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Ibourk, Amal; Williams, Michelle; Opperman, Amanda; Cisterna, Dante; Nazar, Christina Restrepo; Xie, Yiyu – Science Education, 2018
Genetics has become increasingly important in everyday life, a fact that is reflected in state and national science education standards. This study examines the relationship between 474 fifth graders' understandings of the core ideas of "inheritance of traits" and "variation of traits". A confirmatory factor analysis,…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Education, Grade 5, Elementary School Students
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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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Meyer, Xenia S.; Crawford, Barbara A. – Science Education, 2015
This study investigated how student participation in an authentic scientific investigation may shape underrepresented students' views of science and support students in learning science. The research centered on the instructional approach used in a fifth-grade classroom to engage English language learning students from Latino backgrounds in a…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Inquiry, Active Learning, Science Instruction
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Basten, Melanie; Meyer-Ahrens, Inga; Fries, Stefan; Wilde, Matthias – Science Education, 2014
Field trips can provide unique opportunities for authentic, meaningful, and self-determined learning. Capitalizing on these opportunities requires that field trips be structured. A common way to do this is through the use of educational materials such as worksheets. The extent to which the guide's or teacher's autonomy-supportive or…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Recreational Facilities
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Bathgate, Meghan E.; Schunn, Christian D.; Correnti, Richard – Science Education, 2014
Understanding the features of science learning experiences that organize and motivate children at early ages can help educators and researchers find ways to ignite interest to support future passion and learning in the sciences at a time when children's motivation is declining. Using a sample of 252 fifth-and sixth-grade students, we…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Student Motivation, Grade 5
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Lyon, Edward G.; Bunch, George C.; Shaw, Jerome M. – Science Education, 2012
Science performance assessments (SPAs) are designed to elicit a wider range of scientific knowledge and abilities than ordinarily measured by more traditional paper-and-pencil tests. To engage in SPAs and thus demonstrate abilities such as scientific inquiry, students must interact with various participants and communicate in a variety of ways.…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Performance Based Assessment, Performance Tests, Language Role
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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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Maerten-Rivera, Jaime; Myers, Nicholas; Lee, Okhee; Penfield, Randall – Science Education, 2010
This study examined both student and school predictors of science achievement as measured by a high-stakes state test. The study involved 23,854 fifth-grade students from 198 elementary schools in a large urban school district with a diverse student population. Multilevel modeling was conducted to examine both student and school predictors…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Elementary School Science, Science Achievement, Mathematics Achievement
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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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Gotwals, Amelia Wenk; Songer, Nancy Butler – Science Education, 2010
Being able to make claims about what students know and can do in science involves gathering systematic evidence of students' knowledge and abilities. This paper describes an assessment system designed to elicit information from students at many placements along developmental trajectories and demonstrates how this system was used to gather…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Ecology, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Processes
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McDonald, Scott; Songer, Nancy Butler – Science Education, 2008
Translating written curricular materials into rich, complex, learning environments is an undertheorized area in science education. This study examines two critical cases of teachers enacting a technology-rich curriculum focused on the development of complex reasoning around biodiversity for fifth graders. Two elements emerged that significantly…
Descriptors: Biodiversity, Science Teachers, Science Education, Curriculum
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Norris, Stephen P.; Phillips, Linda M.; Smith, Martha L.; Guilbert, Sandra M.; Stange, Donita M.; Baker, Jeff J.; Weber, Andrea C. – Science Education, 2008
This paper describes a comprehensive set of studies designed to assess the potential for commercial reading programs to teach reading in science. Specific questions focus on the proportion of selections in the programs that contain science and the amount of science that is in those selections, on the genres in which the science is portrayed, on…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Reading Programs, Program Effectiveness, Literary Genres
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Brown, Bryan A.; Spang, Eliza – Science Education, 2008
This research project explores the language practices that emerged as a teacher taught a lesson designed to promote science literacy development for traditionally underrepresented students. This ethnographic study of a Detroit, Michigan, school examined the teacher's use of science language and its influence on students' use of science language.…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Discourse Analysis, Scientific Literacy, Minority Groups
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