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Grineski, Sara; Daniels, Heather; Collins, Timothy; Morales, Danielle X.; Frederick, Angela; Garcia, Marilyn – Science Education, 2018
Research on the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) student development pipeline has largely ignored social class and instead examined inequalities based on gender and race. We investigate the role of social class in undergraduate student research publications. Data come from a sample of 213 undergraduate research participants…
Descriptors: Social Class, Writing for Publication, STEM Education, Undergraduate Students
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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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Gamez, Rebeca; Parker, Carolyn A. – Science Education, 2018
This study investigates how two newcomer students, Elena and Martin, identified with and in science within the context of a classroom utilizing a reform-based science curriculum where instruction occurred only in English. Using ethnographic case study methods, we drew from anthropological theories on identity development and sociocultural…
Descriptors: Novices, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students
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Watkins, Jessica; McCormick, Mary; Wendell, Kristen Bethke; Spencer, Kathleen; Milto, Elissa; Portsmore, Merredith; Hammer, David – Science Education, 2018
The national efforts underway to include engineering in K-12 science education present a variety of new challenges, including how to prepare teachers to teach a new discipline. In this paper, we focus on elementary teachers and how they enter into "responsive teaching," in which they closely attend and meaningfully respond to students'…
Descriptors: Engineering, Design, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education
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Koomen, Michele Hollingsworth; Rodriguez, Elizabeth; Hoffman, Alissa; Petersen, Cindy; Oberhauser, Karen – Science Education, 2018
This study reports on the process and development of middle school science fair projects inspired by a summer science program of citizen science monitoring (Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project) with their classroom teacher. We gathered and analyzed qualitative data (interviews, focus groups, and project boards). Our analysis revealed three key…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Fairs, Summer Science Programs, Qualitative Research
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McNeill, Katherine L.; Lowenhaupt, Rebecca J.; Katsh-Singer, Rebecca – Science Education, 2018
School principals play a key role as instructional leaders in reform efforts, yet little is known about their knowledge of science. A key focus in recent reform efforts is the inclusion of science practices, which are potentially a significant challenge for schools. Consequently, we investigated K-8 principals' views of good science instruction…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Principals, Science Instruction, Educational Change
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Whitworth, Brooke A.; Maeng, Jennifer L.; Bell, Randy L. – Science Education, 2018
This study describes how district science coordinators supported teachers and implemented professional development in their districts following participation in the Science Coordinator Academy. This qualitative descriptive case study comprised three district science coordinators from three districts in a mid-Atlantic state, as well as principals…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, School Districts
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Meehan, Casey R.; Levy, Brett L. M.; Collet-Gildard, Lauren – Science Education, 2018
Broad misconceptions about global climate change (GCC) could hinder efforts to address this large-scale problem, and curricular materials can play a substantial role in what students learn about GCC. This study examines how U.S. high school textbooks and supplemental curricular materials published between 2007 and 2012 portray the causes,…
Descriptors: Secondary School Curriculum, Climate, Textbooks, Instructional Materials
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Kitchen, Joseph A.; Sonnert, Gerhard; Sadler, Philip M. – Science Education, 2018
Insufficient student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers has been identified as a pressing issue by educators and education policy makers. This retrospective cohort study examined one promising approach to reach and inspire students early on: college- and university- run high school STEM summer programs.…
Descriptors: Occupational Aspiration, Careers, STEM Education, Colleges
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Howitt, Susan M.; Wilson, Anna N. – Science Education, 2018
Scientists use judgment in deciding what and how much data to present in publications but science degrees rarely address this issue. Instead, scientific knowledge is presented as certain and students have limited opportunities to use their own judgment in the laboratory. A consequence of this may be that students approach science with a moral…
Descriptors: Ethics, Epistemology, Moral Development, Student Development
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Tolbert, Sara; Schindel, Alexa; Rodriguez, Alberto J. – Science Education, 2018
In this article, we critically examine what a commitment to equity, diversity, and social justice in science and science education means for our research practices and methods. Using a blend of critical cross-cultural and feminist lenses, we explore relationships of power in our research, specifically in terms of knowledge production,…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Social Justice, Equal Education, Cultural Differences
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Hilts, Alexis; Part, Rachel; Bernacki, Matthew L. – Science Education, 2018
Students' perceptions of competence and relatedness are known to influence learning processes and achievement, and may have particular import for underrepresented science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learners. Sources of social support that contribute to undergraduate life science learners' perceived competence and relatedness…
Descriptors: Social Influences, STEM Education, Science Achievement, Academic Persistence
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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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Jaber, Lama Z.; Dini, Vesal; Hammer, David; Danahy, Ethan – Science Education, 2018
The "Framework for K-12 Science Education" (National Research Council, 2012) outlines eight practices to represent the diverse ways scientists construct and evaluate knowledge. Engaging students in these practices is a key instructional target in the science classroom. This target, however, creates particular challenges for online…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Electronic Learning, Web Based Instruction
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Hand, Brian; Shelley, Mack C.; Laugerman, Marcia; Fostvedt, Luke; Therrien, William – Science Education, 2018
In a cluster-randomized study, we investigate the impact of an argument-based approach to teaching science in elementary school on science learning and critical thinking skills. Forty-eight schools participated in the study, with data on 9,963 students across the 2 years of the intervention. Annual standardized tests assessing science content…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Disadvantaged, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science
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