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ERIC Number: EJ849835
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1090-185X
Designing the Best Urban, Preservice Elementary Science Methods Course: Dilemmas and Considerations
Moscovici, Hedy; Osisioma, Irene
Journal of Elementary Science Education, v20 n4 p15-28 Fall 2008
This paper addresses the dilemmas encountered by two secondary science education instructors designing a course for preservice elementary teachers. Taking into consideration past experiences of teaching education and science courses in general and with preservice elementary teachers in particular and recommendations from state and national documents and state requirements regarding teacher accreditation, the two instructors engage in an introspective reflection that uncovers the complexity involved in making decisions regarding course goals, course assignments, assessment strategies, and course materials. This was all done in an effort to better prepare preservice elementary teachers to meet the new demands of contextualized urban science classrooms, focusing on inquiry science and students' use of higher-order cognitive skills. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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