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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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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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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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Schizas, Dimitrios; Psillos, Dimitris; Stamou, George – Science Education, 2016
The present essay examines the emerging issue of domain-general versus domain-specific nature of science (NOS) understandings from a perspective that illuminates the value of domain-specific philosophies of science for the growth and development of the NOS educational field. Under the assumption that individual sciences do have their own…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts, Physics, Biology
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Tscholl, Michael; Lindgren, Robb – Science Education, 2016
This research investigates the social learning affordances of a room-sized, immersive, and interactive augmented reality simulation environment designed to support children's understanding of basic physics concepts in a science center. Conversations between 97 parent-child pairs were analyzed in relation to categories of talk through which…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Simulated Environment, Scientific Concepts, Physics
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Clark, Douglas B.; Menekse, Muhsin; Ozdemir, Gokhan; D'Angelo, Cynthis M.; Price Schleigh, Sharon – Science Education, 2014
Substantial variation has been observed across an international series of studies examining the consistency of students' explanations of force and the most common meanings of force apparent in those explanations. On the surface, the variations among studies might be attributed to differences at the national level, but the studies also demonstrate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Comparative Analysis
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Roth, Wolff-Michael; Jornet, Alfredo – Science Education, 2014
"Experience" is one of the most used terms in (science) education, and it is recognized as being related to learning (education). Yet "what" experience is and "how" it is related to learning and change remains untheorized. In this paper, we mainly draw on the work of J. Dewey and L. S. Vygotsky but also on M. Bakhtin…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Experience, Philosophy
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Chen, Sufen; Chang, Wen-Hua; Lai, Chih-Hung; Tsai, Cheng-Yue – Science Education, 2014
The purpose of this project was to investigate the effects of virtual versus physical manipulation using a simulation-based laboratory activity (SBL) and a microcomputer-based laboratory activity (MBL). Both the SBL and the MBL used computers to collect, graph, and analyze data. A major difference was that the MBL allowed the students to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Computer Uses in Education, Simulation
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Chen, Ying-Chih; Hand, Brian; McDowell, Leah – Science Education, 2013
This quasi-experimental and pre/posttest study was designed to examine whether fourth-grade students who engaged in collaboratively writing letters to 11th-grade students performed better on tests of conceptual understanding of a unit on force and motion than students who did not. The participants included 835 fourth-grade students and 416…
Descriptors: Quasiexperimental Design, Pretests Posttests, Grade 4, Grade 11
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Parker, Joan; Heywood, David – Science Education, 2013
Opportunities for the development of science-related pedagogy during training are necessarily limited for the generalist primary (elementary), preservice teacher. While school placement is an important context within which to develop such professional expertise, the role of institution-based learning is less well understood in this regard. This…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Reflection
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Hutchison, Paul; Hammer, David – Science Education, 2010
Studies of learning in school settings indicate that many students frame activities in science classes as the production of answers for the teacher or test, rather than as making new sense of the natural world. A case study of an episode from a class taught by the first author demonstrates what productive and unproductive student framing can look…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Epistemology, Science Activities, Case Studies
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Lidar, Malena; Almqvist, Jonas; Ostman, Leif – Science Education, 2010
During the past few decades, researchers from a cognitive science tradition and a sociocultural perspective on learning have discussed how to understand students' conceptions of the earth. In this article, some of the questions discussed in this debate are elaborated in relation to meaning making in educational settings. The aim is to illustrate…
Descriptors: Sociocultural Patterns, Cognitive Psychology, Grade 5, Epistemology
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Fortus, David – Science Education, 2009
Making assumptions is an important step in solving many real-world problems. This study investigated whether participants who could solve well-defined physics problems could also solve a real-world physics problem that involved the need to make assumptions. The participants, who all had at least a BA in physics, were videotaped "thinking aloud"…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Education, Problem Solving, Science Instruction
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Alonzo, Alicia C.; Steedle, Jeffrey T. – Science Education, 2009
Learning progressions are ordered descriptions of students' understanding of a given concept. In this paper, we describe the iterative process of developing a force and motion learning progression and associated assessment items. We report on a pair of studies designed to explore the diagnosis of students' learning progression levels. First, we…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Physics, Motion, Scientific Concepts
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