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Koster, Edwin; de Regt, Henk W. – Science & Education, 2020
While a conception of science as value free has been dominant since Max Weber defended it in the nineteenth century, recent years have witnessed an emerging consensus that science is not -- and cannot be -- completely free of values. Which values may legitimately influence science, and in which ways, is currently a topic of heated debate in…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Education, Values
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Stieff, Mike; Scopelitis, Stephanie; Lira, Matthew E.; DeSutter, Dane – Science Education, 2016
Representational competence is a primary contributor to student learning in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines and an optimal target for instruction at all educational levels. We describe the design and implementation of a learning activity that uses concrete models to improve students' representational competence and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Education, Chemistry
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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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Öberg, Gunilla; Campbell, Alice – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
There is an urgent need to strengthen undergraduate science students' epistemic knowledge, which requires having the scientists "qua" teachers on board. The divide between scientists' perceptions of science and the perceptions held by those who study science is in this context problematic. Even so, this remains a sorely understudied…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Foreign Countries
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Williams, Ryan J.; Chergosky, Anthony J. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
This article describes various iterations of a Supreme Court simulation that we developed for undergraduate political science classes. We address when simulations should be used to introduce a topic to students, and when simulations should be used to develop students' understanding of a topic after introducing it. In the simulations, we played the…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Simulation, Political Science, Teaching Methods
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Mikell, Ray – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
From 2012 to 2016, American news headlines were dominated at various times by the killing of black men either stopped by police or presumed to be engaging in suspicious activity, and protests that spread through the Internet social media hashtag #blacklivesmatter. In this piece, the author revisits his time in teaching at an historically black…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Teaching Methods, Current Events, Emotional Response
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Fisher, Sarah; Justwan, Florian – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
This article details assignments and lessons created for and tested in research methods courses at two different universities, a large state school and a small liberal arts college. Each assignment or activity utilized scaffolding. Students were asked to push beyond their comfort zone while utilizing concrete and/or creative examples,…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Statistical Analysis, Research Methodology, Assignments
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Martin, Jenny – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2018
This commentary promotes discussion on the imaginary provided by Sanaz Farhangi in her article entitled, "Contribution to activity: a lens for understanding students' potential and agency in physics education" (see EJ1191322). The commentary is concerned with aligning ontological assumptions in research accounts of learning and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Science Education, Physics, Transformative Learning
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Farhangi, Sanaz – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2018
In this paper I argue for using the concept of "contribution" to activity to understand student engagement with science education and its transformational potential in formal settings. Drawing on transformative activist stance, I explain "contribution as how individuals take part in and transform collective practices according to…
Descriptors: Science Education, Physics, Learner Engagement, Transformative Learning
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Murakami, Christopher D.; Siegel, Marcelle A. – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2018
This narrative project used rhizomatic analysis and reflexivity to describe a layered process of responding to a student's identity of non-participation within an undergraduate science classroom. Mapping rhizomes represents an ongoing and experimental process in consciousness. Rhizomatic mapping in educational studies is too often left out of the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Science Instruction, Plants (Botany), Teaching Methods
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Mitchell, Kristina M. W.; Manzo, Whitney Ross – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
Much of existing assessment and instructional design strategies revolve around the use of learning objectives. Learning objectives are used by faculty, by instructional designers, by accreditors, by assessment offices, and by students. But even as the use of learning objectives becomes more widespread, the definition and purpose have remained…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Educational Objectives, Academic Achievement, Correlation
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Henshaw, Alexis Leanna; Meinke, Scott R. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
While data analysis and the related skills of data management and data visualization are important skills for undergraduates in the field of political science, the process of learning these skills can also be used to develop critical thinking, encourage active and collaborative learning, and to apply knowledge gained in the classroom. Drawing on…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Data Analysis, Visualization, Active Learning
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Gal-Ezer, Judith; Trakhtenbrot, Mark – Computer Science Education, 2016
Reduction is one of the key techniques used for problem-solving in computer science. In particular, in the theory of computation and complexity (TCC), mapping and polynomial reductions are used for analysis of decidability and computational complexity of problems, including the core concept of NP-completeness. Reduction is a highly abstract…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Problem Solving, Computation, Difficulty Level
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Pereira de Ataide, Ana Raquel; Greca, Ileana Maria – Science & Education, 2013
The relationship between physics and mathematics is hardly ever presented with sufficient clarity to satisfy either physicists or mathematicians. It is a situation that often leads to misunderstandings that may spread quickly from teacher to student, such as the idea that mathematics is a mere instrument for the physicist. In this paper, we…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Teacher Attitudes, Undergraduate Students, Thermodynamics
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Taheri, Pooya; Robbins, Philip; Maalej, Sirine – Education Sciences, 2020
Langara College, as one of the leading undergraduate institutions in the province of British Columbia (BC), offers the "Applied Science for Engineering" two-year diploma program as well as the "Engineering Transfer" two-semester certificate program. Three project-based courses are offered as part of the two-year diploma program…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Active Learning
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