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Chase, Catherine C.; Malkiewich, Laura; Kumar, Aakash S. – Science Education, 2019
A persistent problem in engineering-focused science instruction is the "design--science gap," whereby learners focus on building successful engineering products, instead of focusing on the relevant scientific principles. This research explores (a) whether integrating contrasting cases into engineering activities can impact how deeply…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Instructional Design
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Piqueras, Jesús; Achiam, Marianne – Science Education, 2019
Educators' work is a key element in museums' learning experience, yet knowledge about their professional development is still limited. In this study, we followed three science museum educators' professional growth during collaboration with researchers, with special focus on the introduction of research-based frameworks in their practice. To…
Descriptors: Science Education, Museums, Faculty Development, Science Teachers
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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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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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Meehan, Casey R.; Levy, Brett L. M.; Collet-Gildard, Lauren – Science Education, 2018
Broad misconceptions about global climate change (GCC) could hinder efforts to address this large-scale problem, and curricular materials can play a substantial role in what students learn about GCC. This study examines how U.S. high school textbooks and supplemental curricular materials published between 2007 and 2012 portray the causes,…
Descriptors: Secondary School Curriculum, Climate, Textbooks, Instructional Materials
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Bungum, Berit; Bøe, Maria Vetleseter; Henriksen, Ellen Karoline – Science Education, 2018
Quantum physics challenges our views of the physical world and describes phenomena that cannot be directly observed. The use of language is hence essential in the teaching of quantum physics. With a sociocultural view of learning, we investigate characteristics of preuniversity students' small-group discussions and their potential for enhancing…
Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Group Discussion, Science Achievement, Scientific Literacy
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Wade-Jaimes, Katherine; Demir, Kadir; Qureshi, Azhar – Science Education, 2018
Modeling is considered an important scientific practice, and modeling instruction has the potential to support conceptual change in students in physics. However, when students are not taught how to think about modeling, and how to develop and use models, the learning potential of modeling may be limited. This paper argues that the use and explicit…
Descriptors: Energy Education, High School Students, Physics, Educational Strategies
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Fick, Sarah J. – Science Education, 2018
Science education reforms focus on the integration of three dimensions: disciplinary core ideas (DCIs), scientific and engineering practices (SEPs), and crosscutting concepts (CCCs). While research has examined the role of DCIs and SEPs in teaching and learning, little research has explored how the CCCs might be integrated. This research proposes…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Science Instruction, Class Activities
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Chang, Hsin-Yi – Science Education, 2018
Research has indicated the importance of representational competence for learning science. Issues related to the nature of students' representational competence, such as how they demonstrate representational competence across different domains of science, require investigation. In the present study, four aspects of representational competence…
Descriptors: Competence, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Visualization
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Ibourk, Amal; Williams, Michelle; Opperman, Amanda; Cisterna, Dante; Nazar, Christina Restrepo; Xie, Yiyu – Science Education, 2018
Genetics has become increasingly important in everyday life, a fact that is reflected in state and national science education standards. This study examines the relationship between 474 fifth graders' understandings of the core ideas of "inheritance of traits" and "variation of traits". A confirmatory factor analysis,…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Education, Grade 5, Elementary School Students
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Kapon, Suulamit – Science Education, 2017
Learning science involves an ongoing process in which learners construct and reconstruct self-explanations and evaluate their relative soundness. This work coordinates and aligns complementary methodological and theoretical approaches to learning to both unpack sensemaking and better understand the conditions that facilitate it. I conceptualize…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts, Guidelines
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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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Kuhn, Deanna; Arvidsson, Toi Sin; Lesperance, Rosianne; Corprew, Rainikka – Science Education, 2017
It is now widely accepted, and indeed emphasized in the Next Generation Science Standards, that science education should encompass scientific practice as well as science content. By participating in an intellectual community engaged in the broad range of activities that constitute scientific inquiry, rather than simply mastering isolated science…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Secondary School Science, Problem Based Learning
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Barth-Cohen, Lauren A.; Wittmann, Michael C. – Science Education, 2017
This article presents an empirical analysis of conceptual difficulties encountered and ways students made progress in learning at both individual and group levels in a classroom environment in which the students used an embodied modeling activity to make sense of a specific scientific scenario. The theoretical framework, coordination class theory,…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Earth Science, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Patron, Emelie; Wikman, Susanne; Edfors, Inger; Johansson-Cederblad, Brita; Linder, Cedric – Science Education, 2017
Visual representations are essential for communication and meaning-making in chemistry, and thus the representational practices play a vital role in the teaching and learning of chemistry. One powerful contemporary model of classroom learning, the variation theory of learning, posits that the way an object of learning gets handled is another vital…
Descriptors: Visual Stimuli, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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