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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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Kampourakis, Kostas; Silveira, Patricia; Strasser, Bruno J. – Science Education, 2016
Research suggests that students tend to explain the origin of biological traits in terms of needs or purposes and/or as the direct product of genes, rather than as the outcome of evolutionary and developmental processes. We suggest that in order for students to be able to construct scientific explanations, it is important to clearly and explicitly…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Knowledge Level
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Ummels, Micha H. J.; Kamp, Marcel J. A.; De Kroon, Hans; Boersma, Kerst Th. – Science Education, 2015
In secondary science education, the learning and teaching of coherent conceptual understanding are often problematic. Context-based education has been proposed as a partial solution to this problem. This study aims to gain insight into the development of conceptual coherence and how context-embedded learning-teaching activities (LT) can promote…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Biology
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Won, Mihye; Yoon, Heojeong; Treagust, David F. – Science Education, 2014
The purpose of this study was to understand how students utilized multiple representations to learn and explain science concepts, in this case the human breathing mechanism. The study was conducted with Grade 11 students in a human biology class. Semistructured interviews and a two-tier diagnostic test were administered to evaluate students'…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Grade 11, Biology
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Williams, Michelle; DeBarger, Angela Haydel; Montgomery, Beronda L.; Zhou, Xuechun; Tate, Erika – Science Education, 2012
This study examines students' understanding of the normative connections between key concepts of cell division, including both mitosis and meiosis, and underlying biological principles that are critical for an in-depth understanding of genetic inheritance. Using a structural equation modeling method, we examine middle school students'…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Genetics, Middle School Students, Structural Equation Models
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Zimmerman, Heather Toomey; Reeve, Suzanne; Bell, Philip – Science Education, 2010
In this paper, we examine the interactional ways that families make meaning from biological exhibits during a visit to an interactive science center. To understand the museum visits from the perspectives of the families, we use ethnographic and discourse analytic methods, including pre- and postvisit interviews, videotaped observations of the…
Descriptors: Museums, Exhibits, Biology, Comprehension
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Jaipal, Kamini – Science Education, 2010
The teaching of science is a complex process, involving the use of multiple modalities. This paper illustrates the potential of a multimodal semiotics discourse analysis framework to illuminate meaning-making possibilities during the teaching of a science concept. A multimodal semiotics analytical framework is developed and used to (1) analyze the…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Biology, Grade 11, Science Instruction
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Venville, Grady; Gribble, Susan J.; Donovan, Jennifer – Science Education, 2005
This research examined 9- to 15-year-old children's understandings about basic genetics concepts and how they integrated those understandings with their broader theories of biology. A cross-sectional case study method was used to explore the students' (n = 90) understandings of basic inheritance and molecular genetics concepts such as gene and…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Genetics, Preadolescents, Adolescents
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Palmer, David H. – Science Education, 1999
Describes a study that investigated whether scientific and nonscientific understandings in the same content area are linked. Finds that students' (n=107) explanations indicate that they were using an "if-then" type of reasoning which linked scientific and nonscientific conceptions. Contains 39 references. (Author/WRM)
Descriptors: Biology, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Structures, Elementary Secondary Education
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Hewson, Peter W.; Tabachnick, B. Robert; Zeichner, Kenneth M.; Blomker, Kathryn B.; Meyer, Helen; Lemberger, John; Marion, Robin; Park, Hyun-Ju; Toolin, Regina – Science Education, 1999
Introduces an issue that details a complex study of a science-teacher-education program whose goal was to graduate teachers who held conceptual change conceptions of teaching science and were disposed to put them into practice. Presents a conceptual framework for science-teacher education, and describes the context and major questions of the…
Descriptors: Action Research, Biology, Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Secondary Education
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Hewson, Peter W.; Tabachnick, B. Robert; Zeichner, Kenneth M.; Lemberger, John – Science Education, 1999
Summarizes a complex study of a science-teacher-education program whose goal was to graduate teachers who held conceptual change conceptions of teaching science and were disposed to put hem into practice. Concludes that there are influences on prospective teachers from their content coursework that have significant implications for how they view…
Descriptors: Action Research, Biology, Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Secondary Education
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Tamir, Pinchas; Zohar, Anat – Science Education, 1991
Reports on interviews with 28 high school biology students in Jerusalem concerning teleological and anthropomorphic formulations and reasoning. Results indicate acceptance of anthropomorphic formulations does not imply a prevalence of anthropomorphic reasoning. Most high school students can distinguish between anthropomorphic formulations and…
Descriptors: Biology, Concept Formation, Educational Research, Foreign Countries
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Brumby, Margaret N. – Science Education, 1984
Examined Australian medical school students' (N=150) conceptual frameworks and reasoning patterns related to natural selection. Results indicate that the majority believed that evolutionary changes occur as a result of need. Implications related to student learning and to science and medical education are considered. (JN)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Concept Formation, Evolution
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Gess-Newsome, Julie; Lederman, Norman G. – Science Education, 1993
Reports a study of 10 preservice biology teachers' subject matter structure (SMS). Using qualitative methods, the researchers sought to discover the nature and source of the SMS, the stability, and the relationship to the act of teaching. Among the conclusions are that these preservice teachers do not appear cognizant of their SMSs and that the…
Descriptors: Biology, Education Majors, Educational Research, Preservice Teacher Education
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