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Borgerding, Lisa A.; Raven, Sara – Science Education, 2018
Many standards documents and learning progressions recommend evolution learning in elementary grades. Given young children's interest in dinosaurs and other fossils, fossil investigations can provide a rich entry into evolutionary biology for young learners. Educational psychology literature has addressed children's reasoning about foundational…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Summer Programs, Case Studies
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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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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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Barnes, M. Elizabeth; Brownell, Sara E. – Science Education, 2018
Students' religious beliefs and religious cultures have been shown to be the main factors predicting whether they will accept evolution, yet college biology instructors teaching evolution at public institutions often have religious beliefs and cultures that are different from their religious students. This difference in religious beliefs and…
Descriptors: Evolution, Church Related Colleges, Beliefs, Interviews
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Brown, Julie C.; Crippen, Kent J. – Science Education, 2017
Scholars argue that bridging students' backgrounds with canonical science is necessary for students of color by reducing incongruences between home and school and increasing the authenticity of science learning. However, science teachers often struggle with enacting culturally responsive pedagogies (CRP). This paper utilizes data from classroom…
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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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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Luce, Megan R.; Goldman, Shelley; Vea, Tanner – Science Education, 2017
Families play an important role in informal science learning, but they may need supports for engaging in science that is exploratory, inquiry based, and builds on family practices. We designed resources that frame scientific sensemaking as an active and playful process of exploration in which family members are coparticipants. This approach…
Descriptors: Family Role, Informal Education, Science Education, Outdoor Education
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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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Lehrer, Richard; Schauble, Leona – Science Education, 2017
This study describes how students' intuitions about sampling are informed by extended experiences in investigating local ecosystems. Elementary students in a rural/suburban district in the upper midwest spent a year conducting first-hand comparative field studies of nearby ponds, prairies, and forests. At the close of the term, we conducted…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Sampling, Ecology, Intuition
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Samon, Sigal; Levy, Sharona T. – Science Education, 2017
The study explores how a complexity approach empowers science learning. A complexity approach represents systems as many interacting entities. The construct of micro-macro compatibility is introduced, the degree of similarity between behaviors at the micro- and macro-levels of the system. Seventh-grade students' learning about gases was studied…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Systems Approach, Science Education, Secondary School Students
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Knigh-Bardsley Amanda; McNeill, Katherine L. – Science Education, 2016
Despite being identified as an essential scientific practice, argumentation is rarely integrated into instruction. This could be influenced by teachers' pedagogical design capacity (PDC), which considers teaching as a design activity influenced by both instructional resources (such as tools and professional development (PD)) and teacher resources…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Science Process Skills, Persuasive Discourse, Science Education
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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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Brown, Bryan A.; Cooks, Jamal; Cross, Keith – Science Education, 2016
This study used the construct of "lyricism" as an instructional practice to explore the identity connections and cognitive learning potential embedded in instruction in a culturally relevant context. Through a 5-week mixed methods study of students using the principles of lyricism (e.g., metaphor, double entendre, personification,…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Mixed Methods Research, Educational Principles, Figurative Language
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Anderhag, Per; Wickman, Per-Olof; Bergqvist, Kerstin; Jakobson, Britt; Hamza, Karim Mikael; Säljö, Roger – Science Education, 2016
In this paper, we review research on how students' interest in science changes through the primary to secondary school transition. In the literature, the findings generally show that primary students enjoy science but come to lose interest during secondary school. As this claim is based mainly on interview and questionnaire data, that is on…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Student Interests, Secondary School Students, Elementary School Students
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Billingsley, Berry; Brock, Richard; Taber, Keith S.; Riga, Fran – Science Education, 2016
Internationally in secondary schools, lessons are typically taught by subject specialists, raising the question of how to accommodate teaching which bridges the sciences and humanities. This is the first study to look at how students make sense of the teaching they receive in two subjects (science and religious education [RE]) when one subject's…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Scientific Principles, Student Surveys, Fused Curriculum
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