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Madkins, Tia C.; McKinney de Royston, Maxine – Science Education, 2019
Failure to improve achievement in K-12 science for racially minoritized students and students living in poverty continues to challenge the inclusionary rhetoric of "science for all." Science education researchers, teacher educators, and educators must consider the racialized and classed inequalities that continue to limit students'…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Culturally Relevant Education, Minority Group Students, Science Teachers
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Hardahl, Liv Kondrup; Wickman, Per-Olof; Caiman, Cecilia – Science & Education, 2019
This article deals with science content "in the making" and in particular the role of the body in producing scientific phenomena. While accounts of scientists' work have repeatedly demonstrated, how producing phenomena requires immense amounts of time and effort, involving tinkering and manual labor, this is a little empirically studied…
Descriptors: Science Education, Physics, Human Body, Scientific Concepts
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Sikorski, Tiffany-Rose – Science & Education, 2019
In the spirit of model revision, researchers continue to refine the notion of a learning progression. Despite many advances in learning progressions research, one key design element has eluded scholarly critique, the upper anchor. Drawing on science education research and studies of science, this essay argues for a shift from the predominant model…
Descriptors: Sequential Learning, Learning Processes, Science Education, Models
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Guy-Gaytán, Candice; Gouvea, Julia S.; Griesemer, Chris; Passmore, Cynthia – Science & Education, 2019
The ability to develop and use models to explain phenomena is a key component of the "Next Generation Science Standards", and without examples of what modeling instruction looks like in the reality of classrooms, it will be difficult for us as a field to understand how to move forward in designing curricula that foreground the practice…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Models, Curriculum Development, Scientific Concepts
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Park, Wonyong; Yang, Seungran; Song, Jinwoong – Science & Education, 2019
The social reaction to the recent detection of the Higgs boson and gravitational waves provided evidence that public interest in modern physics has reached a high point. Although these modern physics topics are being introduced into the upper secondary physics curricula in a growing number of countries, their potential for teaching various aspects…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Physics, Secondary School Students
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Brock, Richard; Hay, David – Science & Education, 2019
Whilst many science educators, it is reported, associate knowledge with justified true belief (JTB), epistemologists have observed that the JTB model is an incomplete account of knowledge. Moreover, researchers from several fields have argued that developing scientific expertise involves not only the acquisition of knowledge that can be expressed…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Concepts, Learning Strategies
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Smith, Mike U.; Siegel, Harvey – Science & Education, 2019
Can a teacher aim for students to "believe" evolution without indoctrinating them? Recent discussions of indoctrination in evolution education suggest that such teaching must inevitably indoctrinate but is "warranted" in some cases; while science educators concerned about teaching for "belief" argue that such teaching…
Descriptors: Evolution, Beliefs, Science Teachers, Science Education
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Melo, Énery; Bächtold, Manuel – Science & Education, 2018
This article presents and discusses an innovative pedagogical device designed for training pre-service teachers on the nature of science. We endorse an approach according to which aspects of the nature of science should be explicitly discussed in order to be understood by learners. We identified quantum physics, and more precisely the principles…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Aguiar, Orlando; Sevian, Hannah; El-Hani, Charbel N. – Science & Education, 2018
In this article, we draw upon the Conceptual Profile Theory to discuss the negotiation of meanings related to the energy concept in an 11th grade physics classroom. This theory is based on the heterogeneity of verbal thinking, that is, on the idea that any individual or society does not represent concepts in a single way. According to this…
Descriptors: Energy, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Bruguière, Catherine; Perru, Olivier; Charles, Frédéric – Science & Education, 2018
The article examines a number of links between the metaphorical uses of the concept of metamorphosis in literature and the various changes of the meaning of the concept that took place at the beginning of the modern scientific age between the 17th and 19th centuries, a period during which the notion of metamorphosis resurfaced in conflict with…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction
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Brock, Richard – Science & Education, 2018
The conceptualisation of knowledge as justified true belief has been shown to be, at the very least, an incomplete account. One challenge to the justified true belief model arises from the proposition of situations in which a person possesses a belief that is both justified and true which some philosophers intuit should not be classified as…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Attitudes, Epistemology, Concept Formation
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Niss, Martin – Science & Education, 2018
A central goal of physics education is to teach problem-solving competency, but the description of the nature of this competency is somewhat fragmentary and implicit in the literature. The present article uses recent historical scholarship on Arnold Sommerfeld and Enrico Fermi to identify and characterize two positions on the nature of physics…
Descriptors: Physics, Problem Solving, Qualitative Research, College Science
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Williams, Mobolaji – Science & Education, 2018
Physics is often seen as an excellent introduction to science because it allows students to learn not only the laws governing the world around them, but also, through the problems students solve, a way of thinking which is conducive to solving problems outside of physics and even outside of science. In this article, we contest this latter idea and…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Problem Solving
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Tolbert, Sara; Schindel, Alexa; Rodriguez, Alberto J. – Science Education, 2018
In this article, we critically examine what a commitment to equity, diversity, and social justice in science and science education means for our research practices and methods. Using a blend of critical cross-cultural and feminist lenses, we explore relationships of power in our research, specifically in terms of knowledge production,…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Social Justice, Equal Education, Cultural Differences
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Lombard, François; Weiss, Laura – Science & Education, 2018
We will attempt a synthesis from various research perspectives that have analyzed the alterations that knowledge inevitably goes through while percolating into classroom activities. We will try to identify some of their causes and will illustrate them with examples in genetics. First, we will discuss some research on knowledge transformation when…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Educational Research, Genetics, Epistemology
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