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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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Zangori, Laura; Forbes, Cory T. – Science Education, 2016
To develop scientific literacy, elementary students should engage in knowledge building of core concepts through scientific practice (Duschl, Schweingruber, & Schouse, 2007). A core scientific practice is engagement in scientific modeling to build conceptual understanding about discipline-specific concepts. Yet scientific modeling remains…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Scientific Literacy, Elementary School Students, Scientific Concepts
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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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Schuchardt, Anita M.; Schunn, Christian D. – Science Education, 2016
Amid calls for integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (iSTEM) in K-12 education, there is a pressing need to uncover productive methods of integration. Prior research has shown that increasing contextual linkages between science and mathematics is associated with student problem solving and conceptual understanding. However,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction
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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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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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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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Park, Mihwa; Liu, Xiufeng – Science Education, 2016
Energy is one of the most central and richly connected ideas across all science disciplines. The purpose of this study was to develop a measurement instrument for assessing students' understanding of the energy concept within and across different science disciplines. To achieve this goal, the Inter-Disciplinary Energy concept Assessment (IDEA) was…
Descriptors: Energy, Energy Education, Concept Teaching, Scientific Concepts
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Van Schijndel, Tessa J. P.; Raijmakers, Maartje E. J. – Science Education, 2016
The present study fills a gap in existing visitor research by focusing on the preschool age group. The study explores relationships between parent explanation, children's exploratory behavior, and their domain-specific learning in a shadow exhibition. In addition, the effect of a preceding theater show on child and parent behaviors is examined. In…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Correlation, Preschool Children, Nonverbal Communication
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Berland, Leema; Crucet, Kathleen – Science Education, 2016
Science education has long seen an emphasis on supporting students' epistemological understandings of how scientific knowledge is constructed and evaluated with the expectation that these understandings will support the students' own construction and evaluation of scientific knowledge. However, research has shown that this connection does not…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Science Instruction, Student Attitudes, Scientific Concepts
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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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Romine, William L.; Todd, Amber N.; Clark, Travis B. – Science Education, 2016
We developed and validated a new instrument, called "Measuring Concept progressions in Acid-Base chemistry" (MCAB) and used it to better understand the progression of undergraduate students' understandings about acid-base chemistry. Items were developed based on an existing learning progression for acid-base chemistry. We used the Rasch…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Chemistry, Undergraduate Students, Scientific Concepts
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Underwood, Sonia M.; Reyes-Gastelum, David; Cooper, Melanie M. – Science Education, 2015
Longitudinal studies can provide significant insights into how students develop competence in a topic or subject area over time. However, there are many barriers, such as retention of students in the study and the complexity of data analysis, that make these studies rare. Here, we present how a statistical framework, discrete-time survival…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Chemistry, Barriers
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Tenenbaum, Harriet R.; To, Cheryl; Wormald, Daniel; Pegram, Emma – Science Education, 2015
Darwinian evolution is difficult to understand because of conceptual barriers stemming from intuitive ideas. This study examined understanding of evolution in 52 students (M = 14.48 years, SD = 0.89) before and after a guided field trip to a natural history museum and in a comparison group of 18 students (M = 14.17 years, SD = 0.79) who did not…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Evolution, Genetics
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Wind, Stefanie A.; Gale, Jessica D. – Science Education, 2015
Multiple-choice (MC) items that are constructed such that distractors target known misconceptions for a particular domain provide useful diagnostic information about student misconceptions (Herrmann-Abell & DeBoer, 2011, 2014; Sadler, 1998). Item response theory models can be used to examine misconceptions distractor-driven multiple-choice…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Science Tests, Misconceptions, Item Response Theory
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