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Leavy, Aisling; Hourigan, Mairead; Carroll, Claire – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
This study reports entry-level mathematics attitudes of pre-service primary teachers entering an initial teacher education (ITE) program one decade apart. Attitudes of 360 pre-service primary teachers were compared to 419 pre-service teachers entering the same college of education almost one decade later. The latter experienced reform school…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Teachers
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Jao, Limin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
For pre-service teachers (PSTs) who have been exposed to traditional approaches, teacher education courses can be a revelatory experience in their development as educators. This study explores if Canadian upper elementary/lower secondary (grades 4-10) PSTs change their beliefs about mathematics teaching as a result of taking a mathematics methods…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Student Attitudes
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Martin-Dunlop, Catherine; Fraser, Barry J. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2008
This study assessed the effectiveness of an innovative science course for improving prospective elementary teachers' perceptions of laboratory learning environments and attitudes towards science. The sample consisted of 27 classes with 525 female students in a large urban university. Changing students' ideas about science laboratory teaching and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary Education, Instructional Innovation, Preservice Teachers
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Olson, Joanne K. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2007
A research-based framework for teaching science is a heuristic tool used to help preservice teachers conceptualize many complexities of teaching while making explicit the strategy to use a research-based body of professional knowledge to inform instructional decision-making (Clough, 2003, Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Learning Theories, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science
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Veal, William R.; Jackson, Zachary – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2006
The purpose of this paper is to describe how and why a primary science methods classroom was conceived, designed, and developed for preservice and inservice teachers. Just as science educators believe that students learn best by constructing their knowledge of the natural world with the aid of a teacher and colleagues, science educators also…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Constructivism (Learning), Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses