ERIC Number: ED472953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Science in the Trenches: An Exploration of Four Pre-Service Teachers' First Attempts at Teaching Science in the Classroom.
This paper explores four students' attempts at teaching science in the real world classroom during their initial student teaching practicum including their struggles and successes. When pre-service teachers enter their initial practicum experience they are confronted with differing teaching philosophies of their own, university professors, and school mentors (Sullivan, Mousley, Gervasioni, 2000; John, 2001; Fu and Shelton, 2002). Within this situation, preservice teachers struggle to find their own niche of teaching science and learn to reflect as both a learner and teacher (Kelly, 2000). Our goal as science teacher educators is to help pre-service teachers have an easy transfer from personal university experiences to teaching science in the "real" classroom school environment while maintaining the integrity of newly learned teaching strategies (Segall, 2001). This work adds to and helps guide science teacher educators in identifying difficulties pre-service teachers experience in the transfer from methods courses to practice. This work is a section of a larger work exploring explicit instruction of the Nature of Science and its subsequent application in the classroom. Specifically, this work investigates the transition from university methods courses to practical experiences in the classroom. In addition, this work offers ideas and suggestions for enhanced relationships between university methods instructors, supervisors, and school mentors while aiding preservice teachers in adjusting to their own classroom experiences with teaching science. (Contains 27 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Education of Teachers of Science (St. Louis, MO, January 30-February 2, 2003).