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Lehrer, Richard; Schauble, Leona – Science Education, 2017
This study describes how students' intuitions about sampling are informed by extended experiences in investigating local ecosystems. Elementary students in a rural/suburban district in the upper midwest spent a year conducting first-hand comparative field studies of nearby ponds, prairies, and forests. At the close of the term, we conducted…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Sampling, Ecology, Intuition
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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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Varelas, Maria; Kane, Justine M.; Wylie, Caitlin Donahue – Science Education, 2011
We focused on young, low-income, African American children in first- to third-grade classrooms where they experienced varied forms of interactive, participatory, and dialogic pedagogy in the context of yearlong, integrated science-literacy instruction. Using conversations that started around children's own science journals, which were an important…
Descriptors: African American Students, African American Children, Classrooms, Literacy
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Varelas, Maria; Pappas, Christine C.; Kane, Justine M.; Arsenault, Amy; Hankes, Jennifer; Cowan, Begona Marnotes – Science Education, 2008
We focus on the concept of matter and explore how young children in urban schools bridge their spontaneous concepts and everyday experiences with scientific concepts introduced to them by children's literature information books and their teacher. The study shows how material artifacts used in a sorting activity became ideational tools--semiotic…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Urban Schools, Interpersonal Communication, Inquiry