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Liang, Ling L.; Richardson, Greer M. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2009
This study examined the impact of a recently revised science course that engaged preservice teachers in a scaffolded, student-directed inquiry unit on local streams. Upon the completion of the inquiry project, the teacher candidates in the stream study classes demonstrated significantly greater improvement in the personal science teaching efficacy…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Earth Science, Elementary School Teachers, Science Curriculum
Moseley, Christine; Utley, Juliana – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2006
The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of an earth systems science course (integrated mathematics and science content) on preservice elementary teachers' mathematics and science teaching efficacy. Paired t-tests revealed that the personal mathematics and science teaching efficacy and science teaching outcome expectancy significantly…
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, Preservice Teacher Education, Earth Science, Mathematics
Akerson, Valarie L.; Donnelly, Lisa A. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2008
The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship of learner characteristics and preservice teachers' views of nature of science (NOS) prior to formal instruction. Learner characteristics investigated included metacognitive awareness, self-efficacy, attitudes toward science teaching, Perry's intellectual and ethical developmental levels,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Scientific Principles
Cone, Neporcha – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2009
This pilot study investigated the effect of community-based service learning on the self-efficacy beliefs of preservice elementary teachers in regards to equitable science teaching and learning. Using the Self-Efficacy Beliefs About Equitable Science Teaching (SEBEST) instrument (Ritter, Boone, & Rubba, 2001), pre- and posttest data from 32…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses, Self Efficacy, Service Learning
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Tosun, Tarik – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2000
Ascertains the impact of prior science course experience and achievement on the science teaching self-efficacy of preservice teachers. The Science Teaching Efficacy Belief (STEB) instrument-Form B was administered. Results suggest that prior science course experience and achievement have little impact on the belief systems of future teachers.…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Evaluation, Higher Education, Preservice Teachers
Carrier, Sarah J. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2009
Teachers' self-efficacy develops based on their appraisal of their experience with a task or similar tasks. Elementary science education should provide opportunities for students to experience science learning opportunities in authentic settings. This retrospective study describes one example of preservice teachers teaching elementary school…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses
Dickerson, Daniel; Clark, Matthew; Dawkins, Karen; Horne, Cathy – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2006
Although there is a considerable emphasis on inquiry-based, active learning in standards documents, curriculum documents, and textbooks, there exists a great deal of debate regarding the effectiveness of specific curricular and instructional approaches, including kit-based instruction. This study examines the efficacy of science kits in improving…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Textbooks, Active Learning, Teaching Methods
Olson, Joanne K.; Finson, Kevin D. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2009
Instructors of elementary science methods classes have long lamented the significant difficulties their students exhibit when trying to understand the many complexities of teaching science. As noted by some researchers and practicing teachers, preservice teachers often fail to developmentally function at desired levels with respect to…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Education Majors, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science
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Cakiroglu, Jale; Boone, William J. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2002
Examines preservice elementary teachers' understanding of the concepts of photosynthesis and inheritance, explores their self-efficacy beliefs in the teaching of science, and investigates the relationship between the two. Shows that participants held alternative conceptions regarding photosynthesis and inheritance and have generally positive…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Photosynthesis, Preservice Teachers, Science Education
Richardson, Greer M.; Liang, Ling L. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2008
Preservice teachers enrolled in a two-part course entitled Investigations in Mathematics and Science (IMS) were provided inquiry-based mathematics and science instruction in order to develop both content and process skills. This investigation sought to determine the pedagogical nature of the course and the impact it had on its participants.…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy
Duran, Emilio; Ballone-Duran, Lena; Haney, Jodi; Beltyukova, Svetlana – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2009
This report aimed to measure the impact of a unique professional development program entitled Project ASTER III (Active Science Teaching Encourages Reform) on teachers' self-efficacy and perceptions about inquiry-based science teaching. Project ASTER III enabled teachers to explore inquiry-based science teaching through exhibit-based…
Descriptors: Investigations, Self Efficacy, Museums, Program Effectiveness
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Ramey-Gassert, Linda; Shroyer, M. Gail – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 1992
Using the construct of personal self-efficacy as a foundation, methods for building science teaching confidence in preservice teachers are described. Methods include microteaching, cooperative learning, role models, experiential learning, computer use, and others. The interrelatedness of science anxiety, attitude toward science, and low science…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Education
Drake, Kay N.; Long, Deborah – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2009
Seeking improved student performance in elementary schools has led educators to advocate inquiry-based teaching approaches, including problem-based learning (PBL). In PBL, students simultaneously develop problem-solving strategies, disciplinary knowledge bases, collaborative skills, and dispositions. Research into the efficacy of PBL in elementary…
Descriptors: Quasiexperimental Design, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving, Comparative Analysis
Duran, Emilio; Duran, Lena Ballone – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2005
In this paper, the authors describe a model of professional development for early childhood science teachers based on their experiences over the past two years with Project ASTER: Active Science Teaching Encourages Reform. In this project, they have identified seven elements that constitute a quality professional development program. These…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Primary Education
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Lee, Cherin A.; Houseal, Ana – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2003
Reports on a qualitative case study of four teachers researching current factors influencing the teaching of elementary science. Indicates that previously documented constraining factors continue to be obstacles to teaching elementary school science. Pressure to meet district science standards and benchmarks is a new external factor, and…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Hands on Science, Instructional Effectiveness
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