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ERIC Number: EJ882648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1046-560X
Inquiry and Astronomy: Preservice Teachers' Investigations of Celestial Motion
Plummer, Julia D.; Zahm, Valerie M.; Rice, Rebecca
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v21 n4 p471-493 Jun 2010
This study investigated the impact of an open inquiry experience on elementary science methods students' understanding of celestial motion as well as the methods developed by students to answer their own research questions. Pre/post interviews and assessments were used to measure change in participants' understanding (N = 18). A qualitative approach was used to describe the nature of each participant's investigation through an analysis of their science journal and poster presentations. A comparison of participants' inquiry projects with the change in their understanding revealed that while most participants improved in both their area of inquiry and beyond, elementary science methods students may need more guidance to reach a full scientific understanding across all aspects of celestial motion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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