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ERIC Number: EJ999943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1609-4913
An Evaluation of an Elementary Science Methods Course with Respect to Preservice Teacher's Pedagogical Development
Lee, Carole Kwan-Ping
Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, v13 n2 Article 14 Dec 2012
The science methods course is a requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education licensure program in a mid-west state university in the U.S.A. In one semester, the author decided to evaluate the effectiveness of the science methods course in pedagogical content knowledge areas such as theory, planning and implementation. Adapting the instrument of Hudson and Ginns (2007), the author used a questionnaire to understand what preservice elementary teachers learned in the course. Results showed that topics such as classroom management, learning environment and hands-on lessons were well understood by the preservice elementary teachers as they had acquired similar knowledge in other education methods classes. Areas which needed improvement were the nature of science and the implementation of the science curriculum. Also, the findings showed that preservice elementary teachers had a strong positive attitude in science teaching and learning. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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