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Lundegard, Iann; Hamza, Karim M. – Science Education, 2014
This article addresses the problem of treating generalizations of human activity as entities and structures that ultimately explain the activities from which they were initially drawn. This is problematic because it involves a circular reasoning leading to unwarranted claims explaining the originally studied activities of science teaching and…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Research, Generalization, Heuristics
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Sin, Cristina – Science Education, 2014
This paper explores the relationship between epistemology, sociology, and learning and teaching in physics based on an examination of literature from research in science studies, history and philosophy of science, and physics pedagogic research. It reveals a mismatch between the positivist epistemological foundation which seems to underpin the…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Epistemology, Sociology
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Deng, Feng; Chen, Der-Thanq; Tsai, Chin-Chung; Chai, Ching Sing – Science Education, 2011
This review examines 105 empirical studies that investigate students' views of the nature of science (VNOS), effects of curricular interventions on changing students' VNOS, and relations between VNOS and demographics, majors, and learning of science. The reviewed studies can be categorized into three theoretical frameworks: the unidimension, the…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Research Methodology, Scientific Principles, Literature Reviews
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Pedretti, Erminia; Nazir, Joanne – Science Education, 2011
It has been 40 years since science, technology, society, and environment (STSE) education first appeared in science education research and practice. Although supported among many educators worldwide, there is much confusion surrounding the STSE slogan. Widely differing discourses on STSE education and diverse ways of practicing, have led to an…
Descriptors: Science Education, Social Sciences, Technology Education, Environmental Education
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Carter, Lyn – Science Education, 2010
This paper aims to further articulate multicultural science education scholarship. In particular, it explores the notions of borders and border epistemologies as intellectual resources to think again about the challenges of science education in the global world that demand more sophisticated concepts to unravel some of its complexities. It…
Descriptors: Science Education, Multicultural Education, Global Approach, Epistemology
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Mikeska, Jamie N.; Anderson, Charles W.; Schwarz, Christina V. – Science Education, 2009
The elementary science teacher educators in this article set recognize the challenges that new science teachers face when they enter classrooms. They have developed frameworks and strategies aimed at helping the preservice teachers with whom they work become "well-started beginners" who are ready to address problems of science teaching. To do so,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Science Teachers
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Schwarz, Christina – Science Education, 2009
Preservice elementary teachers face many challenges in learning how to teach science effectively, such as engaging students in science, organizing instruction, and developing a productive learning community. This paper reports on several iterative cycles of design-based research aimed at fostering preservice teachers' principled reasoning around…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Educational Technology, Science Teachers
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Howes, Elaine V.; Lim, Miyoun; Campos, Jaclyn – Science Education, 2009
Teaching literacy in inquiry-based science-teaching settings has recently become a focus of research in science education. Because professional scientists' uses of reading, writing, and speaking are foundational to their work, as well as to nonscientists' comprehension of it , it follows that literacy practices should also be central to science…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Literacy Education, Literacy, Science Education
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Laugksch, Rudiger C. – Science Education, 2005
This analysis of research conducted by graduate students at South African universities over the last 70 years is an attempt to identify the foci of South African science education research. Appropriate graduate degrees were systematically identified by interrogating electronic databases and verifying details. Title and abstract were then used to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Science Education, Graduate Study
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Sandoval, William A. – Science Education, 2005
It has long been a goal of science education in the United States that students leave school with a robust understanding of the nature of science. Decades of research show that this does not happen. Inquiry-based instruction is advocated as a means for developing such understanding, although there is scant direct evidence that it does. There is a…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Education, Epistemology, Inquiry
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Rennie, Leonie J.; Johnston, David J. – Science Education, 2004
The last decade has brought considerable progress in our understanding of how institutions like museums affect people's lives. However, there is still a great deal we do not know, and the research challenges ahead sometimes appear quite daunting. In this paper, we suggest that three characteristics of learning, its personal nature, that it is…
Descriptors: Museums, Learning, Educational Research, Research Needs
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Pedretti, Erminia G. – Science Education, 2004
Recently, science centers have created issues-based exhibitions as a way of communicating socioscientific subject matter to the public. Research in the last decade has investigated how critical issues-based installations promote more robust views of science, while creating effective learning environments for teaching and learning "about" science.…
Descriptors: Museums, Science Teaching Centers, Science Education, Exhibits
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Ellenbogen, Kirsten M.; Luke, Jessica J.; Dierking, Lynn D. – Science Education, 2004
Thomas Kuhn's notion of a disciplinary matrix provides a useful framework for investigating the growth of research on family learning in and from museums over the last decade. To track the emergence of this disciplinary matrix we consider three issues. First are shifting theoretical perspectives that result in new shared language, beliefs, values,…
Descriptors: Museums, Educational Research, Family (Sociological Unit), Learning
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Griffin, Janette – Science Education, 2004
This paper surveys research over the past decade on school group visits to museums. By shifting attention to students' views about field trips, to their socially negotiated learning behaviors during field trips and the interaction between learning in the classroom and in the museum, this research has afforded a deeper understanding of the nature…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Museums, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior