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Farris, Amy Voss; Dickes, Amanda C.; Sengupta, Pratim – Science & Education, 2019
Studies of scientific practice demonstrate that the development of scientific models is an enactive and emergent process (e.g., Pickering 1995; Chandrasekharan and Nersessian 2017). Scientists make meaning through processes such as perspective taking, finding patterns, and following intuitions. In this paper, we focus on how a group of fourth…
Descriptors: Measurement, Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Models
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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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Na, Jiyeon; Song, Jinwoong – Science & Education, 2014
The purposes of this study were, based on John Dewey's ideas on experience, to examine how primary students used their own everyday experience and were affected by own and others' experience in science discourse, and to illuminate the implications of experience in science education. To do these, science discourses by a group of six…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Experience, Science Education, Grade 4
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Alpaslan, Mustafa; Isiksal, Mine; Haser, Çigdem – Science & Education, 2014
This study examined pre-service mathematics teachers' knowledge of history of mathematics and their attitudes and beliefs towards using history of mathematics in mathematics education based on year level in teacher education program and gender. The sample included 1,593 freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior pre-service middle school (grades 4-8)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Attitudes