ERIC Number: EJ1038970
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 76
Prospective Elementary Teachers' Analysis of Children's Science Talk in an Undergraduate Physics Course
Harlow, Danielle B.; Swanson, Lauren H.; Otero, Valerie K.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v25 n1 p97-117 Feb 2014
We investigated how prospective teachers used physics content knowledge when analyzing the talk of elementary children during special activities in an undergraduate physics content course designed for prospective teachers. We found that prospective teachers used content knowledge to reflect on their own learning and to identify students' science ideas and restate these ideas in scientific terms. Based on this research, we inferred that analyzing children's ideas through videos provides a meaningful context for applying conceptual physics knowledge in physics courses. Activities that are embedded within a disciplinary curriculum, such as those studied here, may help prospective teachers learn to use disciplinary knowledge in exactly the type of activity in which their content knowledge will be most useful: listening to and interpreting children's science ideas.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Physics, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Elementary School Students, Undergraduate Study, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Video Technology, Scientific Concepts, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Learning Activities, Group Discussion
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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