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Drake, Kay N.; Long, Deborah – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2009
Seeking improved student performance in elementary schools has led educators to advocate inquiry-based teaching approaches, including problem-based learning (PBL). In PBL, students simultaneously develop problem-solving strategies, disciplinary knowledge bases, collaborative skills, and dispositions. Research into the efficacy of PBL in elementary…
Descriptors: Quasiexperimental Design, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving, Comparative Analysis
Tippett, Christine – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2009
In the past two decades, the role of language in the science curriculum has become prominent in science education literature. From a constructivist perspective, language mediates social interaction and meaning is constructed as learners interpret and reinterpret events through the lens of prior knowledge. This perspective applied to the science…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Persuasive Discourse, Prior Learning, Interpersonal Relationship
Yager, Robert E.; Choi, AeRan; Yager, Stuart O.; Akcay, Hakan – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2009
Fifteen 4th-, 5th-, and 6th-grade teachers from five school districts each taught two sections of science--one with a Science-Technology-Society (STS) approach and the other with a more traditional textbook approach in which basic science concepts were the major organizers. Local, current, and personally relevant issues provided the context and…
Descriptors: Science and Society, Effect Size, Science Teachers, Teaching Methods
Cone, Neporcha – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2009
This pilot study investigated the effect of community-based service learning on the self-efficacy beliefs of preservice elementary teachers in regards to equitable science teaching and learning. Using the Self-Efficacy Beliefs About Equitable Science Teaching (SEBEST) instrument (Ritter, Boone, & Rubba, 2001), pre- and posttest data from 32…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses, Self Efficacy, Service Learning
Carrier, Sarah J. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2009
Teachers' self-efficacy develops based on their appraisal of their experience with a task or similar tasks. Elementary science education should provide opportunities for students to experience science learning opportunities in authentic settings. This retrospective study describes one example of preservice teachers teaching elementary school…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses
Varma, Tina; Volkmann, Mark; Hanuscin, Deborah – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2009
Literature indicates that the "National Science Education Standards" ("NSES") teaching standards and inquiry-based teaching strategies for science are not uniformly incorporated into the elementary science methods (eSEM) courses across the U.S. and that field experiences might not provide appropriate models of the inquiry-based science pedagogy…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum
Glen, Nicole J.; Dotger, Sharon – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2009
This qualitative study examined how three teachers of upper elementary students used science vocabulary in their lessons. The data revealed that teachers used vocabulary to label science phenomena and interpret scientific concepts for students. The practice of labeling was used more extensively than interpreting. Teachers did not help their…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Concept Formation
Trundle, Kathy Cabe; Troland, Thomas H.; Pritchard, T. Gail – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2008
This review focused on the written and visual representation of the moon in 80 children's books, including Caldecott Medal and Honor books over the past 20 years. Results revealed that many of these books misrepresent the moon and even reinforce misconceptions about lunar phases. Teachers who use children's literature that misrepresents the moon…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Astronomy, Scientific Concepts, Media Specialists
Akerson, Valarie L.; Donnelly, Lisa A. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2008
The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship of learner characteristics and preservice teachers' views of nature of science (NOS) prior to formal instruction. Learner characteristics investigated included metacognitive awareness, self-efficacy, attitudes toward science teaching, Perry's intellectual and ethical developmental levels,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Scientific Principles
Stein, Mary; Larrabee, Timothy G.; Barman, Charles R. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2008
The Science Belief Test is an online instrument comprised of 47 statements that require true or false responses and request written explanations to accompany these responses. It targets topics in chemistry, physics, biology, earth science, and astronomy and was initially designed to assess preservice elementary teachers' beliefs about general…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Misconceptions, Physical Sciences, Knowledge Base for Teaching
Morrison, Judith – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2008
In this study, elementary preservice teachers used science notebooks throughout their science methods course to write about all aspects of science and scientific inquiry. The views regarding the use of science notebooks were explored in order to determine the preservice teachers' attitudes and perceptions toward their use. The findings…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education, Formative Evaluation
Upadhyay, Bhaskar; DeFranco, Cristina – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2008
This study compares 3rd-grade elementary students' gain and retention of science vocabulary over time in two different classes--"connected science instruction" versus "direct instruction." Data analysis yielded that students who received connected science instruction showed less gain in science knowledge in the short term compared to students who…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Grade 3, Elementary School Students
Rearden, Kristin T.; Broemmel, Amy D. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2008
Resources for selecting high-quality elementary science trade books include lists exclusively for science and those that contain a broad spectrum of content foci such as the IRA's "Teachers' Choices" list. In this study, the genres and content areas of science-based "Teachers' Choices" books from the list's inception in 1988 through 2004 were…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Elementary School Science, Content Analysis, Science Instruction
Hanuscin, Deborah L.; Lee, Michele H. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2008
The learning cycle has been embraced as a teaching approach that is consistent with the goals of the "National Science Education Standards" (National Research Council, 1996). Science teacher educators may be disappointed to find, however, that preservice teachers may fail to grasp this model, even after extensive instruction (e.g., Settlage,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Learning Processes, Teaching Models, Science Instruction
Van Hook, Stephen J.; Huziak-Clark, Tracy L. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2008
This study examines changes in kindergarten students' understanding of energy after participating in a series of lessons developed using an inquiry-based early childhood science teaching model: Research-based Inquiry Physics Experiences (RIPE). The lessons addressed where objects get their energy and what they use their energy to do, and how…
Descriptors: Physics, Kindergarten, Science Instruction, Inquiry
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