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Grinath, Anna S.; Southerland, Sherry A. – Science Education, 2019
Orchestrating opportunities for students to engage in scientific talk in the classroom is challenging for most teachers and even more so for novice teaching assistants (TAs) who typically instruct introductory science laboratories at the postsecondary level. This study was designed to understand how TA moves are related to instances of scientific…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Biology, College Science
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Reinholz, Daniel L.; Ngai, Courtney; Quan, Gina; Pilgrim, Mary E.; Corbo, Joel C.; Finkelstein, Noah – Science Education, 2019
There is a pressing need to improve the sustainability of educational improvement efforts, but sustainability remains undertheorized in science education. In this article, we draw upon frameworks from organizational culture and sustainability to characterize change within a single undergraduate science department. This in-depth longitudinal case…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Improvement, Sustainability, Undergraduate Study
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Howitt, Susan M.; Wilson, Anna N. – Science Education, 2018
Scientists use judgment in deciding what and how much data to present in publications but science degrees rarely address this issue. Instead, scientific knowledge is presented as certain and students have limited opportunities to use their own judgment in the laboratory. A consequence of this may be that students approach science with a moral…
Descriptors: Ethics, Epistemology, Moral Development, Student Development
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Weinberg, Andrea E.; Trott, Carlie D.; Sample McMeeking, Laura B. – Science Education, 2018
Undergraduate research experiences (UREs) that include interdisciplinary, engagement-oriented, and collaborative experiences have the potential to benefit students in unique ways. Through these innovative experiences, students are able to see the social impact and importance of their work--a factor known to strengthen the academic and career…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, College Science
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Jackson, Phoebe A.; Seiler, Gale – Science Education, 2017
In this study, we present the cases of two latecomers to college science who, unlike most latecomers in their program, successfully persisted to graduation. An analytic framework of figured worlds, cultural models, and identity work is employed to understand the challenges they faced. The dominant cultural models of learning that were reproduced…
Descriptors: College Science, College Students, Identification, Academic Persistence
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Fuselier, Linda C.; Jackson, J. Kasi; Stoiko, Rachel – Science Education, 2016
The nature of science (NOS) as described by education scholars is a critical component of scientific literacy and includes both rational and social aspects taught best in an explicit and reflective manner. NOS is frequently tied to a critical contextual empiricism (CCE) framework for knowledge production. Central to CCE is that objectivity is…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy, College Science, Evolution
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Stieff, Mike; Scopelitis, Stephanie; Lira, Matthew E.; DeSutter, Dane – Science Education, 2016
Representational competence is a primary contributor to student learning in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines and an optimal target for instruction at all educational levels. We describe the design and implementation of a learning activity that uses concrete models to improve students' representational competence and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Education, Chemistry
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Underwood, Sonia M.; Reyes-Gastelum, David; Cooper, Melanie M. – Science Education, 2015
Longitudinal studies can provide significant insights into how students develop competence in a topic or subject area over time. However, there are many barriers, such as retention of students in the study and the complexity of data analysis, that make these studies rare. Here, we present how a statistical framework, discrete-time survival…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Chemistry, Barriers
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Hora, Matthew T. – Science Education, 2015
Detailed accounts of teaching can shed light on the nature and prevalence of active learning, yet common approaches reduce teaching to unidimensional descriptors or binary categorizations. In this paper, I use the instructional systems-of-practice framework and the Teaching Dimensions Observation Protocol (TDOP) to advance an approach to thinking…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Science Instruction, College Science, College Faculty
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Raveendran, Aswathy; Chunawala, Sugra – Science Education, 2015
Several educators have emphasized that students need to understand science as a human endeavor that is not value free. In the exploratory study reported here, we investigated how doctoral students of biology understand the intersection of values and science in the context of genetic determinism. Deterministic research claims have been critiqued…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Biology, Values
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Heddy, Benjamin C.; Sinatra, Gale M. – Science Education, 2013
Teaching and learning about complex scientific content, such as biological evolution, is challenging in part because students have a difficult time seeing the relevance of evolution in their everyday lives. The purpose of this study was to explore the effectiveness of the Teaching for Transformative Experiences in Science (TTES) model (Pugh, 2002)…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Science Instruction, Transformative Learning, Evolution
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Boe, Maria Vetleseter; Henriksen, Ellen Karoline – Science Education, 2013
In response to insufficient participation and female underrepresentation in physics education, this article uses questionnaire data from Norwegian physics students in upper secondary ("N" = 585) and first-year tertiary ("N" = 278) education to characterize the "physics choosers." An expectancy-value perspective is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Science Instruction, Womens Education
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Hay, David B.; Williams, Darren; Stahl, Daniel; Wingate, Richard J. – Science Education, 2013
This paper explores the research perspective of neuroscience by documenting the brain cell (neuron) drawings of undergraduates, trainee scientists, and leading neuroscience researchers in a single research-intensive university. Qualitative analysis, drawing-sorting exercises, and hierarchical cluster analysis are used to answer two related…
Descriptors: Neurosciences, Brain, Freehand Drawing, Expertise
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Wu, Hsin-Kai; Wu, Pai-Hsing; Zhang, Wen-Xin; Hsu, Ying-Shao – Science Education, 2013
Drawing upon the literature in computational modeling, multivariable reasoning, and causal attribution, this study aims at characterizing multivariable reasoning practices in computational modeling and revealing the nature of understanding about multivariable causality. We recruited two freshmen, two sophomores, two juniors, two seniors, four…
Descriptors: College Students, Thinking Skills, Logical Thinking, Semi Structured Interviews
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Olympiou, Georgios; Zacharia, Zacharias C. – Science Education, 2012
This study aimed to investigate the effect of experimenting with physical manipulatives (PM), virtual manipulatives (VM), and a blended combination of PM and VM on undergraduate students' understanding of concepts in the domain of "Light and Color." A pre-post comparison study design was used for the purposes of this study that involved 70…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Science Experiments, Science Laboratories, Chemistry
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