & Education, 2019
This article is about an intervention introducing prehistoric life in primary education. Its objectives were to foster openness and interest for prehistory and archaeology, as well as content knowledge and conceptual learning with a focus on four main facets: basic knowledge about prehistoric life; conceptual learning/change regarding prehistory;…
Descriptors: Archaeology, Workshops, Primary Education, Intervention
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Antink-Meyer, Allison; Brown, Ryan A. – Science & Education, 2019
The inclusion of engineering standards in US science education standards is potentially important because of how limited engineering education for K-12 learners is, despite the ubiquity of engineering in students' lives. However, the majority of learners experience science education throughout their compulsory schooling. If improved engineering…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Literacy, Engineering Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Lindholm, Markus – Science & Education, 2018
Curiosity is a wonder of the human mind. It goes to the heart of modernity, as a driving force for learning, novel insights, and innovation, both for individuals and communities. In societies dependent on science and development, finding out what promotes or hampers curiosity and wonder in school curricula and science education is accordingly…
Descriptors: Science Education, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Preschool Children
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Williams, Cody Tyler; Rudge, David Wÿss – Science & Education, 2016
Science education researchers have long advocated the central role of the nature of science (NOS) for our understanding of scientific literacy. NOS is often interpreted narrowly to refer to a host of epistemological issues associated with the process of science and the limitations of scientific knowledge. Despite its importance, practitioners and…
Descriptors: Science History, Genetics, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction
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Christidou, Vasilia; Bonoti, Fotini; Kontopoulou, Argiro – Science & Education, 2016
This study explores American and Greek primary pupils' visual images of scientists by means of two nonverbal data collection tasks to identify possible convergences and divergences. Specifically, it aims to investigate whether their images of scientists vary according to the data collection instrument used and to gender. To this end, 91…
Descriptors: Scientists, Stereotypes, Elementary School Students, Grade 3
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Park, Jisun; Song, Jinwoong; Abrahams, Ian – Science & Education, 2016
This study explored, from the perspective of intellectual passion developed by Michael Polanyi, the unintended learning that occurred in primary practical science lessons. We use the term "unintended" learning to distinguish it from "intended" learning that appears in teachers' learning objectives. Data were collected using…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Primary Education, Elementary School Science, Science Education
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Burgin, Stephen R.; Alonzo, Jenifer; Hill, Victoria J. – Science & Education, 2016
This article focuses on the impact of a professional play that we developed in order to introduce elementary learners of an urban school to the research of a scientist working at a local university. The play was written in a way that might increase student understandings of the nature of science, scientific inquiry, the identity of scientists, and…
Descriptors: Theater Arts, Drama, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Fouad, Khadija E.; Masters, Heidi; Akerson, Valarie L. – Science & Education, 2015
Science lessons using inquiry only or history of science with inquiry were used for explicit reflective nature of science (NOS) instruction for second-, third-, and fourth-grade students randomly assigned to receive one of the treatments. Students in both groups improved in their understanding of creative NOS, tentative NOS, empirical NOS, and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Science Instruction, Inquiry
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Zangori, Laura; Forbes, Cory T.; Schwarz, Christina V. – Science & Education, 2015
Opportunities to generate model-based explanations are crucial for elementary students, yet are rarely foregrounded in elementary science learning environments despite evidence that early learners can reason from models when provided with scaffolding. We used a quasi-experimental research design to investigate the comparative impact of a scaffold…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Task Analysis, Elementary School Students, Grade 3
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Ergazaki, Marida; Alexaki, Aspa; Papadopoulou, Chrysa; Kalpakiori, Marieleni – Science & Education, 2014
This paper aims at exploring (a) whether preschoolers recognize that offspring share physical traits with their parents due to birth and behavioural ones due to nurture, and (b) whether they seem ready to explain shared physical traits with a "pre-biological" causal model that includes the contribution of both parents and a rudimentary…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Heredity, Genetics, Parents
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Tselfes, Vasilis; Paroussi, Antigoni – Science & Education, 2009
There is, in Greece, an ongoing attempt to breach the boundaries established between the different teaching-learning subjects of compulsory education. In this context, we are interested in exploring to what degree the teaching and learning of ideas from the sciences' "internal life" (Hacking, in: Pickering (ed) "Science as practice…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Foreign Countries
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Manabu, Sumida – Science & Education, 2004
This paper describes life-span development of understanding about pendulum motion and effects of school science. The subjects were 2,766 people ranging from kindergartners up to 88 years senior citizens. The conflict and consensus between children and their parent's understanding of pendulum motion were also analyzed. The kindergartner's…
Descriptors: Physics, Motion, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction