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Resources - Journals on Science Education
We have brought together a list of journals which focus on the study of teaching and learning. In addition to looking at the development and testing of assessment instruments, most of these journals explore and explain student misconceptions, measure the effectiveness of teaching strategies, and in general can be a useful guide in how one can investigate the usefulness of teaching and learning in a "scientific" manner.
For each journal, we have provided the title, the web address, and a brief description (usually taken from the website). The journals are divided by the following areas:
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
From website: “Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education is an established international refereed journal which publishes papers and reports on all.htmlects of assessment and evaluation within the various disciplines representative of higher education. The purpose of the journal is to help advance understanding of assessment and evaluation practices and processes, particularly in the contribution they make to student learning, and to course, staff and institutional development. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education welcomes pragmatic, research-based or reflective studies which help to illuminate the everyday practice of assessment and evaluation in higher education. The journal is aimed at all higher education practitioners, irrespective of discipline, and sets out to provide readily accessible, up-to-date information about significant developments within the field, with a view to the sharing and extension of evaluated, innovative practice. Suggestions about particular themes or special issues are welcomed.”
American Biology Teacher
From website: "This nationally recognized journal, published nine times a year, brings you specific how-to-do-it suggestions for the laboratory, field activities, interdisciplinary programs, review articles on recent advances in life science, and articles about the future of life in a technological society."
Journal of Biological Education
From website: “The journal for applied educational research, the Journal of Biological Education covers policy and curriculum developments that apply directly to you, bringing you the latest results of research into the teaching, learning and assessment of biology. It updates you with advances relevant to biology syllabuses and reviews current opinion from world-renowned experts.”
Chemeda (Renamed The Australian Journal of Education in Chemistry)
From website: “This journal's principal aim is to enhance the quality of teaching and learning of Chemistry at all levels in Australia and to raise the status and image of chemistry education. The Journal also proposes to inform the international community about chemistry education research, development and reflection going on in Australia (although contributions will not be restricted to Australians).”
Chemistry Education Research and Practice in Europe
CERAPIE is a peer-reviewed electronic journal available, free of charge, on the Internet. It is published by the University of Ioannina, Greece.
Education in Chemistry
Education in Chemistry is a magazine published by the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). It claims to be "the only magazine in the UK aimed at teachers of chemistry at all levels."
Journal of Chemical Education
From website: "The Journal of Chemical Education is the journal of the Division of Chemical Education, Inc. of the American Chemical Society. Published continuously since 1924, JCE is the world's premier chemical education journal. Our mission is to help chemistry teachers stay current with research advances as well as share new ideas in teaching methodologies and course organization."
Journal of Environmental Education
From website: “Based on recent research in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, the journal details how best to present environmental issues and how to evaluate programs already in place for primary through university level and adult students. University researchers, park and recreation administrators, and teachers from the United States and abroad provide new analyses of the instruction, theory, methods, and practices of environmental communication and education in peer-reviewed articles.”
Journal of Geoscience Education
From website: “The Journal of Geoscience Education is the publication of record for National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), and serves as the only international forum for the publication of research concerning the pedagogy, assessment, and philosophy of teaching and learning about the geosciences. … Each issue typically consists of between six and 10 research papers as well as recurring columns on educational research, mathematical geology, precollege education, and common geological misconceptions.”
Teaching Earth Sciences
From website: "Teaching Earth Sciences . . . contains articles reporting curriculum updates, book reviews, ideas for classroom, laboratory and field teaching, and advertisements for useful resources.”
International Journal of Engineering Education
The International Journal of Engineering Education is a peer reviewed publication. Archived journal articles are free.
Journal of Engineering Education
JEE is a peer-reviewed publication of the American Society for Engineering Education.
