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Dickes, Amanda Catherine; Sengupta, Pratim – Research in Science Education, 2013
In this paper, we investigate how elementary school students develop multi-level explanations of population dynamics in a simple predator-prey ecosystem, through scaffolded interactions with a multi-agent-based computational model (MABM). The term "agent" in an MABM indicates individual computational objects or actors (e.g., cars), and these…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Elementary School Science, Scientific Concepts
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Dentzau, Michael W. – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2014
This commentary seeks to expand the dialogue on place-based science education presented in Katie Lynn Brkich's article, where the connections fifth grade students make between their formal earth science curriculum and their lived experiences are highlighted. The disconnect between the curriculum the students are offered and their immediate…
Descriptors: Place Based Education, Science Education, Elementary School Science, Grade 5
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Brkich, Katie Lynn – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2014
Earth science education, as it is traditionally taught, involves presenting concepts such as weathering, erosion, and deposition using relatively well-known examples--the Grand Canyon, beach erosion, and others. However, these examples--which resonate well with middle- and upper-class students--ill-serve students of poverty attending urban schools…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Earth Science, Teaching Methods
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Institute of Education Sciences, 2018
IES is the primary research, evaluation, and statistics arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Established through the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA), the Institute's mission is to expand fundamental knowledge and understanding of education and to provide education leaders and practitioners, parents and students, researchers, and…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Grants, Financial Support, Institutional Mission
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Falloon, Garry; Trewern, Ann – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2013
The concept of partnerships between schools and practicing scientists came to prominence in the United States in the mid 1980s. The call by government for greater private sector involvement in education to raise standards in science achievement saw a variety of programmes developed, ranging from short-term sponsorships through to longer-term,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Achievement, Science Education, Scientists
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Turcotte, Sandrine – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2012
This article describes in detail a conversation analysis of conceptual change in a computer-supported collaborative learning environment. Conceptual change is an essential learning process in science education that has yet to be fully understood. While many models and theories have been developed over the last three decades, empirical data to…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Inquiry, Concept Formation, Science Education
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Maschietto, Michela – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2015
This paper presents the analysis of two teaching experiments carried out in the context of the mathematics laboratory in a primary school (grades 3 and 4) with the use of the pascaline Zero + 1, an arithmetical machine. The teaching experiments are analysed by coordinating two theoretical frameworks, i.e. the instrumental approach and the Theory…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 3, Grade 4
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Morrison, Judith A. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2014
The impact of a professional development experience involving scientists and fourth to eighth grade teachers of science was explored. Teachers attended a summer program at a research facility where they had various experiences such as job shadowing and interviewing scientists. They also participated in authentic inquiry investigations and planned…
Descriptors: Scientists, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Summer Programs