ERIC Number: EJ796418
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 22
Developing a Community of Teachers through Integrated Science and Literacy Service-Learning Experiences
Cox-Petersen, Anne M.; Spencer, Brenda H.; Crawford, Teresa J.
Issues in Teacher Education, v14 n1 p23-37 Spr 2005
In this article, the authors present a case study of preservice teachers engaged in service-learning in an after-school program while concurrently enrolled in science and language arts methods courses. Two interdisciplinary education faculty worked collaboratively to connect language arts and science methods content with service-learning experiences. Preservice teachers provided a service to elementary school students by developing and teaching integrated, inquiry-based lessons. The after-school program provided a service to preservice teachers by providing opportunities for them to interact with young children and teach integrated science and language arts lessons outside the constraints of a formal classroom setting. The preservice teachers' experience was considered "integrated" in this study because they were required to integrate language arts skills within every science lesson that they taught in the after-school program.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses, Language Arts, After School Programs, Service Learning, Teacher Collaboration, Science Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teacher Educators, Elementary School Students, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Development, Integrated Curriculum, Portfolio Assessment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
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