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  • Grounding Practice in Research

    Page | March 2020

    Grounding Practice in Research The first set of common science standards in the United States is about 20 years old. Our understanding of the world around us has since changed, and so has our understanding of how children learn. A growing body of research is painting a very different picture of what today’s science…

  • STEM Student Research Handbook

    NSTA Press Book | September 2011

    This comprehensive resource for STEM teachers and students, outlines the various stages of large-scale research projects, enabling teachers to coach their students through the research process. This handbook provides…

  • Teacher Research: Stories of Learning and Growing

    NSTA Press Book | July 2007

    Think you don’t have time to do research? How about professional growth—think that’s out of reach? Let your peers take you on their journeys and inspire you through their stories in Teacher Research. You will gain…

  • Research Concepts

    Book Chapter | January 2003

    This chapter presents research concepts featuring qualitative, quantitative, and action research. Qualitative research generally involves a researcher combining observation, interview, and analysis of various documents…

  • Research Design

    Book Chapter | August 2011

    In this chapter, you will learn how experiments are structured. This structure or experimental setup is called the research design. The research design of an experiment determines both whether the experiment is likely…

  • Assessment in Science: Practical Experiences and Education Research

    NSTA Press Book | January 2006

    If you want the latest research about assessment techniques that really work, you want Assessment in Science. This collection of informative, up-to-date reports is by authors who are practicing K-12 classroom teachers…

  • Learning and Teaching Scientific Inquiry: Research and Applications

    NSTA Press Book | October 2011

    Science teacher educators, curriculum specialists, professional development facilitators, and K–8 teachers are bound to increase their understanding and confidence when teaching inquiry after a careful reading of this…

  • Teaching With Purpose: Closing the Research - Practice Gap

    NSTA Press Book | January 2005

    The best science teachers don’t just get up in front of the class and start talking. They draw from a plan… a rationale… a purpose. This book helps you create and implement a detailed, research-based teaching rationale…

  • This Is Your Brain: Teaching About Neuroscience and Addiction Research

    NSTA Press Book | June 2012

    “The need for students’ understanding of the value of the neurosciences—and the damaging effects of illicit drug use, the mechanisms of addiction, and the scientific and ethical basis of animal-based drug abuse research…

  • Research Questions and Hypotheses

    Book Chapter | January 2001

    This first section guides students to ask testable questions, and formulate hypotheses and null hypotheses. Students also become familiar with the parts of a science research report. This structure reinforces the…

  • Why Research Is Important

    Book Chapter | June 2012

    In this lesson, students work in small groups to analyze and sort a variety of research discoveries. This unit illustrates in part the historical role animals have played in medical research. Students sort these…

  • Applying Ethics to Research

    Book Chapter | June 2012

    In this lesson, students explore ethical considerations in research, focusing specifically on the example of the inclusion of animals in medical research. They work in small groups to analyze the possible harms and…

  • Sharing Research Results

    Book Chapter | April 2016

    In this chapter, the objective of the activity “Playdough Guidebook” is to record and report on data about various playdoughs to compare their characteristics (e.g., texture, smell, stiffness, and ability to harden).…

  • Getting Started in SoTL Research

    Journal Article | June 2021

    Getting started in SoTL research can seem daunting. Working with a team can increase support and productivity. This article explores roles in SoTL research teams, how to identify research projects, and pacing projects…

  • Learning Researchers

    Journal Article | December 2020

    Formative assessment has been shown to be a critical activity for promoting meaningful understanding in the classroom. Systematic engagement in formative assessment helps instructors to develop a clearer picture of…

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