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ERIC Number: EJ1011747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
An Inquiry-Based Approach to Teaching the Spherical Earth Model to Preservice Teachers Using the Global Positioning System
Song, Youngjin; Schwenz, Richard
Journal of College Science Teaching, v42 n4 p50-58 Mar 2013
This article describes an inquiry-based lesson to deepen preservice teachers' understanding of the spherical Earth model using the Global Positioning System. The lesson was designed with four learning goals: (1) to increase preservice teachers' conceptual knowledge of the spherical Earth model; (2) to develop preservice teachers' abilities to carry out scientific inquiry; (3) to develop preservice teachers' understanding of the nature of science, especially the tentative nature of scientific knowledge; and (4) to increase preservice teachers' understanding of the interrelations of science with technology and mathematics. The lesson used the 5E model of science instruction emphasizing five essential features of classroom inquiry as guiding frameworks. The lesson was implemented with 72 preservice K-12 teachers. Preservice teachers' quotations, calculations, and drawings demonstrated their conceptions about the Earth's size and shape and how their conceptions changed. The lesson models the inquiry-based science lessons expected from classroom K-16 educators. (Contains 1 table and 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A