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Kademian, Sylvie M.; Arias, Anna Maria; Davis, Elizabeth A.; Palincsar, Annemarie Sullivan – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2017
The purpose of this study was to determine how elementary teachers used scientific language during a whole-class discussion to describe 3 biological phenomena (interactions, dependent relationships, and interdependent relationships) with and without educative curricula. Findings revealed that the ways in which the 6 teachers enacted the discussion…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Elementary School Science, Instructional Materials
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Pytash, Kristine E. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2013
Educators have argued the need for greater attention on how teachers learn to teach writing in science (Kelly and Bazerman in "Appl Linguist" 24(1):28-55, 2003; Martin in "Writing science: literacy and discursive power." University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, pp 166-202, 1993). This article summarizes the findings of a…
Descriptors: Science Education, Writing Skills, Inquiry, Preservice Teachers
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Borgerding, Lisa A.; Dagistan, Murat – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2018
The teaching of socioscientific issues (SSI) holds promise for advancing functional scientific literacy, promoting critical thinking, and providing an interesting context for learning required science content, but few teachers actually employ this teaching method in K-12 classrooms. One common reason cited by teachers is their concern about the…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Preservice Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers
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Adler, Idit; Zion, Michal; Rimerman-Shmueli, Esther – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
This study examined teachers' expressions of the dynamic characteristics of open inquiry, which emphasize the scientific, continuous, and flexible thinking and affective aspects associated with the inquiry process. Metacognitive prompts supported teachers' reflections as they engaged in an open inquiry process. Using both qualitative and…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Cues, Metacognition, Active Learning
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Cutucache, Christine E.; Leas, Heather D.; Grandgenett, Neal F.; Nelson, Kari L.; Rodie, Steven; Shuster, Robert; Schaben, Chris; Tapprich, William E. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2017
The overall purpose of this multifocused study was to explore how participation in genuine mentored scientific research experiences impacts in-service science teachers and the knowledge and skills needed for their own science teaching. The research experiences resulted from a partnership between the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Omaha…
Descriptors: Mentors, Inservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers, Science Instruction
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Bismack, Amber Schultz; Arias, Anna Maria; Davis, Elizabeth A.; Palincsar, Annemarie Sullivan – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2014
The purpose of this study was to describe how teachers used and adapted a set of curriculum materials that included opportunities for students to engage in scientific practices. Two-fourth-grade teachers in the same school were observed and interviewed. Findings revealed that teachers enacted almost every type of scientific practice in the…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Curriculum, Teaching Methods
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Günther, Sarah Lena; Fleige, Jennifer; zu Belzen, Annette Upmeier; Krüger, Dirk – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and content knowledge (CK) are important dimensions of teachers' professional knowledge that are addressed in education programs for science teachers. In this article we present the structure, content, and evaluation of a preservice biology teachers' training program (N=173) to develop an elaborate understanding…
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Preservice Teachers, Biology, Science Instruction
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Richmond, Gail; Parker, Joyce M.; Kaldaras, Leonora – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2016
The Next-Generation Science Standards (NGSS) call for a different approach to learning science. They promote three-dimensional (3D) learning that blends disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts and scientific practices. In this study, we examined explanations constructed by secondary science teacher candidates (TCs) as a scientific practice…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Science Instruction
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Fishman, Evan J.; Borko, Hilda; Osborne, Jonathan; Gomez, Florencia; Rafanelli, Stephanie; Reigh, Emily; Tseng, Anita; Million, Susan; Berson, Eric – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2017
Considerable evidence suggests that dialogical interaction in the classroom promotes students' scientific knowledge building and reasoning. Hence, scientific argumentation is recognized as a central component of the Next Generation Science Standards. A focus on argumentation, however, requires teachers to adopt instructional practices that…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Process Skills
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Santau, Alexandra O.; Maerten-Rivera, Jaime L.; Bovis, Stephanie; Orend, Jacob – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2014
Since the beginning of the reform movement in science education, there has been concern that elementary teachers lack the science content knowledge (SCK) needed to engage students in authentic scientific inquiry. This study included 19 preservice elementary teachers and examined the development of their SCK within the context of a uniquely…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Methods Courses
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Brown, Sherri; Melear, Claudia – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2007
To promote the use of scientific inquiry methods in K-12 classrooms, departments of teacher education must provide science teachers with experiences using such methods. To comply with state and national mandates, an apprenticeship course was designed to afford preservice secondary science teachers opportunities to engage in an authentic, extended,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Secondary Education, Apprenticeships
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Benedict-Chambers, Amanda; Aram, Roberta – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2017
This study explores the potential of a set of Tools for Teacher Noticing in helping novice teachers learn to notice and reason about features of ambitious science teaching. A total of 53 novice teachers in an elementary science methods course were taught to use 4 tools to enact and reflect on reform-oriented science teaching. In 159 written…
Descriptors: Reflection, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills
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Subramaniam, Karthigeyan; Esprivalo Harrell, Pamela – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2013
The paper details an exploratory qualitative study that investigated 61 prospective teachers' conceptual understanding of dissolving salt and sugar in water respectively. The study was set within a 15-week elementary science methods course that included a 5E learning cycle lesson on dissolving, the instructional context. Oversby's…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Preservice Teachers, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Kenyon, Lisa; Davis, Elizabeth A.; Hug, Barbara – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2011
Engaging children in scientific practices is hard for beginning teachers. One such scientific practice with which beginning teachers may have limited experience is scientific modeling. We have iteratively designed preservice teacher learning experiences and materials intended to help teachers achieve learning goals associated with scientific…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Academic Achievement, Science Teachers
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Akerson, Valarie L.; Townsend, J. Scott; Donnelly, Lisa A.; Hanson, Deborah L.; Tira, Praweena; White, Orvil – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2009
This paper summarizes the findings from a K-6 professional development program that emphasized scientific inquiry and nature of science within the theme of scientific modeling. During the 2-week summer workshop and follow up school year workshops, the instruction modeled a 5-E learning cycle approach. Pre and posttesting measured teachers' views…
Descriptors: Definitions, Scientific Principles, Learning Processes, Elementary School Teachers
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