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Furtak, Erin Marie; Penuel, William R. – Science Education, 2019
In recent years, the focus of science education reform has shifted to engaging students in three-dimensional science learning experiences aligned with the National Research Council's (2012) Framework for K-12 Science Education. This movement has been associated with a focus on students participating in science as practice, which represents a…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Science Education, Hands on Science, Vocabulary
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Pleasants, Jacob; Olson, Joanne K. – Science Education, 2019
What is engineering? What do engineers do? How is engineering related to, but distinct from, science? These questions all relate to the nature of engineering (NOE), and as engineering is incorporated into K-12 education across the United States, the NOE is becoming increasingly important for students and teachers. While many policy documents call…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Science Education
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Morales-Doyle, Daniel; Childress Price, Tiffany; Chappell, Mindy J. – Science Education, 2019
This article examines the tensions that arose as teachers, scientists, youth, and community organizers worked to develop a curriculum that was responsive to community concerns and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Within the context of urban heavy metal contamination and building on previous critiques of the standards, we identified…
Descriptors: Science Education, Standards, Curriculum Development, Urban Areas
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Penuel, William R.; Turner, Michael L.; Jacobs, Jennifer K.; Horne, Katie; Sumner, Tamara – Science Education, 2019
The vision for science proficiency presented in "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" calls for significant shifts in both teaching and assessment. In this paper, we describe an effort to develop and validate a set of "proximal transfer tasks" for high school biology classrooms where teachers were implementing a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Guidelines, Elementary Secondary Education
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Roblin, Natalie Pareja; Schunn, Christian; McKenney, Susan – Science Education, 2018
Large investments are made in curriculum materials with the goal of supporting science education reform. However, relatively little evidence is available about what features of curriculum materials really matter to impact student and teacher learning. To address this need, the current study examined curriculum features associated with student and…
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Science Education, Instructional Materials, Outcomes of Education
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Watkins, Jessica; McCormick, Mary; Wendell, Kristen Bethke; Spencer, Kathleen; Milto, Elissa; Portsmore, Merredith; Hammer, David – Science Education, 2018
The national efforts underway to include engineering in K-12 science education present a variety of new challenges, including how to prepare teachers to teach a new discipline. In this paper, we focus on elementary teachers and how they enter into "responsive teaching," in which they closely attend and meaningfully respond to students'…
Descriptors: Engineering, Design, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education
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Jaber, Lama Z.; Dini, Vesal; Hammer, David; Danahy, Ethan – Science Education, 2018
The "Framework for K-12 Science Education" (National Research Council, 2012) outlines eight practices to represent the diverse ways scientists construct and evaluate knowledge. Engaging students in these practices is a key instructional target in the science classroom. This target, however, creates particular challenges for online…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Electronic Learning, Web Based Instruction
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Olitsky, Stacy – Science Education, 2017
This study investigates possibilities for faculty members and teachers to overcome status and professional culture barriers as they engage in partnership work aimed at promoting inquiry-based instruction. It compares the processes and outcomes of several types of professional learning opportunities within a Math and Science Partnership based on…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Inquiry, Partnerships in Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Debarger, Angela Haydel; Penuel, William R.; Moorthy, Savitha; Beauvineau, Yves; Kennedy, Cathleen A.; Boscardin, Christy Kim – Science Education, 2017
In this paper, we investigate the potential and conditions for using curriculum adaptation to support reform of science teaching and learning. With each wave of reform in science education, curriculum has played a central role and the contemporary wave focused on implementation of the principles and vision of the "Framework for K-12 Science…
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Change
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Kuhn, Deanna – Science Education, 2016
Have the Next Generation Science Standards fulfilled a goal of specifying the objectives of precollege science education in clear and exact enough terms to make them readily implementable? Using students' understanding of the concept of a variable as a case in point, the author suggests that the standards, despite their seeming precision and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Elementary Secondary Education, Concept Formation
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Katsh-Singer, Rebecca; McNeill, Katherine L.; Loper, Suzanna – Science Education, 2016
Ensuring all students have opportunities to engage in scientific argumentation is a key goal for K-12 students. While research has shown that teachers' beliefs about argumentation can impact their classroom instruction and that students in low socioeconomic status (SES) schools are less likely to experience challenging science learning, there is…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Persuasive Discourse
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Wilkerson-Jerde, Michelle; Wagh, Aditi; Wilensky, Uri – Science Education, 2015
To successfully integrate simulation and computational methods into K-12 STEM education, learning environments should be designed to help educators maintain balance between (a) addressing curricular content and practices and (b) attending to student knowledge and interests. We describe DeltaTick, a graphical simulation construction interface for…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Computer Simulation, Science Instruction, Educational Technology
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Scogin, Stephen C.; Stuessy, Carol L. – Science Education, 2015
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) call for integrating knowledge and practice in learning experiences in K-12 science education. "PlantingScience" (PS), an ideal curriculum for use as an NGSS model, is a computer-mediated collaborative learning environment intertwining scientific inquiry, classroom instruction, and online…
Descriptors: Mentors, Electronic Learning, Inquiry, Learner Engagement
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Sondergeld, Toni A.; Johnson, Carla C. – Science Education, 2014
With the demand for quality quantitative instruments in the field of science education rising, additional measures of currently unassessed affective variables need to be constructed. In this study, we discuss the survey creation and evaluation process of the STEM Awareness Community Survey (SACS) through an application of Liu's (Liu, X.,…
Descriptors: Science Education, Measurement Techniques, STEM Education, Community Surveys
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Berland, Leema K.; McNeill, Katherine L. – Science Education, 2012
Scientific argumentation and explanation are essential practices of science that have been highlighted as equally important for K-12 science education. However, as Osborne and Patterson (2011) have recently argued, both the term "argument" and "explanation" have multiple, overlapping, meanings, and uses in science education. In this article, the…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Science Education, Science Instruction, Classrooms
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