Science Educator

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 1, Summer

Commentary: Science Topics Not Related to Needed Reforms
To some science educators the term "topics" is a favorite word for use in lesson planning, teaching, curriculum frameworks, vocabulary mastery, and assessing student learning in science. But, for many, such a focus misses the point and the purpose of...
Derivation and Implementation of a Model Teaching the Nature of Science Using Informal Science Education Venues
AbstractThis paper introduces a model for using informal science education venues as contexts within which to teach the nature of science. The model was initially developed to enable university education students to teach science in elementary schools...
Exploring the Attitudes of Students Using an Edutainment Graphic Novel as a Supplement to Learning in the Classroom
AbstractEducators have successfully used various forms of entertainment media to inform the public about a wide range of subjects. Some of these methods have been implemented as learning tools for use in an academic setting. This study explores the attitudes...
Inquiry-Based Instruction: Does School Environmental Context Matter?
AbstractIn a larger study on teachers' beliefs about science teaching, one component looks at how school environmental context factors influence inquiry-based science instruction. Research shows that three broad categories of school environmental factors...
Ohio High School Biology Teachers' Views of State Standard for Evolution: Impacts on Practice
AbstractHigh school biology teachers face many challenges as they teach evolution. State standards for evolution may provide support for sound evolution instruction. This study attempts to build upon previous work by investigating teachers' views of...
Science IDEAS: A Research-Based K-5 Interdisciplinary Instructional Model Linking Science and Literacy
AbstractScience IDEAS is an evidence-based model that reflects interdisciplinary research findings that support the integration of literacy (e.g., reading comprehension) within science instruction in grades K-5. Presented is a framework for planning...
Supporting the Development of Science Teacher Leaders - Where Do We Begin?
AbstractTeacher leadership has been recognized as a necessary ingredient to support educational reform efforts. Leaders provide the needed expertise to ensure reforms are successful in promoting student learning. The overarching goal of the Leadership...
Urban High School Teachers' Beliefs concerning Essential Science Teaching Dispositions
AbstractThis qualitative study addresses the link between urban high school science teachers' beliefs about essential teaching dispositions and student learning outcomes. The findings suggest that in order to help students to do well in science in urban...