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ERIC Number: ED444820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Enhancing the "Science" in Elementary Science Methods: A Collaborative Effort between Science Education and Entomology.
Boardman, Leigh Ann; Zembal-Saul, Carla; Frazier, Maryann; Appel, Heidi; Weiss, Robinne
Teachers' subject matter knowledge is a particularly important issue in science education in that it influences instructional practices across subject areas and at different grade levels. This paper provides an overview of efforts to develop a unique elementary science methods course and related field experience through a partnership between Science Education and the Department of Entomology at the Pennsylvania State University. The partnership was aimed at providing prospective elementary teachers with meaningful opportunities to learn life science concepts using insects as models, engage in scientific investigations under the guidance of entomology faculty and graduate students, explore children's ideas about science, and consider implications for teaching and learning science for understanding. The program collaboration and related course experiences are described. (Contains 27 references.) (WRM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A