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Osborne, Jonathan F.; Borko, Hilda; Fishman, Evan; Gomez Zaccarelli, Florencia; Berson, Eric; Busch, K. C.; Reigh, Emily; Tseng, Anita – American Educational Research Journal, 2019
This article reports an investigation of a professional development program to enhance elementary teachers' ability to engage their students in argument from evidence in science. Using a quasi-experimental approach, three versions were compared: Version A--a 1-week summer institute with a 2-week summer practicum experience and 8 follow-up days…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Persuasive Discourse, Elementary School Teachers, Learner Engagement
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Flores, Ingrid M. – Research in Higher Education Journal, 2015
Thirty preservice teachers enrolled in a field-based science methods course were placed at a public elementary school for coursework and for teaching practice with elementary students. Candidates focused on building conceptual understanding of science content and pedagogical methods through innovative curriculum development and other course…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Teacher Effectiveness, Field Experience Programs