Problems, Resource, and Issues in Undergraduate Mathematics Studies (PRIMUS)
From website: PRIMUS is a "forum for the exchange of ideas in mathematics education at the college level. The journal is a refereed quarterly devoted to dialogue among those interested in teaching undergraduate mathematics. This includes those who prepare students for college level mathematics, those who teach college level mathematics, and those who receive students who have been taught college level mathematics."
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME)
From website: the JRME "promotes and disseminates disciplined scholarly inquiry into the teaching and learning of mathematics at all levels, including research reports, book reviews, and commentaries."
American Journal of Physics
From website: “The American Journal of Physics is devoted to the instructional and cultural.htmlects of physical science.”
From website: “Physics Education seeks to serve the physics teaching community and we welcome contributions from teachers. We seek to support the teaching of physics to students aged 11 up to the introductory undergraduate level.”
The Physics Teacher
From website: “Part journal, part magazine, TPT's goal is to provide a forum for contributors to share with colleagues their interesting and useful ideas, discoveries, and experiences in the teaching of physics. TPT publishes articles and notes on physics research, the history and philosophy of physics, applied physics, curriculum developments, pedagogy, instructional lab equipment, and book reviews."
Electronic Journal of Science Education
From website: "Electronic Journal of Science Education [is] the first electronic journal of its kind devoted to the timely sharing of science education issues via the World Wide Web."
International Journal of Science Education
From website: "The International Journal of Science Education attaches importance to applicable research, that is, research that is capable of being used in real educational settings. Studies in all settings for science education, i.e. informal, primary, secondary, higher, adult and continuing, and vocational, are regarded as of equal importance. All papers which appear in IJSE have been thoroughly peer-reviewed."
Journal of College Science Teaching
From website: “The main purpose of the Journal of College Science Teaching is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on and experiences with undergraduate science courses, particularly those for the nonscience major. … Now in its thirtieth year, the Journal identifies and describes innovative, effective instructional techniques that help to improve interdisciplinary science teaching strategies. Most of the feature articles, … written by science teachers, have a practical orientation.”
Journal of Research in Science Teaching
From website: "Journal of Research in Science and Teaching, the official journal of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, publishes reports for science education researchers and practitioners on issues of science teaching and learning and science education policy. Scholarly manuscripts within the domain of the Journal of Research in Science and Teaching include, but are not limited to, investigations employing qualitative, ethnographic, historical, survey, philosophical, or case study research approaches; position papers; policy perspectives; critical reviews of the literature; and comments and criticism. "
Research in Science and Technological Education
From website: “Research in Science & Technological Education publishes original research from throughout the world dealing with science education and/or technological education. It publishes articles on psychological, sociological, economic and organisational.htmlects of science and technological education, as well as evaluation studies of curriculum development in these fields. Its main aim is to allow specialists working in these areas the opportunity of publishing their findings for the benefit of institutions, teachers and students. It is hoped that the journal will encourage high quality research that will lead to more effective practices, behaviours and curricula in science and technology within educational establishments.”
Research in Science Education
From website: Research in Science Education is the official journal of the "Australian Science Education Research Association. … The aim of the association is to promote science education and science education research in all contexts and at all levels of education."
Studies in Science Education
From website: “As an international review of research, Studies in Science Education is intended for all who are interested in the educational dimensions of science. It complements other journals by drawing together, in analytical surveys, recent contributions which may be published in widely scattered sources.”
School Science Education Review
From website: The Science Education Review is a "quarterly periodical [that] contains a carefully distilled collection of research and other articles from around the world, compiled by an experienced school science educator. Also included are feature and contributed articles, science demonstrations, student experiments, activities for eliciting students' alternative conceptions, science stories, answers to teachers' questions, learning / teaching strategies, assessment tasks, other useful classroom resources, interviews with leading science educators, interesting facts, quotes, jokes, and more. "
From website: "Science Education publishes original articles on the latest issues and trends occurring internationally in science curriculum, instruction, learning, policy and preparation of science teachers with the aim to advance our knowledge of science education theory and practice."
