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García-Carmona, Antonio; Criado, Ana M.; Cruz-Guzmán, Marta – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
A diagnostic study is presented of the prior experiences, conceptions, and pedagogical valuations of prospective primary teachers (PPTs) about experimental activities (ExA's) in science education. The participants were 121 PPTs who, in small teams, responded to various questions related to ExA. Their responses were analysed interpretively with…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education, Science Education, Science Experiments
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Irish, Tobias; Kang, Nam-Hwa – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
This multiple case study examines how teachers request students' use of their content knowledge and conceptual understandings from out-of-school experiences while reasoning about science concepts and the ways in which students perceive and respond to these requests. Three middle school teachers and a total of 57 middle school students participated…
Descriptors: Experience, Science Instruction, Relevance (Education), Middle School Students