ERIC Number: EJ1038978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
Climate Change in the Preservice Teacher's Mind
Lambert, Julie L.; Bleicher, Robert E.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v24 n6 p999-1022 Oct 2013
Given the recent media attention on the public's shift in opinion toward being more skeptical about climate change, 154 preservice teachers' participated in an intervention in an elementary science methods course. Findings indicated that students developed a deeper level of concern about climate change. Their perceptions on the evidence for climate change, consensus of scientists, impacts of climate change, and influence of politics also changed significantly. The curriculum and instruction appear to be an important factor in increasing understanding of climate change and developing perceptions more aligned to those of climate scientists. More broadly, this study provides preliminary support for the value of providing a careful framing of the topic of climate change within the context of science methods courses.
Descriptors: Climate, Environment, Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses, Elementary School Science, Student Teacher Attitudes, Attitude Change, Program Effectiveness, Ecology, Political Influences, Science Curriculum, Science Instruction, Scientists
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: NNX10AT48A