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Abell, Sandra K. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1997
Addresses the current professional development techniques of science educators. Questions whether a course in 'Research in Science Teacher Education' is needed at the doctoral level. Determines that doctoral programs need to be aligned with the knowledge base of science teachers. (MVL)
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Educational Research, Higher Education, Professional Development
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Lavoie, Derrick R. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1997
Determines the effects of teaching five university science content/education courses to high school science teachers via computers and modems. Uses instructor interviews and participant surveys to assess attitudes and learning outcomes relative to course delivery, the effectiveness of the electronic medium, and participant/instructor interactions.…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Higher Education
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Rye, James A.; Dana, Thomas M. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1997
Investigates the teaching beliefs and practices of a research scientist faculty member engaged in Science-Technology-Society (STS) instruction at a major postsecondary institution. Focuses on what large research universities could do to foster quality teaching in courses that satisfied general degree requirements in the natural sciences.…
Descriptors: Faculty, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Science and Society
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Jinks, Jerry; Morgan, Vicky L. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1996
Compares the academic efficacy beliefs of 7th and 8th grade students from an inner city K-8 school with those from a suburban junior high school. Results suggest that understanding more about students' sense of academic efficacy and the role those beliefs might play in science achievement may have important implications for both curriculum and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Middle Schools, Science Instruction
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Hammer, David; DiMauro, Vanessa – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1996
Describes preliminary exploration of a use for telecommunications in preservice teacher education. Reviews student teacher involvement in using electronic bulletin boards and e-mail to communicate with practicing teachers and scientists. (Author/MVL)
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Electronic Mail, Higher Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Cobern, William W. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1997
Conducts an investigation derived from the logico-structural theory of worldview for the purpose of examining the relationship between science interest and variations in the causal universal within college students' worldviews. Concludes that the investigation lends corroboration to the logico-structural theory of worldview and provides a further…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Logical Thinking, Measures (Individuals), Science Interests
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Scharmann, Lawrence C.; Shroyer, M. Gail; Lee, Cherin Ann – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1997
This study is an ex post facto story of critical decisions in which an instructor improved instructional practice and his students (n=104) gained confidence in their ability to make use of a powerful teaching strategy. This action research study concerned improving the quality of a secondary science teaching methods course. (Author/MVL)
Descriptors: Action Research, Higher Education, Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education
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Norby, Rena Faye – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1997
Women are still not equally represented in many careers in technology and science. A role model survey was modified and sent by e-mail to a randomly selected set of women in technology. Summarizes the results of the responses to that survey and suggests some implications for teacher and scientific professional planning and instruction. (Author/MVL)
Descriptors: Adults, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Females, Occupational Surveys
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Gess-Newsome, Julie – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1999
Explores potential answers to the question, How do we best ensure adequate and appropriate science instruction at the elementary level? Outlines, through an examination of scientific literacy, the attributes needed in a teacher for effective science instruction. Evaluates five delivery models for elementary science instruction. Concludes with a…
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Elementary Education, Instructional Systems, Professional Development
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Pyle, Eric J.; Akins-Moffatt, Jennifer – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1999
Reports on a study designed to (a) determine the effects of visually-enhanced, hands-on student instruction as compared with non-visually enhanced hands-on instruction, and (b) test the feasibility of using simple concept map-like structures as a means of determining student conceptual growth in a non-language dependent manner. Concludes that the…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inquiry, Professional Development
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Crowther, David T. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1999
Presents one way to use an organized approach to investigation in order to compare and contrast different paper towel brands for their absorption capabilities. Uses investigation procedures rather than formal experimentation procedures due to the nature of the investigation. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Science Activities, Science Experiments, Science Instruction
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Settlage, John – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2000
Describes how 3rd grade students' photographs were used to assess the influence of hands-on science instruction within an urban classroom. The photos and individual interviews were used to assess: (1) what the students perceived was included and involved with science; (2) how the students connected their school science experiences to their daily…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Photographs, Photography, Science Education
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Cobern, William W.; Loving, Cathleen C. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2000
Uses ideas about nature held by four high school science teachers to illustrate how any abstract notion of a scientific worldview does not adequately describe the perspectives of scientifically knowledgeable individuals such as competent secondary school science teachers. Effective science education helps students develop an understanding of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Scientific Principles, Secondary Education
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Lilly, James Edward; Sirochman, Rudy F. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2000
Introduces a curriculum model for teaching physical science to the pre-service elementary school teacher entitled "Powerful Ideas in Physical Science (PIPS)". This model was developed by members of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and is inquiry-based, hands-on, and discrepant-event based. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Experiential Learning, Hands on Science, Preservice Teachers
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Laipply, Richelle S. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2000
Investigations of scientific concepts using inquiry can be included in the traditional college lecture. This lesson uses the Learning Cycle to demonstrate therapeutic drug range, a basic concept in pharmaceutical science. Students use graphing to discover patterns as a part of data analysis and interpretation of provided investigation data.…
Descriptors: Graphs, Higher Education, Inquiry, Learning Processes
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