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ERIC Number: EJ798551
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1090-185X
School's IN for Summer: An Alternative Field Experience for Elementary Science Methods Students
Hanuscin, Deborah L.; Musikul, Kusalin
Journal of Elementary Science Education, v19 n1 p57-68 Spr 2007
Field experiences are critical to teacher learning and enhance the effectiveness of methods courses; however, when methods courses are offered in the summer, traditional school-based field experiences are not possible. This article describes an alternative campus-based experience created as part of an elementary science methods course. The Summer Kids' Inquiry Program in Science (SKIPS) provided an authentic context in which teachers had the opportunity to plan and instruct science lessons in both whole-class and small-group settings, as well as observe the teaching of their peers. This model allowed us to overcome many challenges to implementing traditional field-based experiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A