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ERIC Number: EJ921500
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Thinking outside the Kit: Building Preservice Science Teachers' Inquiry Skills with an Experiment that Doesn't Go as Planned
Baumgartner, Erin
Journal of College Science Teaching, v40 n1 p54-57 Sep 2010
Preservice preparation courses for elementary teachers of science can provide opportunities to build pedagogical content knowledge. One common concern of preservice teachers is how to cope with a preplanned lesson that does not proceed as planned. Providing opportunities for preservice teachers to experience the unexpected actually immerses them in creative problem solving that is a hallmark of scientific investigation. This lesson in a preservice science methods course requires future teachers to build problem-solving skills through scientific inquiry as they cope with a type of science-kit activity in which the experiment does not go as planned. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oregon