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Hardahl, Liv Kondrup; Wickman, Per-Olof; Caiman, Cecilia – Science & Education, 2019
This article deals with science content "in the making" and in particular the role of the body in producing scientific phenomena. While accounts of scientists' work have repeatedly demonstrated, how producing phenomena requires immense amounts of time and effort, involving tinkering and manual labor, this is a little empirically studied…
Descriptors: Science Education, Physics, Human Body, Scientific Concepts
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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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Sikorski, Tiffany-Rose – Science & Education, 2019
In the spirit of model revision, researchers continue to refine the notion of a learning progression. Despite many advances in learning progressions research, one key design element has eluded scholarly critique, the upper anchor. Drawing on science education research and studies of science, this essay argues for a shift from the predominant model…
Descriptors: Sequential Learning, Learning Processes, Science Education, Models
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Guy-Gaytán, Candice; Gouvea, Julia S.; Griesemer, Chris; Passmore, Cynthia – Science & Education, 2019
The ability to develop and use models to explain phenomena is a key component of the "Next Generation Science Standards", and without examples of what modeling instruction looks like in the reality of classrooms, it will be difficult for us as a field to understand how to move forward in designing curricula that foreground the practice…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Models, Curriculum Development, Scientific Concepts
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Melo, Énery; Bächtold, Manuel – Science & Education, 2018
This article presents and discusses an innovative pedagogical device designed for training pre-service teachers on the nature of science. We endorse an approach according to which aspects of the nature of science should be explicitly discussed in order to be understood by learners. We identified quantum physics, and more precisely the principles…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher 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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Alameh, Sahar; Abd-El-Khalick, Fouad – Science & Education, 2018
Stemming from the realization of the importance of the role of explanation in the science classroom, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States 2013) call for appropriately supporting students to learn science, argue from evidence, and provide explanations. Despite the ongoing emphasis on explanations in the science classroom, there…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Teaching Methods
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Ampatzidis, Georgios; Ergazaki, Marida – Science & Education, 2018
This article reports on the theoretical output of a design research study, which concerns the design of a learning environment (LE) for helping students challenge the 'balance of nature'-idea and reach an up-to-date understanding about ecosystems' contingency. Our focus is set on whether it is feasible to articulate an empirically tested theory of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Ecology, Natural Resources, Models
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Aguiar, Orlando; Sevian, Hannah; El-Hani, Charbel N. – Science & Education, 2018
In this article, we draw upon the Conceptual Profile Theory to discuss the negotiation of meanings related to the energy concept in an 11th grade physics classroom. This theory is based on the heterogeneity of verbal thinking, that is, on the idea that any individual or society does not represent concepts in a single way. According to this…
Descriptors: Energy, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Santini, Jérôme; Bloor, Tracy; Sensevy, Gérard – Science & Education, 2018
Our research addresses the issue of teaching and learning concepts in science education as an empirical question. We study the process of conceptualization by closely examining the unfolding of classroom lesson sequences. We situate our work within the practice turn line of research on epistemic practices in science education. We also adopt a…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Teacher Effectiveness, Comparative Analysis, Seismology
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Bruguière, Catherine; Perru, Olivier; Charles, Frédéric – Science & Education, 2018
The article examines a number of links between the metaphorical uses of the concept of metamorphosis in literature and the various changes of the meaning of the concept that took place at the beginning of the modern scientific age between the 17th and 19th centuries, a period during which the notion of metamorphosis resurfaced in conflict with…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction
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Lee, Eun Ah; Brown, Matthew J. – Science & Education, 2018
Conducting scientific inquiry is expected to help students make informed decisions; however, how exactly it can help is rarely explained in science education standards. According to classroom studies, inquiry that students conduct in science classes seems to have little effect on their decision-making. Predetermined values play a large role in…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Educational Philosophy
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Wilson, James A. – Science & Education, 2018
This study measured the relationship between student's religion, gender, and propensity for fantasy thinking with the change in belief for paranormal and pseudoscientific subjects following a science and critical thinking course that directly confronted these subjects. Student pre-course endorsement of religious, paranormal, and pseudoscientific…
Descriptors: Beliefs, College Students, Science Instruction, College Science
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Sezen-Barrie, Asli – Science & Education, 2018
Drawn from the cultural-historical theories of knowing and doing science, this article uses the concept of professional vision to explore what scientists and experienced teachers see and articulate as important aspects of climate science practices. The study takes an abductive reasoning approach to analyze scientists' videotaped lectures to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Climate, Science Activities, Educational Practices
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Henriksen, Ellen Karoline; Angell, Carl; Vistnes, Arnt Inge; Bungum, Berit – Science & Education, 2018
Quantum physics describes light as having both particle and wave properties; however, there is no consensus about how to interpret this duality on an ontological level. This article explores how pre-university physics students, while working with learning material focusing on historical-philosophical aspects of quantum physics, interpreted the…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Knowledge Level
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