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Kang, Hosun; Calabrese Barton, Angela; Tan, Edna; Simpkins, Sandra; Rhee, Hyang-yon; Turner, Chandler – Science Education, 2019
This study explores ways to support girls of color in forming their senses of selves in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) during the middle school years. Guided by social practice theory, we analyzed a large data set of survey responses (n = 1,821) collected at five middle schools in low-income communities across four states in the…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Females, Minority Group Students, STEM Education
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González-Howard, María – Science Education, 2019
Supporting student engagement in science practices requires rethinking how classroom learning occurs, specifically in terms of the interactions that help students build their own knowledge. The types of student-driven exchanges fundamental to the science practice of argumentation differ greatly from traditional classroom interactions. To help…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Network Analysis, Interaction, Persuasive Discourse
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Lee, Hee-Sun; Pallant, Amy; Pryputniewicz, Sarah; Lord, Trudi; Mulholland, Matthew; Liu, Ou Lydia – Science Education, 2019
This paper describes HASbot, an automated text scoring and real-time feedback system designed to support student revision of scientific arguments. Students submit open-ended text responses to explain how their data support claims and how the limitations of their data affect the uncertainty of their explanations. HASbot automatically scores these…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, High School Students, Student Evaluation, Science Education
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Donovan, Brian M.; Semmens, Rob; Keck, Phillip; Brimhall, Elizabeth; Busch, K. C.; Weindling, Monica; Duncan, Alex; Stuhlsatz, Molly; Bracey, Zoë Buck; Bloom, Mark; Kowalski, Susan; Salazar, Brae – Science Education, 2019
When people are exposed to information that leads them to overestimate the actual amount of genetic difference between racial groups, it can augment their racial biases. However, there is apparently no research that explores if the reverse is possible. Does teaching adolescents scientifically accurate information about genetic variation within and…
Descriptors: Genetics, Racial Bias, Adolescents, Adults
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Chen, Ying-Chih; Benus, Matthew J.; Hernandez, Jaclyn – Science Education, 2019
Argumentation is a core practice of science that inherently contains uncertainty. Relatively few studies have examined the role of uncertainty within argumentation and how teachers manage uncertainty leading to conceptual development. This design-based, multiple-case study employed the constant comparative method to analyze 24 videos focused on…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Science Process Skills, Ambiguity (Semantics), Middle School Teachers
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Caspi, Avner; Gorsky, Paul; Nitzani-Hendel, Rakefet; Zacharia, Zacharias; Rosenfeld, Sherman; Berman, Shmuel; Shildhouse, Bruria – Science Education, 2019
On completing middle-school (ninth grade), Israeli students must choose which discipline(s) to major in upon entering high school. This study, grounded in Expectancy-Value Theory (EVT), identified and modeled the factors that contributed to students' academic choices from their own subjective perspectives. We collected qualitative and quantitative…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, High School Students, Grade 9
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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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Bjørkvold, Tuva; Blikstad-Balas, Marte – Science Education, 2018
All scientists depend on both reading and writing to do their scientific work. It is of paramount importance to ensure that students have a relevant repertoire of practices they can employ when facing scientific content inside and outside the school context. The present study reports on students in seventh grade acting as researchers. Over an…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 7, Student Research, Writing Research
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Koomen, Michele Hollingsworth; Rodriguez, Elizabeth; Hoffman, Alissa; Petersen, Cindy; Oberhauser, Karen – Science Education, 2018
This study reports on the process and development of middle school science fair projects inspired by a summer science program of citizen science monitoring (Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project) with their classroom teacher. We gathered and analyzed qualitative data (interviews, focus groups, and project boards). Our analysis revealed three key…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Fairs, Summer Science Programs, Qualitative Research
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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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Pugh, Kevin J.; Bergstrom, Cassendra M.; Spencer, Bryden – Science Education, 2017
Transformative experience refers to learning episodes in which students use ideas from the science classroom to see and experience the world differently in their everyday lives. The construct is defined by three characteristics: (1) motivated use (application of learning in "free-choice" contexts), (2) expansion of perception (seeing…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Multivariate Analysis, Science Curriculum, Science Instruction
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McNeill, Katherine L.; González-Howard, María; Katsh-Singer, Rebecca; Loper, Suzanna – Science Education, 2017
Argumentation, a key epistemic practice in science, engages students in socially constructing knowledge claims using evidence. However, teachers need support in integrating argumentation into classroom instruction. We examined teachers' enactments of an educative science curriculum and their curricular decision making for argumentation. Ten middle…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Curriculum, Persuasive Discourse, Epistemology
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Braaten, Melissa; Sheth, Manali – Science Education, 2017
When teachers engage in forms of science teaching that disrupt the status quo of typical school science practices, they often experience dilemmas as problems of practice that are difficult--or even impossible--to solve. This instrumental case study examines one teacher's efforts to teach science for equity across two contexts: a public middle…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Case Studies, Science Teachers
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Kapon, Suulamit – Science Education, 2017
Learning science involves an ongoing process in which learners construct and reconstruct self-explanations and evaluate their relative soundness. This work coordinates and aligns complementary methodological and theoretical approaches to learning to both unpack sensemaking and better understand the conditions that facilitate it. I conceptualize…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts, Guidelines
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King, Donna; Ritchie, Stephen M.; Sandhu, Maryam; Henderson, Senka; Boland, Ben – Science Education, 2017
Learning science in the middle years can be an emotional experience. In this study, we explored ninth-grade students' discrete emotions expressed during science activities in a 9-week unit on chemistry. Individual student's emotions were analyzed through multiple data sources including classroom videos, interviews, and emotions diaries completed…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Emotional Experience, Science Education, Secondary School Science
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