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Journal of Science Education and Technology

February 2012 Volume 21, Number 1

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Number of articles: 16

  1. Making On-Line Science Course Materials Easily Translatable and Accessible Worldwide: Challenges and Solutions

    Wendy K. Adams, Hisham Alhadlaq, Christopher V. Malley, Katherine K. Perkins, Jonathan Olson, Fahad Alshaya, Saleh Alabdulkareem & Carl E. Wieman

    The PhET Interactive Simulations Project partnered with the Excellence Research Center of Science and Mathematics Education at King Saud University with the joint goal of making simulations useable... More

    pp. 1-10

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  2. The Value of Fieldwork in Life and Environmental Sciences in the Context of Higher Education: A Case Study in Learning about Biodiversity

    Graham W. Scott, Raymond Goulder, Phillip Wheeler, Lisa J. Scott, Michelle L. Tobin & Sara Marsham

    Fieldwork is assumed by most practitioners to be an important if not essential component of a degree level education in the environmental sciences. However, there is strong evidence that as a... More

    pp. 11-21

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  3. One Science Teacher's Professional Development Experience: A Case Study Exploring Changes in Students' Perceptions of Their Fluency with Innovative Technologies

    Jazlin Ebenezer, Russell Columbus, Osman Nafiz Kaya, Lin Zhang & Devairakkam Luke Ebenezer

    The purpose of this case-study is to narrate a secondary science teacher's experience of his professional development (PD) education and training in innovative technologies (IT) in the context of... More

    pp. 22-37

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  4. Customization of Curriculum Materials in Science: Motives, Challenges, and Opportunities

    William L. Romine & Tanvi Banerjee

    Exemplary science instructors use inquiry to tailor content to student's learning needs; traditional textbooks treat science as a set of facts and a rigid curriculum. Publishers now allow... More

    pp. 38-45

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  5. Bringing Up Girls in Science (BUGS): The Effectiveness of an Afterschool Environmental Science Program for Increasing Female Students' Interest in Science Careers

    Tandra Tyler-Wood, Amber Ellison, Okyoung Lim & Sita Periathiruvadi

    Bringing Up Girls in Science (BUGS) was an afterschool program for 4th and 5th grade girls that provided authentic learning experiences in environmental science as well as valuable female mentoring... More

    pp. 46-55

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  6. Human vs. Computer Diagnosis of Students' Natural Selection Knowledge: Testing the Efficacy of Text Analytic Software

    Ross H. Nehm & Hendrik Haertig

    Our study examines the efficacy of Computer Assisted Scoring (CAS) of open-response text relative to expert human scoring within the complex domain of evolutionary biology. Specifically, we... More

    pp. 56-73

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  7. A Case Study on the Use of Blended Learning to Encourage Computer Science Students to Study

    Diana Perez-Marin & Ismael Pascual-Nieto

    Students tend to procrastinate. In particular, Computer Science students tend to reduce the number of hours devoted to study concepts after class. In this paper, a case study on the use of Blended ... More

    pp. 74-82

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  8. Living Animals in the Classroom: A Meta-Analysis on Learning Outcome and a Treatment-Control Study Focusing on Knowledge and Motivation

    Eberhard Hummel & Christoph Randler

    Prior research states that the use of living animals in the classroom leads to a higher knowledge but those previous studies have methodological and statistical problems. We applied a meta-analysis... More

    pp. 95-105

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  9. Comparison of Different Instructional Multimedia Designs for Improving Student Science-Process Skill Learning

    Yu-Ta Chien & Chun-Yen Chang

    This study developed three forms of computer-based multimedia, including Static Graphics (SG), Simple Learner-Pacing Animation (SLPA), and Full Learner-Pacing Animation (FLPA), to assist students... More

    pp. 106-113

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  10. The Effects of a Model-Based Physics Curriculum Program with a Physics First Approach: A Causal-Comparative Study

    Ling L. Liang, Gavin W. Fulmer, David M. Majerich, Richard Clevenstine & Raymond Howanski

    The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of a model-based introductory physics curriculum on conceptual learning in a Physics First (PF) Initiative. This is the first comparative study... More

    pp. 114-124

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  11. Collaborative Action Research on Technology Integration for Science Learning

    Chien-hsing Wang, Yi-Ting Ke, Jin-Tong Wu & Wen-Hua Hsu

    This paper briefly reports the outcomes of an action research inquiry on the use of blogs, MS PowerPoint [PPT], and the Internet as learning tools with a science class of sixth graders for project-... More

    pp. 125-132

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  12. Virtual and Physical Experimentation in Inquiry-Based Science Labs: Attitudes, Performance and Access

    Kevin Pyatt & Rod Sims

    This study investigated the learning dimensions that occur in physical and virtual inquiry-based lab investigations, in first-year secondary chemistry classes. This study took place over a 2 year... More

    pp. 133-147

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  13. Hierarchical Mentoring: A Transformative Strategy for Improving Diversity and Retention in Undergraduate STEM Disciplines

    Zakiya S. Wilson, Lakenya Holmes, Karin deGravelles, Monica R. Sylvain, Lisa Batiste, Misty Johnson, Saundra Y. McGuire, Su Seng Pang & Isiah M. Warner

    In the United States, less than half of the students who enter into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate curricula as freshmen will actually graduate with a STEM... More

    pp. 148-156

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  14. Modeling Environmental Literacy of University Students

    Gaye Teksoz, Elvan Sahin & Ceren Tekkaya-Oztekin

    The present study proposed an Environmental Literacy Components Model to explain how environmental attitudes, environmental responsibility, environmental concern, and environmental knowledge as... More

    pp. 157-166

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  15. Transforming Biology Assessment with Machine Learning: Automated Scoring of Written Evolutionary Explanations

    Ross H. Nehm, Minsu Ha & Elijah Mayfield

    This study explored the use of machine learning to automatically evaluate the accuracy of students' written explanations of evolutionary change. Performance of the Summarization Integrated... More

    pp. 183-196

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  16. A Genetically Optimized Predictive System for Success in General Chemistry Using a Diagnostic Algebra Test

    Cameron I. Cooper & Paul T. Pearson

    In higher education, many high-enrollment introductory courses have evolved into "gatekeeper" courses due to their high failure rates. These courses prevent many students from attaining their... More

    pp. 197-205

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