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Cofré, Hernán; Núñez, Paola; Santibáñez, David; Pavez, José M.; Valencia, Martina; Vergara, Claudia – Science & Education, 2019
There is widespread agreement that an adequate understanding of the nature of science (NOS) is a critical component of scientific literacy and a major goal in science education. However, we still do not know many specific details regarding how students and teachers learn particular aspects of NOS and what are the most important feature traits of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, Science Teachers
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Hayes, Kathryn N.; Trexler, Cary J. – Science Education, 2016
Many resources have been committed to research on science teaching pedagogies, resulting in a robust understanding of best instructional practices. Yet, exposure to excellent science instruction in elementary school is haphazard at best and often inequitable. Although the research community has attended to the role of teacher traits, such as…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Education, Science Instruction, Predictor Variables
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Boone, William J.; Townsend, J. Scott; Staver, John R. – Science Education, 2016
When collecting data, science education researchers frequently have multiple respondents evaluate multiple artifacts using multiple criteria. Herein, the authors introduce Multifaceted Rasch Measurement (MFRM) analysis and explain why MFRM must be used when "judges'" data are collected. The authors use data from elementary science…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education
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Isozaki, Tetsuo – Science & Education, 2014
In this paper, the author considers the organisation and the recontextualization of "Rika" (School Science) in the second half of the nineteenth century in Japan. In considering developments, the author set up analyses points based on curriculum politics and concluded that the organisation and the recontextualization of "Rika"…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Educational History, Politics of Education
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Kaya, Ebru – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2018
In this review essay I respond to issues raised in Mijung Kim and Wolff-Michael Roth's paper titled "Dialogical argumentation in elementary science classrooms", which presents a study dealing with dialogical argumentation in early elementary school classrooms. Since there is very limited research on lower primary school students'…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Dialogs (Language)
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Parker, Joan; Heywood, David – Science Education, 2013
Opportunities for the development of science-related pedagogy during training are necessarily limited for the generalist primary (elementary), preservice teacher. While school placement is an important context within which to develop such professional expertise, the role of institution-based learning is less well understood in this regard. This…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Reflection
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Otoide, Lorraine – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2017
This article outlines a study of praxis. Inspired by my reading of Jacques Rancière's ("The ignorant schoolmaster: Five lessons in intellectual emancipation", trans. K. Ross, Stanford University Press, Stanford, 1991) influential text, "The Ignorant School Master", I explore the practical applications of his work for teaching…
Descriptors: Praxis, Elementary School Science, Science Education, Equal Education
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Dianovsky, Michael T.; Wink, Donald J. – Science Education, 2012
This paper describes research on the use of journals in a general education chemistry course for elementary education majors. In the journals, students describe their understanding of a topic, the development of that understanding, and how the topic connects to their lives. In the process, they are able to engage in reflection about several…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Prior Learning, Chemistry, Learning Activities
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Falk, Andrew – Science Education, 2012
Formative assessment, assessment used to inform subsequent learning, can have a powerful positive impact on student achievement, but little empirical work has been conducted to investigate the role of teachers' knowledge in its practice. This study investigated reciprocal relations between elementary science teachers' formative assessment…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Professional Development, Video Technology, Science Teachers
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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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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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Sexton, Steven S.; Atkinson, Joy; Goodson, Richard – Science Education International, 2013
Over the past decade, there has been a significant reduction for New Zealand initial teacher education student teachers to experience education through a science context. This paper presents the stories of two graduates from a large New Zealand university and their journeys into the classroom. Richard graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Beginning Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education
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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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Tank, Kristina Maruyama; Coffino, Kara – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2014
Elementary students in grade two make sense of science ideas and knowledge through their contextual experiences. Mattis Lundin and Britt Jakobson find in their research that early grade students have sophisticated understandings of human anatomy and physiology. In order to understand what students' know about human body and various systems,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Context Effect
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