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ERIC Number: EJ798820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1090-185X
Elementary Preservice Teachers Learning to Teach Science in Science Museums and Nature Centers: A Novel Program's Impact on Science Knowledge, Science Pedagogy, and Confidence Teaching
Jung, Maura Lobos; Tonso, Karen L.
Journal of Elementary Science Education, v18 n1 p15-31 Spr 2006
This ethnographic research examined two out-of-school science practica where preservice elementary teachers learned to teach science. We wondered what teachers learned about science and teaching science, how their sense of themselves as science teachers changed, and how such settings might contribute to reform in science education to promote greater scientific literacy. Preservice teachers had positive experiences; found the practica non-threatening; learned hands-on, inquiry-based teaching practices and some science; and developed confidence in their ability to teach. Practicing teachers from earlier practica carried what they learned into their classrooms. We explore implications for incorporating such sites in elementary teacher education programs and suggest further research. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A