ERIC Number: EJ785009
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Awakening the Scientist Inside: Global Climate Change and the Nature of Science in an Elementary Science Methods Course
Matkins, Juanita Jo; Bell, Randy L.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v18 n2 p137-163 Apr 2007
This investigation assessed the impact of situating explicit nature of science (NOS) instruction within the issues surrounding global climate change and global warming (GCC/GW). Participants in the study were 15 preservice elementary teachers enrolled in a science methods course. The instructional intervention included explicit NOS instruction combined with explicit GCC/GW instruction situated within the normal elementary science methods curriculum. Participants' conceptions of NOS and GCC/GW were assessed with pre- and postadministrations of open-ended questionnaires and interviews. Results indicated that participants' conceptions of NOS and GCC/GW improved over the course of the semester. Furthermore, participants were able to apply their conceptions to decision making about socioscientific issues. The results provide support for context-based NOS instruction in an elementary science methods course.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Scientific Principles, Climate, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
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