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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
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Moseley, Christina; Reinke, Kay; Bookout, Veronica – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2003
Evaluates the effect of a training and teaching program for outdoor environmental education on preservice teachers' self-efficacy--a teacher's belief that he or she can teach environmental education effectively. Suggests that preservice teachers' self-efficacy was high before the program and remained unchanged by the training and teaching…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Environmental Education, Outdoor Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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
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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
Jung, Maura Lobos; Tonso, Karen L. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2006
This ethnographic research examined two out-of-school science practica where preservice elementary teachers learned to teach science. We wondered what teachers learned about science and teaching science, how their sense of themselves as science teachers changed, and how such settings might contribute to reform in science education to promote…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Ethnography, Museums
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Jarrett, Olga S. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 1999
Examines the effects of previous experiences in science learning on prospective elementary teachers' interest and confidence in teaching science. Reports on the effect of an inquiry-based science methods course on teacher interest and confidence. Finds that elementary school experience, plus the number of science courses taken in college,…
Descriptors: Educational Experience, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Inquiry
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Eiriksson, Sandra – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 1997
Examines the most common constraints preservice teachers perceive about teaching science, the locus of control for these constraints, and strategies for overcoming the five most common constraints so that teachers can resolve feelings of powerlessness. Constraints include time allotted, financial resources, curriculum standards, peer pressure to…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Elementary School Science, Expectation, Higher Education
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Butts, David P.; Koballa, Thomas R., Jr.; Elliott, Thomas D. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 1997
Explores student attitudes toward and expectations about a science methods course. Science-teaching skills associated with personal survival were prominent both in the expectations of the prospective teachers and in what they valued from such a course. Focus on personal concerns made a difference in the confidence with which teachers approach…
Descriptors: Expectation, Higher Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Knowledge Level
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Moore, Jacquelyn J.; Watson, Scott B. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 1999
Compares the science locus of control and the past science experiences of a group of preservice teachers who had declared an academic concentration in science with elementary education majors in general. Finds that the science-concentration group reported more favorable science experiences from kindergarten through college. Contains 14 references.…
Descriptors: Education Majors, Educational Experience, Elementary Education, Higher Education