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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
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
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
Lawson, Anton E. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2008
Children personally construct explanations of natural phenomena, some of which differ from currently accepted scientific explanations. The replacement of personal explanations with scientific explanations, as well as the development of concrete, formal, and post-formal reasoning patterns, requires self-regulation in which alternative explanations…
Descriptors: Children, Cognitive Structures, Active Learning, Inquiry
Lambert, Julie; Ariza, Eileen N. Whelan – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2008
This report describes an inquiry-based Earth systems curriculum and strategies for teaching diverse students, which were embedded in the curriculum. The curriculum was implemented with 5th-grade students with varied linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds in five schools in a large, southeastern U.S., urban school district. At the end…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Science Instruction, Science Education, Elementary School Science
Richardson, Greer M.; Liang, Ling L. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2008
Preservice teachers enrolled in a two-part course entitled Investigations in Mathematics and Science (IMS) were provided inquiry-based mathematics and science instruction in order to develop both content and process skills. This investigation sought to determine the pedagogical nature of the course and the impact it had on its participants.…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy
Van Hook, Stephen J.; Huziak-Clark, Tracy L. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2007
This study reports changes in kindergarten students' understanding of magnets after participating in a series of hands-on, inquiry-based lessons. The lessons focused on the dipole nature of magnets and employed a visual representation of a magnet as an arrow for the kindergarten students. This dipole model was used to describe how magnets interact…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Magnets, Scientific Concepts, Young Children
Dickerson, Daniel; Clark, Matthew; Dawkins, Karen; Horne, Cathy – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2006
Although there is a considerable emphasis on inquiry-based, active learning in standards documents, curriculum documents, and textbooks, there exists a great deal of debate regarding the effectiveness of specific curricular and instructional approaches, including kit-based instruction. This study examines the efficacy of science kits in improving…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Textbooks, Active Learning, Teaching Methods
Jeanpierre, Bobby – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2006
This article reports the results of a survey on K-8 teachers' inquiry beliefs and practices. The survey in this study was part of the National Science Foundation-supported, five-year, in-depth longitudinal case studies aimed at elucidating K-8 classroom teachers' motivations, goals, and purposes for carrying out inquiry in diverse, low SES…
Descriptors: Research Skills, Inquiry, Teacher Attitudes, Longitudinal Studies
Luera, Gail R.; Moyer, Richard H.; Everett, Susan A. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2005
Although various governmental and professional organizations recommend that teachers use an inquiry-based approach to science education, most teachers do not use this pedagogy. Lack of content knowledge and/or insufficient skills in planning inquiry-based lessons may contribute to teachers' reluctance to utilize this methodological approach. This…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
Van Hook, Stephen; Huziak, Tracy; Nowak, Katherine – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2005
This study examines the development of mental models of air by kindergarten students after completing a series of hands-on, inquiry-based science lessons. The lessons focused on two properties of air: (1) that air takes up space and (2) that it is made of particles ("balls of air"). The students were interviewed about their ideas of air and about…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Science Instruction, Inquiry, Hands on Science
Gallenstein, Nancy L. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2005
The purpose of this article is to present various techniques that will engage young children, ages 3-8, in learning science and mathematics. Children actively engage in acquiring basic science and mathematics concepts as they explore their environment. The methods presented are intended to meet the developmental levels of young learners as they…
Descriptors: Young Children, Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts
Katz, Laurie; Sadler, Kim; Craig, Dorothy V. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2005
This study examined the use of science professors acting as mentors to enhance the science competency of early childhood educators. Findings indicate that mentor-mentee dyad interactions varied; however, mentors were able to assist with curriculum, science content, and resources. Although standards-based units were developed, there was little…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mentors, Science Instruction, College Faculty
Glynn, Shawn M.; Winter, Linda K. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2004
Contextual Teaching and Learning (CTL) integrates inquiry, problem- and project-based learning, cooperative learning, and authentic assessment. Case studies were carried out on 21 teachers who used CTL to teach science in elementary schools to diverse groups of children. The findings indicated that the conditions that fostered the implementation…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Elementary Schools, Context Effect, Performance Based Assessment
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