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Tekkumru-Kisa, Miray; Schunn, Christian; Stein, Mary Kay; Reynolds, Bertha – Research in Science Education, 2019
Science education communities around the world have increasingly emphasized engaging students in the disciplinary practices of science as they engage in high levels of reasoning about scientific ideas. Consistently, this is a critical moment in time in the USA as it goes through a new wave of science education reform within the context of Next…
Descriptors: Science Education, Learner Engagement, Logical Thinking, Educational Change
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Romero-Maltrana, Diego; Benitez, Federico; Vera, Francisco; Rivera, Rodrigo – Research in Science Education, 2019
There is an increasing demand in the field of science education for the incorporation of philosophical and sociological aspects that are related to the scientific enterprise in school curricula, to the extent that the incorporation of these aspects is now considered a necessity. Several of these aspects can be categorised within the framework of…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Teaching Methods, Science Education, Science Curriculum
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Solli, Anne; Hillman, Thomas; Mäkitalo, Åsa – Research in Science Education, 2019
In this article, we argue that students' unfolding discourse on socio-scientific issues (SSI) can be fruitfully analyzed by using dialogical theories of language and communication (Bakhtin 1986; Linell 2009). While research in science education often reports on how individual reasoning changes when bringing SSI into the classroom, we argue for the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Thinking Skills, Discourse Analysis
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Taber, Keith S. – Research in Science Education, 2018
Cronbach's alpha is a statistic commonly quoted by authors to demonstrate that tests and scales that have been constructed or adopted for research projects are fit for purpose. Cronbach's alpha is regularly adopted in studies in science education: it was referred to in 69 different papers published in 4 leading science education journals in a…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Science Education, Statistics, Measures (Individuals)
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López-Lozano, L.; Solís, E.; Azcárate, P. – Research in Science Education, 2018
Assessment is one of the key elements in the development of the curriculum since it forms a cycle of interdependence with the other curricular areas (content, methods, etc.). This work presents the changes detected in the conceptions about assessment in science that a sample of 311 prospective primary teachers had before and after a training…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Incidence, Formative Evaluation, Science Curriculum
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Fensham, Peter J. – Research in Science Education, 2016
In the 1960s, major reforms of the curriculum for school science education occurred that set a future for school science education that has been astonishingly robust at seeing off alternatives. This is not to say that there are not a number of good reasons for such alternative futures. The sciences, their relation to the socio-scientific context,…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Curriculum, Educational Change, Educational Trends
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Gilbert, Jane – Research in Science Education, 2016
Since its inception, science education has been the focus of a great many reform attempts. In general, the aim has been to improve science understanding and/or make science study more interesting and/or relevant to a wider range of students. However, these reform attempts have had limited success. This paper argues that this is in part because…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Change, Barriers, Resistance to Change
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Hand, Brian; Cavagnetto, Andy; Chen, Ying-Chih; Park, Soonhye – Research in Science Education, 2016
Given current concerns internationally about student performance in science and the need to shift how science is being learnt in schools, as a community, we need to shift how we approach the issue of learning and teaching in science. In the future, we are going to have to close the gap between how students construct and engage with knowledge in a…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Science Instruction, Educational Methods, Classroom Environment
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Martins, André Ferrer Pinto – Research in Science Education, 2016
The importance of knowledge about science is well established, and it has a long history in the area of science education. More recently, the specialized literature has highlighted the search for consensus in relation to what should be taught in this regard, that is, what should compose the science curricula of elementary and high school levels.…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Science Education, Science Curriculum, Criticism
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van Griethuijsen, Ralf A. L. F.; van Eijck, Michiel W.; Haste, Helen; den Brok, Perry J.; Skinner, Nigel C.; Mansour, Nasser; Savran Gencer, Ayse; BouJaoude, Saouma – Research in Science Education, 2015
International studies have shown that interest in science and technology among primary and secondary school students in Western European countries is low and seems to be decreasing. In many countries outside Europe, and especially in developing countries, interest in science and technology remains strong. As part of the large-scale European Union…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Science Interests, Student Interests
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Haglund, Jesper; Jeppsson, Fredrik; Ahrenberg, Lars – Research in Science Education, 2015
Science education research suggests that our everyday intuitions of motion and interaction of physical objects fit well with how physicists use the term "momentum". Corpus linguistics provides an easily accessible approach to study language in different domains, including everyday language. Analysis of language samples from English text…
Descriptors: Science Education, Motion, Physics, Scientific Concepts
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Dawson, Chris – Research in Science Education, 2014
One important focus for science education researchers over many years has been the attempts to replace students' commonsense and non-scientific explanations of various phenomena by scientific explanations. The approach we adopted almost three decades ago was conceptual mediation, and this was shown to have a considerable level of success with…
Descriptors: Neurosciences, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Executive Function
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Elmesky, Rowhea – Research in Science Education, 2013
This article describes the substance, structure, and rationale of a learning progression in genetics spanning kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12). The learning progression is designed to build a foundation towards understanding protein structure and activity and should be viewed as one possible pathway to understanding concepts of genetics…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Genetics, Biology, Scientific Concepts
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Lowe, David; Newcombe, Peter; Stumpers, Ben – Research in Science Education, 2013
Laboratory experimentation is generally considered central to science-based education. Allowing students to "experience" science through various forms of carefully designed practical work, including experimentation, is often claimed to support their learning and motivate their engagement while fulfilling specific curriculum requirements. However,…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Science Education, Science Laboratories, Science Experiments
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Forbes, Anne; Skamp, Keith – Research in Science Education, 2013
"MyScience" is a primary science education initiative in which being in a community of practice is integral to the learning process. One component of this initiative involves professional scientists interacting with primary school communities which are navigating their way towards sustainable "communities of practice" around the "domain" of…
Descriptors: Scientists, Attitudes, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science
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