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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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Finkelstein, Carla; Jaber, Lama Z.; Dini, Vesal – Science Education, 2019
This paper focuses on interactions in a science professional development (PD) course in which participating teachers engaged in doing science. Whereas the PD design of this course aligned with research on effective PD practices, we found that these practices did not sufficiently account for the affective and relational dynamics that unfolded in…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Faculty Development, Discourse Analysis
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Thompson, Jessica J.; Hagenah, Sara; McDonald, Scott; Barchenger, Christie – Science Education, 2019
To organize for the improvement of science instruction teachers need opportunities to collaboratively learn from practice, in practice, and to engage in the revision of classroom tools. In this paper, we examine how a professional learning community (PLC), comprised of middle school teachers and researchers, worked on the improvement of Ambitious…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Educational Improvement
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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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Moon, Alena; Gere, Anne Ruggles; Shultz, Ginger V. – Science Education, 2018
Writing is widely recognized as fundamental to the construction and communication of scientific knowledge. Building on this relationship between writing and knowledge construction, writing-to-learn (WTL) activities have shown to be effective in many science classrooms, but have not been widely implemented at the postsecondary level. To address the…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Correlation, Writing (Composition), Science Instruction
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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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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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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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Smetana, Lara K.; Wenner, Julianne; Settlage, John; McCoach, D. Betsy – Science Education, 2016
Science education reform may fall short of its potential to reduce educational disparities if the challenges are interpreted using strictly reductionist approaches. Taking a cue from school effectiveness research and reframing our approach using systems thinking, this study examined school-level variables associated with equitable science…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Achievement, Trust (Psychology), Principals
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Bianchini, Julie A.; Dwyer, Hilary A.; Brenner, Mary E.; Wearly, Alayna J. – Science Education, 2015
We investigated a 2.5-year professional development effort designed to support practicing science and mathematics teachers in understanding equity and enacting equitable practices. Our purpose was to inform the research base on effective equity professional development, toward the goal of better supporting science and mathematics teachers in…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Equal Education
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Enderle, Patrick; Dentzau, Michael; Roseler, Katrina; Southerland, Sherry; Granger, Ellen; Hughes, Roxanne; Golden, Barry; Saka, Yavuz – Science Education, 2014
Following the argument that an explicit focus on teacher thinking is an important outcome for professional development (Capps, Crawford, & Costas, 2012; Desimone, 2009), the research presented here examines the impact of one form of professional development, Research Experiences for Teachers (RETs), has in shaping teachers' beliefs and…
Descriptors: Teacher Researchers, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High Schools
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Allen, Lauren B.; Crowley, Kevin J. – Science Education, 2014
Educators in informal settings can be a key part of the learning experience, yet they are often poorly supported as professionals. This study followed the professional development of museum educators who participated in iterative implementation of a new school trip program focused on climate change. The learner-centered pedagogy, inquiry format,…
Descriptors: Museums, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Field Trips
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Zangori, Laura; Forbes, Cory T. – Science Education, 2014
Elementary science standards emphasize that students should develop conceptual understanding of the characteristics and life cycles of plants (National Research Council, 2012), yet few studies have focused on early learners' reasoning about seed structure and function. The purpose of this study is twofold: to (a) examine third-grade…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Plants (Botany)
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Melville, Wayne; Bartley, Anthony – Science Education, 2013
In this article, we use a narrative methodology to understand the work of three teachers who have constituted identities that have allowed them to challenge the contemporary discourse of science education. We describe how teachers' evolving identities have been constituted through their responses to the discourses and situations of their work and…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Research Methodology, Teacher Attitudes, Self Concept
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