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ERIC Number: EJ798817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1090-185X
Science Professors Serve as Mentors for Early Childhood Preservice Teachers in the Design and Implementation of Standards-Based Science Units
Katz, Laurie; Sadler, Kim; Craig, Dorothy V.
Journal of Elementary Science Education, v17 n2 p43-55 Fall 2005
This study examined the use of science professors acting as mentors to enhance the science competency of early childhood educators. Findings indicate that mentor-mentee dyad interactions varied; however, mentors were able to assist with curriculum, science content, and resources. Although standards-based units were developed, there was little "real" science inquiry present. Findings did not support a higher-quality product that involved a mentoring relationship versus a nonmentoring relationship. The mentors' lack of impact may have resulted from how the teacher candidate/science professor dyads "positioned" themselves relative to the others in developing a standards-based science unit. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A