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Tibell, Lena A. E.; Harms, Ute – Science & Education, 2017
Modern evolutionary theory is both a central theory and an integrative framework of the life sciences. This is reflected in the common references to evolution in modern science education curricula and contexts. In fact, evolution is a core idea that is supposed to support biology learning by facilitating the organization of relevant knowledge. In…
Descriptors: Biology, Scientific Concepts, Fundamental Concepts, Evolution
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Fuselier, Linda C.; Jackson, J. Kasi; Stoiko, Rachel – Science Education, 2016
The nature of science (NOS) as described by education scholars is a critical component of scientific literacy and includes both rational and social aspects taught best in an explicit and reflective manner. NOS is frequently tied to a critical contextual empiricism (CCE) framework for knowledge production. Central to CCE is that objectivity is…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, College Science, Evolution
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Schizas, Dimitrios; Psillos, Dimitris; Stamou, George – Science Education, 2016
The present essay examines the emerging issue of domain-general versus domain-specific nature of science (NOS) understandings from a perspective that illuminates the value of domain-specific philosophies of science for the growth and development of the NOS educational field. Under the assumption that individual sciences do have their own…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts, Physics, Biology
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Kampa, Nele; Köller, Olaf – Science Education, 2016
National and international large-scale assessments (LSA) have a major impact on educational systems, which raises fundamental questions about the validity of the measures regarding their internal structure and their relations to relevant covariates. Given its importance, research on the validity of instruments specifically developed for LSA is…
Descriptors: Verbal Ability, Academic Standards, Biology, Literacy
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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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Tripp, Brie; Shortlidge, Erin E. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
An expanded investment in interdisciplinary research has prompted greater demands to integrate knowledge across disciplinary boundaries. "Vision and Change" similarly made interdisciplinary expectations a key competency for undergraduate biology majors; however, we are not yet synchronized on the meaning of interdisciplinarity, making…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Interdisciplinary Approach, Barriers, College Faculty
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Erdmann, Robert M.; Stains, Marilyne – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
Classroom observation protocols can provide an exceedingly rich form of data. However, this is a double-edged sword, as researchers often struggle to take full advantage of the detailed data outputs. In this essay, we introduce a new approach to the analysis of classroom observation data, termed "classroom as genome" (CAG). We illustrate…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Instruction, Biology, Educational Researchers
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Scott, Emily E.; Wenderoth, Mary Pat; Doherty, Jennifer H. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2019
"Vision and Change" challenged biology instructors to develop evidence-based instructional approaches that were grounded in the core concepts and competencies of biology. This call for reform provides an opportunity for new educational tools to be incorporated into biology education. In this essay, we advocate for learning progressions…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students
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Donovan, Brian M. – Science Education, 2015
Even though human racial difference has been a longstanding topic of the school biology curriculum, there is little evidence that contemporary biology textbooks challenge stereotypical racial beliefs that are based in biological thinking. Rather, the modern biology curriculum may be a place where such beliefs about race are perpetuated…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Textbooks, Textbook Content
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Richmond, Marsha L. – Science & Education, 2015
After the rediscovery of Mendel's laws of heredity in 1900, the biologists who began studying heredity, variation, and evolution using the new Mendelian methodology--performing controlled hybrid crosses and statistically analyzing progeny to note the factorial basis of characters--made great progress. By 1910, the validity of Mendelism was…
Descriptors: Females, Heredity, Genetics, Biology
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Smith, Mike U.; Gericke, Niklas M. – Science & Education, 2015
Mendel is an icon in the history of genetics and part of our common culture and modern biology instruction. The aim of this paper is to summarize the place of Mendel in the modern biology classroom. In the present article we will identify key issues that make Mendel relevant in the classroom today. First, we recount some of the historical…
Descriptors: Genetics, Biology, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Science Instruction
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Gasparatou, Renia – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2019
Aragón, Acevedo-Díaz and García-Carmona study prospective biology teachers' understanding of the Nature of Science (NOS). In my comment, I would first like to step back and ask "what it is to understand something", i.e. the sciences. I will turn to a quasi-Wittgensteinian epistemological tradition and suggest that, contrary to our habit…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Educational Philosophy, Biology, Science Instruction
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Pande, Prajakt; Chandrasekharan, Sanjay – Studies in Science Education, 2017
Multiple external representations (MERs) are central to the practice and learning of science, mathematics and engineering, as the phenomena and entities investigated and controlled in these domains are often not available for perception and action. MERs therefore play a twofold constitutive role in reasoning in these domains. Firstly, MERs stand…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Visualization, Imagination, Cognitive Processes
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Jiménez-Aleixandre, María Pilar – Science & Education, 2014
In the last two decades science studies and science education research have shifted from an interest in products (of science or of learning), to an interest in processes and practices. The focus of this paper is on students' engagement in epistemic practices (Kelly in "Teaching scientific inquiry: Recommendations for research and…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Research, Science Process Skills, Epistemology
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Brame, Cynthia J. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
Educational videos have become an important part of higher education, providing an important content-delivery tool in many flipped, blended, and online classes. Effective use of video as an educational tool is enhanced when instructors consider three elements: how to manage cognitive load of the video; how to maximize student engagement with the…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Technology, Video Technology, Teaching Methods
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