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Carlone, Heidi B.; Webb, Angela W.; Archer, Louise; Taylor, Mandy – Science Education, 2015
The close association between science and masculinity has been widely discussed, yet few studies have focused on boys' negotiation with, and participation in, school science. This paper seeks to trouble monolithic notions of the link between science and masculinity, arguing that the "ideal science student" is a classed, racialized, and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Males, Human Body, Masculinity
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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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Zangori, Laura; Forbes, Cory T. – Science Education, 2013
Effectively designed science learning environments revolve around students' sensemaking through the use of evidence to ground explanations about natural phenomena. However, little research has been conducted to investigate elementary teachers' learning to promote students' sensemaking in elementary (K-5) classrooms. The purpose of this…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Case Studies, Evidence
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Chen, Ying-Chih; Hand, Brian; McDowell, Leah – Science Education, 2013
This quasi-experimental and pre/posttest study was designed to examine whether fourth-grade students who engaged in collaboratively writing letters to 11th-grade students performed better on tests of conceptual understanding of a unit on force and motion than students who did not. The participants included 835 fourth-grade students and 416…
Descriptors: Quasiexperimental Design, Pretests Posttests, Grade 4, Grade 11
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Leibham, Mary Beth; Alexander, Joyce M.; Johnson, Kathy E. – Science Education, 2013
Although young children display various types of interests, little is known regarding the potential impact of these interests on subsequent learning and development. Of particular importance is the question of whether or not children's early interests are instrumental in their later academic achievement. The current study fills this gap in the…
Descriptors: Science Interests, Self Concept, Science Achievement, Gender Differences
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Judson, Eugene – Science Education, 2013
In the United States, student achievement results from mathematics and reading are always included in high-stakes accountability calculations. Because of this, it has been argued that other subjects have been minimized due to assessment and accountability policies. In this study, the accountability practices of states were differentiated into…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Students, National Competency Tests, Science Achievement
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Oliveira, Alandeom W.; Akerson, Valarie L.; Colak, Huseyin; Pongsanon, Khemmawadee; Genel, Abdulkadir – Science Education, 2012
This study explores how elementary teachers and students use hedges (tentative words such as "maybe") and boosters (expressions of certainty such as "clearly" and "obviously") during science inquiry discussions. Drawing upon semiotic theory, we examine explicit thematic patterns (semantic meaning relations among science concepts) as well as hidden…
Descriptors: Semantics, Form Classes (Languages), Scientific Principles, Kindergarten
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Ryu, Suna; Sandoval, William A. – Science Education, 2012
The aim of this study was to assess whether and how a sustained instructional focus on argumentation might improve children's understanding and application of key epistemic criteria for scientific arguments. These criteria include the articulation of clear, coherent causal claims, and the explicit justification of such claims with appropriate…
Descriptors: Evidence, Criteria, Persuasive Discourse, Educational Change
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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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Sandoval, William A.; Cam, Aylin – Science Education, 2011
This study investigated children's judgments of the epistemic status of justifications for causal claims. Twenty-six children (14 boys, 12 girls) between the ages of 8 and 10 were asked to help two story characters choose the "best reason" for believing a claim. The reasons included appeals to an authority, to a plausible causal mechanism, or to…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Credibility, Cognitive Processes, Decision Making
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Richmond, Gail; Manokore, Viola – Science Education, 2011
In this paper, we examined data collected as part of a 5-year project designed to foster reform-based urban science teaching through teachers' communities of inquiry. Drawing upon a distributed leadership framework, we analyzed teacher "talk" during professional learning community (PLC) meetings. This analysis yielded five elements:…
Descriptors: Urban Education, Elementary School Science, Grade 1, Grade 4
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Santau, Alexandra O.; Maerten-Rivera, Jaime L.; Huggins, Anne Corinne – Science Education, 2011
As part of a 5-year professional development intervention aimed at improving science and literacy achievement of English language learning (ELL) students in urban elementary schools, this study examined fourth-grade students' science achievement across a 3-year (2005-2008) implementation of our professional development intervention consisting of…
Descriptors: Intervention, Achievement Gains, Second Language Learning, Teacher Workshops
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Harlow, Danielle B.; Swanson, Lauren H.; Nylund-Gibson, Karen; Truxler, Adam – Science Education, 2011
Understanding what children know is paramount to planning effective science instruction; however, in any classroom, the students hold a variety of ideas. Representing these differences in ways that also acknowledge the common trends among students might facilitate the process of differentiation. To exemplify one such possible process of…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Science Instruction, Student Reaction, Age Differences
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Lidar, Malena; Almqvist, Jonas; Ostman, Leif – Science Education, 2010
During the past few decades, researchers from a cognitive science tradition and a sociocultural perspective on learning have discussed how to understand students' conceptions of the earth. In this article, some of the questions discussed in this debate are elaborated in relation to meaning making in educational settings. The aim is to illustrate…
Descriptors: Sociocultural Patterns, Cognitive Psychology, Grade 5, Epistemology
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Judson, Eugene – Science Education, 2010
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires states to measure the adequate yearly progress (AYP) of each public school and local educational agency (LEA) and to hold schools and LEAs accountable for failing to make AYP. Although it is required that science be assessed in at least three grades, the achievement results from science examinations are…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Science Achievement, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs
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