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Journal of Science Education and Technology OnlineFirst articles

Open Access 21-03-2023

Comparing Self-Report Assessments and Scenario-Based Assessments of Systems Thinking Competence

Self-report assessments are used frequently in higher education to assess a variety of constructs, including attitudes, opinions, knowledge, and competence. Systems thinking is an example of one competence often measured using self-report …

Kirsten A. Davis, Dustin Grote, Hesam Mahmoudi, Logan Perry, Navid Ghaffarzadegan, Jacob Grohs, Niyousha Hosseinichimeh, David B. Knight, Konstantinos Triantis


Spatial Navigation Test with Virtual Starmaze: the Role of Spatial Strategy in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Spatial ability is an influential factor for academic performance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. However, the roles of spatial strategies are unclear. Therefore, coupling with virtual Starmaze developed by …

Wenjing Wang, Xiaoshan Li


e-Homework and Motivation for Students’ Success in First-Semester General Chemistry

Contributed data reflective of students’ compliance in doing electronic homework (e-HW) exercises when asked to choose when required e-HW assignments are due are evaluated using a quasi-experimental format with non-equivalent groups to determine …

Robyn Ford, Susan Broadway, Diana Mason


Meta-Analysis of STEM Learning Using Virtual Reality: Benefits Across the Board

The use of virtual reality (VR) in formal education has burgeoned in recent years, with enthusiastic uptake by teachers and instructors across a wide range of subject areas and academic disciplines. We conducted a systematic meta-analysis of …

Jennifer G. Cromley, Runzhi Chen, LuEttaMae Lawrence


How Behavioral and Psychological Factors Influence STEM Performance in K-12 Schools: A Mediation Model

Understanding factors that influence k-12 students’ Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) performance is essential to improving their problem-solving ability. Most studies have focused on the relationship between students’ …

Chun Lu, Wei Yang, Longkai Wu, Xiao Yang


Effects of Robotics Education on Young Children’s Cognitive Development: a Pilot Study with Eye-Tracking

The emerging field of robotics education (RE) is a new and rapidly growing subject area worldwide. It may provide a playful and novel learning environment for children to engage with all aspects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics …

Yan Liu, Darko Odic, Xuyan Tang, Andy Ma, Maria Laricheva, Guanyu Chen, Sirui Wu, Man Niu, Yue Guo, Marina Milner-Bolotin


The Seeing Science Project: Using Design-Based Research to Develop a Transformative Experience Intervention

Drawing on transformative experience theory (Pugh, 2011) and in collaboration with high school science teachers, the authors developed an intervention (Seeing Science project) leveraging everyday mobile technology as a tool for integrating …

Kevin J. Pugh, Dylan P. J. Kriescher, Audrey J. Tocco, Colton Olson, Cassendra M. Bergstrom, Maaly Younis, Maha BenSalem


Biomedical Engineering Students’ Question Posing Skill Based on Reading Scientific Articles

Our study investigates the effect of hybrid courses and reading scientific articles on scientific literacy of biomedical engineering students. Participants included about 100 undergraduate and graduate students who participated in one or two …

Yehudit Judy Dori, Amira Allouche, Ronit Herscu-Kluska, Orit Herscovitz, Hagit Yarden, Yaron Blinder, Shulamit Levenberg


The Effect of Web-Based Biology Learning Environment on Academic Performance: A Meta-analysis Study

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of web-based biology learning environment in improving academic performance via a meta-analysis. In looking for the studies on web-based biology learning environment, several keyword …

Gülşah Sezen Vekli, Muammer Çalik


The Effects of Mobile AR-based Biology Learning Experience on Students’ Motivation, Self‐Efficacy, and Attitudes in Online Learning

The purpose of this study is to enhance online biology learning with mobile augmented reality (AR) applications and to assess the impact of mobile AR applications on students’ motivation, self-efficacy, and attitudes toward biology learning.

Tahsin Ciloglu, Ahmet Berk Ustun


A Proposed Case-Based Learning Framework for Fostering Undergraduate Engineering Students’ Creative and Critical Thinking

Scholars and international bodies have highlighted the need to foster undergraduate engineering students’ creative thinking and critical thinking. Case-based learning is a name for a host of pedagogical approaches which are student-centered …

Rea Lavi, Deniz Marti


Online, Interactive Modules Improve Quantitative Skills in Community College Biology Students

Introductory courses in biology often lack sufficient emphasis on quantitative skills and interdisciplinary problem solving, leaving many students unprepared for more advanced biology coursework and hampering their ability to pursue biology …

Katerina V. Thompson, Kären C. Nelson, James Sniezek, Gili Marbach-Ad


Digital Curation as a Pedagogical Approach to Promote Critical Thinking

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education aims to develop creative, broadminded, and inquisitive graduates who think critically. Critical thinking (CT) is conceptualized as purposeful, self-regulatory judgment involving …

Rivka Gadot, Dina Tsybulsky


Tracing Undergraduate Science Learners’ Digital Cognitive Strategy Use and Relation to Performance

Digital environments like learning management systems can afford opportunities for students to engage in cognitive learning strategies including preparatory reading of advance organizers including lecture outlines and self-testing using ungraded …

Kyle Castro Mefferd, Matthew L. Bernacki


Modeling with Real-Time Informative Feedback: Implementing and Evaluating a New Massive Open Online Course Component

As part of the design, development, and deployment of a massive open online course (MOOC) on model-based systems engineering, we introduced MORTIF—Modeling with Real-Time Informative Feedback, a new learning-by-doing feature that enables the …

Niva Wengrowicz, Rea Lavi, Hanan Kohen, Dov Dori


Fostering Graduate Students’ Interpersonal Communication Skills via Online Group Interactions

This paper presents a study that examines the effect of a graduate course titled “Selected topics in interpersonal communication skills” on the students’ interpersonal communication skills as part of their 21st century skills. Subject to the …

Shahaf Rocker Yoel, Effrat Akiri, Yehudit Judy Dori


The Conceptualization of Critical Thinking: Toward a Culturally Inclusive Framework for Technology-Enhanced Instruction in Higher Education

The proliferation of fake news and pseudoscience requires a proactive educational approach to the cultivation of critical thinking (CT); yet, university lecturers and students alike appear to have insufficient guidance. Moreover, studies on CT …

Miri Barak, Carmella Shahab