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van Zee, Emily; Grobart, Emma; Roberts-Harris, Deborah – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
What responsibility do science teacher educators have for engaging students in learning about global climate change in courses? How can the topic of global climate change be added to an already packed course curriculum? The authors have begun assembling instructional resources and learning ways others have incorporated global climate change in…
Descriptors: Climate, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Educators
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Haines, Sarah – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Stream investigation and restoration projects offer unique experiential opportunities to engage students in outdoor learning experiences that are relevant to the communities in which they live. These experiences promote an understanding of watershed issues and establish positive attitudes and behaviors that benefit local watersheds and help to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Outdoor Education, Relevance (Education), Conservation (Environment)
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Knowlton, Sarah; Fogleman, Jay; Reichsman, Frieda; de Oliveira, Glenisson – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
This article reports on the potential of higher education science faculty involvement in a K-12 scientist-teacher partnership as a source of faculty professional development.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, Science Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Miele, Eleanor – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
The Draw-a-Scientist Test (DAST) is a tool to assess stereotypical imagery of scientists. This paper describes the use of the DAST as both a model for inquiry and as a method of assessing the affective domain. The DAST was administered in a science education methods course for undergraduate students of elementary education, a methods course for…
Descriptors: Scientists, Social Attitudes, Stereotypes, Science Instruction
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Bonney, Kevin M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
This article describes an interrupted case study that intersperses information about diffusion and osmosis with content review and knowledge application questions, as well as a simple experiment that can be conducted without the use of a laboratory. The case study was developed for use in an introductory undergraduate biology course. The case…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Case Studies, Scientific Concepts
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Saint-Hilaire, Line Augustin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
This article describes how the incorporation of a writing assignment, creating a book about culture and science, into the syllabus of methods science course for preservice teachers, was used to foster science content learning. Preservice teachers were actively and purposely engaged in science learning through the generation of a book about a…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Preservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses, Science Instruction
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Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
To supplement the summer reading of National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) members, the NSTA Committee on Research in Science Education suggested a list of science education research articles that were published in the journals of NSTA's affiliates in 2012. These articles covered a variety of topics that include learning about…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Summer Programs, Reading Materials, Science Teachers
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van Zee, Emily H.; Jansen, Henri; Winograd, Kenneth; Crowl, Michele; Devitt, Adam – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
We designed a physics course for prospective elementary and middle school teachers to foster aspects of scientific thinking recommended in reform documents. Because the elementary school curriculum focuses heavily on literacy, we also explicitly integrated physics and literacy learning in this course. By integrating physics and literacy learning,…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Science Education, Physics, Literacy Education
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Avard, Margaret Marie – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2010
Preservice elementary education students often do not have a good feel for the process of science. Many may be acquainted with the steps of the scientific method but have never been through the scientific process. An exercise was designed using temperature-logging iButtons (Thermochrons) to improve knowledge of and familiarity with the process of…
Descriptors: Scientific Methodology, Climate, Thinking Skills, Preservice Teachers
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Baumgartner, Erin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 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…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education Curriculum, Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Avard, Margaret – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2009
In an effort to get elementary teachers to teach more science in the classroom, a required preservice science education course was designed to promote the use of hands-on teaching techniques. This paper describes course content and activities for an innovative, student-centered, Earth science class. However, any science-content course could be…
Descriptors: Education Courses, Earth Science, Science Education, Teaching Methods
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Edgcomb, Michelle; Britner, Shari L.; McConnaughay, Kelly; Wolffe, Robert – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008
Science 101 was designed by a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional team, with leadership from the Departments of Biology and Teacher Education, and participation by faculty in the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics, the College of Engineering, and master teachers from school districts in the state of Illinois. Their goal was to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Education Majors, Preservice Teachers, Academic Achievement
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Hamed, Kastro – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008
To address the confusion resulting from difficulties with proportional reasoning among preservice physical science students, a cube-assembly activity was used to bring a sense of concreteness to abstract ideas. The activity took students from the concrete step of assembling cubes of various sizes and directly measuring their properties to slightly…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Scientific Concepts, Mathematical Concepts, Science Activities
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Lancor, Rachael; Schiebel, Amy – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008
In this project, introductory college physics students (noneducation majors) were asked to teach simple machines to a class of second graders. This nontraditional activity proved to be a successful way to encourage college students to think critically about physics and how it applied to their everyday lives. The noneducation majors benefited by…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Role Models, Physics, Cooperative Learning
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Varelas, Maria; Plotnick, Roy; Wink, Donald; Fan, Qian; Harris, Yvonne – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2008
An interdisciplinary team of science and education faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago and several Chicago-area community colleges developed and implemented a series of four integrated, inquiry-based science courses for preservice elementary school teachers. All four courses are based on guiding principles taken from the rich…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Education Majors, Curriculum Development, Preservice Teacher Education
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