ERIC Number: ED406157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Preservice Elementary Science Project. Interviews of Elementary Science Presidential Awardees: Patterns That Portray Excellence in Science Teaching.
The objective of this naturalistic study was to describe the preservice, inservice, and life experiences of exemplary science teachers to determine what kinds of experiences have made a difference in their teaching practices. Six Elementary Science Presidential Awardees from Texas were identified by the Preservice Elementary Science Action Team of the Texas Statewide Science Systemic Initiative as the group of teachers to be studied. Interview questions were designed to focus on career history descriptions, attitudes regarding excellence in science teaching, significant preservice and inservice experiences, and individuals who influenced their career development. Analysis of the interview data revealed the following categories: (1) Significant Life History; (2) Mentorships, Collaborations, and Networks; (3) Characteristics of Exemplary Science Teachers; (4) Preservice Preparation Experiences; (5) Inservice Experiences; (6) The Nature of Teaching, Learning, and Science; and (7) Perceived Science Teaching Barriers. Implications for strengthening the preservice preparation of prospective elementary science teachers are discussed. Appendices include interview protocols. Contains 14 references. (Author/PVD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Statewide Systemic Initiative for Science and Mathematics Education.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Charles A. Dana Center.
Identifiers - Location: Texas