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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