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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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McCain, Kevin – Science & Education, 2015
Explaining phenomena is a primary goal of science. Consequently, it is unsurprising that gaining a proper understanding of the nature of explanation is an important goal of science education. In order to properly understand explanation, however, it is not enough to simply consider theories of the nature of explanation. Properly understanding…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts, Science Education, Inferences
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Leung, Jessica Shuk Ching; Wong, Alice Siu Ling; Yung, Benny Hin Wai – Science & Education, 2015
Understandings of nature of science (NOS) are a core component of scientific literacy, and a scientifically literate populace is expected to be able to critically evaluate science in the media. While evidence has remained inconclusive on whether better NOS understandings will lead to critical evaluation of science in the media, this study aimed at…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Attitudes
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Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg – Science & Education, 2015
Carl Erich Correns (1864-1933) is remembered in the annals of science as one of the three botanists who re-discovered Mendel's laws. He can also, however, be regarded as one of the founding figures of classical genetics in Germany. Between 1894 and 1899 he carried out the crossing experiments with corn and peas that led to the re-statement of…
Descriptors: Genetics, Scientific Principles, Scientific Research, Scientific Concepts
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Peacock, Margaret – Science & Education, 2015
The demise of Soviet genetics in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s has stood for many as a prime example of the damage that social and political dogmatism can do when allowed to meddle in the workings of science. In particular, the story of Trofim Lysenko's rise to preeminence and the fall of Mendelian genetics in the Soviet Union has become a lasting…
Descriptors: Genetics, Biology, Scientists, Political Influences
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Leden, Lotta; Hansson, Lena; Redfors, Andreas; Ideland, Malin – Science & Education, 2015
Nature of science (NOS) has for a long time been regarded as a key component in science teaching. Much research has focused on students' and teachers' views of NOS, while less attention has been paid to teachers' perspectives on NOS teaching. This article focuses on in-service science teachers' ways of talking about NOS and NOS teaching, e.g. what…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Discourse Analysis
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Archila, Pablo Antonio – Science & Education, 2015
This article describes the effect of a teaching-learning sequence (TLS) based on the discovery of oxygen in promoting students' argumentation. It examines the written and oral arguments produced by 63 high school students (24 females and 39 males, 16-17 years old) in France during a complete TLS supervised by the same teacher. The data used in…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, High School Students, Written Language
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Lautesse, Philippe; Vila Valls, Adrien; Ferlin, Fabrice; Héraud, Jean-Loup; Chabot, Hugues – Science & Education, 2015
One of the main problems in trying to understand quantum physics is the nature of the referent of quantum theory. This point is addressed in the official French curriculum in upper secondary school. Starting in 2012, after about 20 years of absence, quantum physics has returned to the national program. On the basis of the historical construction…
Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Physics, Secondary School Curriculum, Secondary School Science
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Faria, Cláudia; Guilherme, Elsa; Gaspar, Raquel; Boaventura, Diana – Science & Education, 2015
The activities presented in this paper, which are addressed to elementary school, are focused on the pioneering work of the Portuguese King Carlos I in oceanography and involve the exploration of the exhibits belonging to two different science museums, the Aquarium Vasco da Gama and the Maritime Museum. Students were asked to study fish…
Descriptors: Museums, Science Education History, Science Education, Elementary School Science
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Radtka, Catherine – Science & Education, 2015
This paper examines physics and mathematics textbooks published in France at the end of the 1950s and at the beginning of the 1960s for children aged 11-15 years old. It argues that at this "middle school" level, textbooks contributed to shape cultural representations of both disciplines and their mutual boundaries through their contents…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Textbooks, Educational History
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Karam, Ricardo; Krey, Olaf – Science & Education, 2015
In physics education, equations are commonly seen as calculation tools to solve problems or as concise descriptions of experimental regularities. In physical science, however, equations often play a much more important role associated with the formulation of theories to provide explanations for physical phenomena. In order to overcome this…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Equations (Mathematics), Problem Solving
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Henke, Andreas; Höttecke, Dietmar – Science & Education, 2015
The inclusion of the history and philosophy of science (HPS) in science teaching is widely accepted, but the actual state of implementation in schools is still poor. This article investigates possible reasons for this discrepancy. The demands science teachers associate with HPS-based teaching play an important role, since these determine teachers'…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Teachers, Science History, Philosophy
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Schiffer, Hermann; Guerra, Andreia – Science & Education, 2015
Seeking a historical-philosophical approach to science teaching, narrative texts have been used as pedagogical tools to improve the learning experience of students. A review of the literature of different types of narrative texts and their different rates of effectiveness in science education is presented. This study was developed using the…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science History, Science Instruction, Instructional Materials
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Croft, Michael; de Berg, Kevin – Science & Education, 2014
This paper selects six key alternative conceptions identified in the literature on student understandings of chemical bonding and illustrates how a historical analysis and a textbook analysis can inform these conceptions and lead to recommendations for improving the teaching and learning of chemical bonding at the secondary school level. The…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students, Scientific Concepts, Comprehension
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Jiang, Feng; McComas, William F. – Science & Education, 2014
This study examined the inclusion of nature of science (NOS) in popular science writing to determine whether it could serve supplementary resource for teaching NOS and to evaluate the accuracy of text mining and classification as a viable research tool in science education research. Four groups of documents published from 2001 to 2010 were…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Scientific Principles, Periodicals, Information Retrieval
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