Science Education News
From website: "Science Education News is an interdisciplinary tool to inform its readers of science education activities. Published six times each year by the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science, ...the newsletter informs the science education community about activities relating to school science, mathematics, and technology education carried out by AAAS, its affiliates, and other organizations."
Journal of SMET Education: Innovation and Research
From website: "The Journal of SMET (Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology) Education: Innovations and Research publishes peer-reviewed: real-world case studies and instructor's guides, and research articles that discuss results of projects designed to improve SMET education."
Australian Science Teachers' Journal
From website: "ASTA publishes the Australian Science Teachers Journal, a quarterly journal designed for secondary science teachers."
School Science Review
From website: “The School Science Review is the journal for science teachers in 11-19 education and all those interested in this.htmlect of education. It is published four times a year.”
From website: "…Science Activities offers a wealth of creative science projects and curriculum ideas for the K-12 classroom teacher. Written by educators, the articles cover a wide range of topics in the biological, physical, environmental, and behavioral sciences. The teacher-tested activities described are inexpensive and provide true hands-on experiences for students. Regular departments include news notes (on exhibits, films, videos, and contests), computer news, classroom aids, and book reviews.”
Science and Children
From website: “Science and Children is a preschool through middle level science teaching journal. The content reflects the needs and interests of its audience of classroom teachers, science teacher supervisors and administrators, teacher educators, resource people, and parents. Science and Children is a professional journal for the teacher, principal, and supervisor concerned with the teaching of science at the elementary level. Content includes reports of current trends in science education; teacher training and teaching techniques; science lessons and background material in astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and Earth science; and reviews of new books, audiovisuals, and software for elementary science education.”
From website: “Science Scope is the NSTA (National Science Teacher Association) journal devoted specifically to middle and junior high school science education. Emphasizing the crucial role science teachers play at that educational level, the publication fills its pages with easy-to-read, activity-based articles that are developed and tested by teachers, and appropriate for middle/junior high school science students.”
The Science Teacher
From website: “The Science Teacher provides ideas for creative, well-designed, and safe laboratory activities; emphasizes good pedagogy; serves as a forum for issues important to secondary level teachers; and addresses the unique needs and characteristics of secondary level students. The Science Teacher serves classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, and supervisory personnel in secondary science education. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, physical and Earth sciences, and pedagogy.”
School Science and Mathematics
From website: “The SSM is an international journal which is published monthly, October through May, emphasizing issues, concerns, and lessons within and between the disciplines of science and mathematics in the classroom. Members are encouraged to submit articles to the editor for publication.”
K-12 TEACHER PREPARATION
Journal of Science Teacher Education
From website: “ The Journal of Science Teacher Education is the official journal of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (AETS) and serves as a forum for disseminating research and theoretical position statements concerning the preparation and in-service education of science teachers. … The Journal of Science Teacher Education (JSTE) features pragmatic articles which suggest immediate ways to improve conditions in methods classes, in-service workshops, and teacher recruitment and retention. In addition there are data-driven research articles that show evidence of the effectiveness of teaching strategies and interventions.”
Public Understanding of Science
From website: “Public Understanding of Science covers all.htmlects of the inter-relationships between science (including technology and medicine) and the public. Topics include: surveys of public understanding of and attitudes towards science and technology; perceptions of science; popular representations of science; scientific and para-scientific belief systems; science in schools; history of science education and of popular science; science and the media; science fiction; scientific lobbying; evaluative studies of science exhibitions and interactive science centres; scientific information services for the public; popular protest against science (`anti-science'); science in developing countries and appropriate technology.”
From website: “As Australasian Science is read by a number of school students, teachers and the general public (through newsagencies), the style of writing needs to be pitched at a lay level and written in an engaging style emphasising the significance of the work to everyday life. Australasian Science's readership also spans many scientific disciplines, so the use of technical jargon should be kept to a minimum and explained wherever appropriate.”