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Cunningham, Christine M.; Kelly, Gregory J. – Science Education, 2017
Engineering offers new educational opportunities for students, yet also poses challenges about how to conceptualize the disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices of the disciplinary fields of engineering. In this paper, we draw from empirical studies of engineering in professional and school settings to…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Engineering Education, Curriculum Development, Teacher Education
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Stroupe, David – Science Education, 2017
This multicase study examines how three teachers enacting ambitious instruction purposefully designed and used their classroom as a "place of science" in which students participated in disciplinary practices. A place of science is a location that shapes the norms, values, and history of disciplinary practices. Each participant's…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Student Participation, Classroom Techniques
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McNeill, Katherine L.; González-Howard, María; Katsh-Singer, Rebecca; Loper, Suzanna – Science Education, 2017
Argumentation, a key epistemic practice in science, engages students in socially constructing knowledge claims using evidence. However, teachers need support in integrating argumentation into classroom instruction. We examined teachers' enactments of an educative science curriculum and their curricular decision making for argumentation. Ten middle…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Curriculum, Persuasive Discourse, Epistemology
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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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Hutner, Todd L.; Markman, Arthur B. – Science Education, 2016
Research on science teacher cognition is important as findings from this research can be used to improve teacher training, leading to improved classroom practice. Previous research has often relied on two underlying assumptions: Cognition is an individual process, and these processes are detailed and introspective. In this paper, we put forth a…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Schemata (Cognition), Models
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Kampa, Nele; Köller, Olaf – Science Education, 2016
National and international large-scale assessments (LSA) have a major impact on educational systems, which raises fundamental questions about the validity of the measures regarding their internal structure and their relations to relevant covariates. Given its importance, research on the validity of instruments specifically developed for LSA is…
Descriptors: Verbal Ability, Academic Standards, Biology, Literacy
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Salter, Irene Y.; Atkins, Leslie J. – Science Education, 2014
We teach a course for elementary education undergraduates that gives students an opportunity to conduct open-ended scientific inquiry and pursue their own scientific questions in much the same way that practicing research scientists do. In this study, we compared what our students say declaratively about the nature of science (NOS) in surveys and…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Elementary School Teachers, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes
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Vazquez-Bernal, Bartolome; Mellado, Vicente; Jimenez-Perez, Roque; Lenero, M. Carmen Taboada – Science Education, 2012
The processes of change in teachers' practice have been the subject of many studies in educational research. We here describe a case study of long duration (in a course of time of 9 years) that has allowed us to gain some insight into how they occur and the underlying obstacles making the processes so slow. We take the professional development of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Longitudinal Studies, Questionnaires
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Liou, Pey-Yan; Lawrenz, Frances – Science Education, 2011
This research used multilevel modeling to investigate the perceived effect of a teacher preparation loan forgiveness program on recruiting science and mathematics majors to become teachers and teach in high-need schools. The study investigated how and which personal perceptions, characteristics, and teacher preparation program variables influenced…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Student Loan Programs, Scholarships, Teacher Recruitment
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Gyllenpalm, Jakob; Wickman, Per-Olof – Science Education, 2011
This article examines the use and role of the term "experiment" in science teacher education as described by teacher students. Data were collected through focus group interviews conducted at seven occasions with 32 students from six well-known Swedish universities. The theoretical framework is a sociocultural and pragmatist perspective…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Scientific Research, Research Methodology, Educational Objectives
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Irez, Serhat – Science Education, 2009
Given the impact of textbooks on learning, this study assesses the five most frequently used secondary school biology textbooks in Turkey to examine the nature and the quality of treatment given to the nature of science. A qualitative oriented approach was employed and ethnographic content analysis was used as the methodological framework for this…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Scientific Principles, Scientific Enterprise, Biology
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Windschitl, Mark; Thompson, Jessica; Braaten, Melissa – Science Education, 2008
One hundred years after its conception, the scientific method continues to reinforce a kind of cultural lore about what it means to participate in inquiry. As commonly implemented in venues ranging from middle school classrooms to undergraduate laboratories, it emphasizes the testing of predictions rather than ideas, focuses learners on material…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Scientific Methodology, Scientific Principles, Science Laboratories
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Taylor, Amy R.; Jones, M. Gail; Broadwell, Bethany; Oppewal, Tom – Science Education, 2008
Although there have been numerous studies that indicate the benefits of teachers and students working with scientists, there is little research that documents scientists' views of science education, science teacher preparation, and the goals of science education. Furthermore, little is known about how scientists' views of science education may…
Descriptors: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Science Teachers, Accountability
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Ford, Michael J.; Wargo, Brian M. – Science Education, 2007
Reform efforts in science education have focused on engaging students in authentic scientific practices. For these efforts to succeed, detailed articulations of scientific practice need to be linked to understandings of classroom practice. Here we characterize engagement in practice generally in terms of "3Rs": routines, roles, and…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Learning Activities, Class Activities, Preservice Teachers
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Luehmann, April Lynn – Science Education, 2007
Concepts and findings from research on identity development are employed to better understand why current science teacher preparation programs are failing to prepare teachers who are able and choose to implement the vision for science education articulated in professional standards. Identity theory is used as a theoretical lens to make sense of…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Student Teaching, Science Teachers, Teacher Education
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