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  • Date: 06/01/2015
    Resource Category!: Research Brief
    This literature review raises questions about how scientific argumentation is taught in schools. Manz argues that argumentation needs to be situated in real scientific questions and practices and makes suggestions for how to make argumentation an authentic science activity for students. ... »
  • Date: 06/01/2015
    Resource Category!: Research Brief
    Vossoughi and Bevan (2014) conducted a literature review of educational research on making and tinkering. They considered what was known about learning opportunities for young people afforded by high-quality tinkering and making experiences. Specifically they reviewed the historical roots of making, the emerging design principles that ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2015
    Resource Category!: Literature Review
    For almost two decades, strict accountability measures have been in place across the country. In this literature review, Anderson investigated the effect of accountability on K–12 science instruction. He found that curricula have narrowed, less time is being dedicated to science, teacher morale is lower, and expectations for some student groups ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2015
    Resource Category!: Literature Review
    Rather than focusing on how different they are, this literature review details shared characteristics of science museums, science centers, zoos, and aquariums in order to contribute to an ecological view of learning. This article identifies four shared characteristics of these informal science environments: motives and goals, staging of popular ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2013
    Resource Category!: Research Brief
    Do video games have positive impacts on the academic K–12 curriculum? The authors of this paper conducted a literature review of more than 300 research articles on the use of video games in the classroom. Their analysis found minimal evidence that video games have positive effects on mathematics and science learning. ... »