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de Graaf, Arjan; Westbroek, Hanna; Janssen, Fred – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
In this study we investigated how a theoretical framework we developed for making differentiated instruction practical worked out in a trajectory (1 year, 5 sessions) that aimed to support 5 secondary biology teachers in designing differentiated instruction practices. The key feature of the framework is the development of cost-effective…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Biology, Science Teachers, Genetics
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Wu, Shelly C.; Silveus, Allison; Vasquez, Stacy; Biffi, Daniella; Silva, Cecilia; Weinburgh, Molly – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
To bridge the gap for English language learners (ELLs) in science, hybrid language affords the opportunity for students to communicate through various modes, including natural language, visual representations, mathematical expressions, and manual-technical operations. The purpose of this study was to investigate how ELLs use hybrid language (a) to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, English Language Learners, Language Usage, Persuasive Discourse
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Heineke, Amy J.; Smetana, Lara; Carlson Sanei, Jenna – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Teacher education programs are responsible for preparing science teachers for today's culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms, which includes preparing them to support students' science learning and language development. Given the rapid growth in linguistic diversity across the country, science teacher preparation for English learners,…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Bilingualism, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers
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Karlström, Matti; Hamza, Karim – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Although microteaching is a common approach to engaging preservice teachers in reflection on teaching in on-campus courses, this reflection is usually carried out as a separate part. We examined how preservice middle school science teachers reflected amid planning a 20-min microteaching unit on sustainable development. Six groups of preservice…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers, Reflective Teaching
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Luft, Julie A.; Whitworth, Brooke A.; Berry, Amanda; Navy, Shannon; Kind, Vanessa – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Science teacher professional development is complex. Phases in a teacher's career necessitate different professional learning opportunities. Furthermore, knowledge bases, practices, and attributes need to be cultivated during these times. For science teachers, it is not always evident how to link professional learning opportunities progressively…
Descriptors: Science Education, Teacher Educators, Science Teachers, Transformative Learning
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Campbell, Todd; McKenna, Thomas J.; Fazio, Xavier; Hetherington-Coy, Amy; Pierce, Patrick – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
This research investigates the assumptions underlying the work of a research-practice partnership (RPP) made up of university science teacher educators and mentoring science teachers. With increased attention to what have been described as significant shifts proposed in science teaching and learning connected to recent standards documents in the…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Partnerships in Education, Teacher Educators, Mentors
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Spatz, Verena; Wilhelm, Thomas; Hopf, Martin; Waltner, Christine; Wiesner, Hartmut – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
The project described here was aimed at developing and evaluating a novel curriculum with corresponding instructional materials for middle school students on an introduction to Newtonian mechanics, based on physics education research findings. A case study showed that teachers who attended a half-day workshop on the curriculum subsequently enacted…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Faculty Development, Curriculum Development
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Sinapuelas, Michelle L.; Lardy, Corinne; Korb, Michele A.; Bae, Christine Lee; DiStefano, Rachelle – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC, 2012) on which they are based, describe a new vision for science education that includes having students learn science in a way that more closely aligns to how scientists and engineers work and think. Accomplishing this goal will require teacher…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers, Science Instruction
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Harrell, Pamela Esprívalo; Thompson, Ruthanne; Brooks, Kanini – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
This 5-year study investigated transfer and retention behavior for 76 science and mathematics teachers in the United States. Counter to the research literature, a bivariate correlation analysis showed that poverty, minority composition, and passing state exams did not impact a decision to transfer schools after the 1st year of teaching, although…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Poverty, Discipline
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Jackson, Julie K.; Huerta, Margarita; Garza, Tiberio; Narvaez, Rose – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
This study addressed the pressing need to help adolescent English learning and economically disadvantaged student populations succeed in science and close achievement gaps. It reports the results of a two-year professional development initiative implemented at a high-poverty suburban high school in South Texas. We examined how the combination of…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, High School Students, At Risk Students, Economically Disadvantaged
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Thompson, Stephen L.; Emmer, Ed – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
This exploratory case study centered on 3 beginning elementary science teachers who experienced variations in practice-based instructional approaches within their elementary teacher development sequence. We define "practice-based instructional approaches" as engaging with teaching approximations that occur in authentic classroom settings…
Descriptors: Methods Courses, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Gul, Tugce; Demir, Kadir; Criswell, Brett – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Mentoring, as one of the formal teacher leadership roles, creates a space for teachers to display their leadership potential as it indirectly brings value to the school community (Ensher & Murphy, 2006). The purpose of this qualitative case study is to examine mentor teachers' perceptions whether they transfer their evolving mentoring skills…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Mentors, Leadership Training, Leadership Role
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McFadden, Justin – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
The current study, a uniquely challenging failed partnership, describes via an exploratory case study design the endeavors of a single middle school science teacher as he translated the reform messages of the Next Generation Science Standards into actual classroom practice. Data collected from both within and outside of the classroom revealed the…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Science Teachers, Educational Change, Academic Standards
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Tsybulsky, Dina; Oz, Atar – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
The current research is based on the phenomenological-qualitative paradigm. The goal was to examine the significant experiences, attitudes, and pedagogical practices of 17 Israeli student teachers in the science-teaching track regarding the use of project-based learning (PBL) as a pedagogical method, which they implemented in elementary schools…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Program Implementation, Problem Based Learning, Elementary Schools
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Feldman, Allan; O¨zalp, Dilek – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
National and international standards documents are calling for science teachers to teach their students how to engage in the practices of science. Previous studies have found that most science teachers do not have the knowledge and skill to do this because they have not had experience engaging authentically in science. One way to overcome this…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education, Teacher Researchers, Research Skills
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