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Pattison, Scott A.; Dierking, Lynn D. – Science Education, 2019
Fostering interest in science is critical for broadening engagement with science topics, careers, and hobbies. Research suggests that these interests begin to form as early as preschool and have long-term implications for participation and learning. However, scholars have only speculated on the processes that shape interest development at this…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Science Interests, Parent Child Relationship, Low Income Students
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Curran, F. Chris; Kitchin, James – Science Education, 2019
Recent work examining science test performance in the earliest grades of school has demonstrated that science test score gaps by race/ethnicity are apparent as early as kindergarten and that, in a number of cases, the racial/ethnic test score gaps in science are significantly larger than the corresponding gaps in reading or mathematics. This study…
Descriptors: Race, Ethnicity, Scores, Science Instruction
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Zangori, Laura; Forbes, Cory T. – Science Education, 2016
To develop scientific literacy, elementary students should engage in knowledge building of core concepts through scientific practice (Duschl, Schweingruber, & Schouse, 2007). A core scientific practice is engagement in scientific modeling to build conceptual understanding about discipline-specific concepts. Yet scientific modeling remains…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Scientific Literacy, Elementary School Students, Scientific Concepts
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Dickes, Amanda Catherine; Sengupta, Pratim; Farris, Amy Voss; Satabdi, Basu – Science Education, 2016
In this paper, we present a third-grade ecology learning environment that integrates two forms of modeling--embodied modeling and agent-based modeling (ABMs)--through the generation of mathematical representations that are common to both forms of modeling. The term "agent" in the context of ABMs indicates individual computational objects…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Education, Grade 3, Science Process Skills
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Wallace, Carolyn S.; Brooks, Lori – Science Education, 2015
Lack of time for teaching science in traditional classroom placements in the United States has led some science teacher educators to provide practice teaching time for elementary education students in informal science settings. The purposes of this study were to describe the culture of one science methods course taught in conjunction with a K-7…
Descriptors: Science Education, Teacher Educators, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses
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Alexander, Joyce M.; Johnson, Kathy E.; Kelley, Ken – Science Education, 2012
Relations between parental reports of children's interests related to science and opportunities for science learning were examined longitudinally in 192 children between ages 4 and 7 years. Science interests were tracked during 1-year periods (ages 4-5, 5-6, and 6-7) and were more prevalent among boys, particularly prior to age 6 years. Gender…
Descriptors: Childhood Interests, Informal Education, Gender Differences, Science Interests
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Siry, Christina; Ziegler, Gudrun; Max, Charles – Science Education, 2012
This research investigates the interconnectedness of scientific inquiring at the early childhood level, as we explore the discourse-in-interaction processes occurring within small inquiry groups of 5- and 6-year-old children. The rationale behind this research is to explore the nature of science-related discourse, and to that end, this work…
Descriptors: Interaction, Socialization, Young Children, Inquiry
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Larsson, Asa; Hallden, Ola – Science Education, 2010
Conceptual change is often described as a causal process in which changes in an embraced system of beliefs result in a new system of beliefs. Here, it is argued that conceptual change is better understood as an intentional activity with regard to the learner, that is, what the learner is doing when trying to understand something. Children were…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Attitude Change, Context Effect, Children