ERIC Number: EJ1038982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
The Integration of Environmental Education into Two Elementary Preservice Science Methods Courses: A Content-Based and a Method-Based Approach
Weiland, Ingrid S.; Morrison, Judith A.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v24 n6 p1023-1047 Oct 2013
To examine the notion of environmental education (EE) as context for integrating the elementary curricula, we engaged in a multi-case study analysis (Yin 2009) of two preservice elementary science methods courses that utilized an experiential reflective approach--case one (University A) through a science content focus (i.e., sustainability) and case two (University B) through a method focus (i.e., problem-based learning). We examined preservice teachers' understandings of EE, their ideas to incorporate EE into their future teaching, and their conceptions of EE as a context for integration. Results indicate that both foci (content and method) were successful in building EE content, helping preservice teachers to envision EE in their future classrooms, and promoting EE as a context for integrating their instruction. Based on these results, we offer recommendations for the incorporation of EE as a context for integration into the elementary science methods course.
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Science Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Teachers, Course Content, Case Studies, Problem Based Learning, Student Attitudes, Reflection, Elementary School Curriculum
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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