ERIC Number: ED465642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
If Inquiry Is So Great, Why Isn't Everyone Doing It?
This study compared preservice teachers' beliefs (taken from journal reflections) about inquiry before, during, and after their field placement experiences. The subjects of the study were preservice students (n=48) enrolled in an elementary science methods course at a large midwestern university during the spring semester of 2001. Most of the students' background in science consisted of an introductory course in physics, in chemistry, and in biology. Their science lessons were structured according to the 5E learning cycle (Bybee, Buchwald, Crissman, Hell, Kuerbis, Matsumoto, and McInerney, 1989). This study documents how preservice students can improve their understanding of inquiry, but stops short of determining whether understanding becomes future practice for these future teachers. (Contains 19 references.) (MVL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (Charlotte, NC, January 10-13, 2002); see SE 066 324.