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Pleasants, Jacob; Olson, Joanne K.; De La Cruz, Iliana – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2020
With the growing adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards across the United States, elementary teachers are being called upon to incorporate engineering into their science instruction, creating a need for ways to help elementary teachers better understand what engineering is and how to accurately communicate it to students. The present…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Engineering Education
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Hanuscin, Deborah L.; de Araujo, Zandra; Cisterna, Dante; Lipsitz, Kelsey; van Garderen, Delinda – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2020
There is growing recognition of the prevalence of "within school churn", a phenomenon in which teachers remain within a school but are assigned a new grade level or course. In this study we examine the consequences of within-school churn for the pedagogical content knowledge of elementary teacher participants in an NSF-funded science PD…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Standards, Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction
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Pleasants, Jacob; Olson, Joanne K.; Tank, Kristina M. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Engineering design activities are a common way for teachers to incorporate engineering into their science classrooms, as called for by current science policy documents in the United States. However, little is known about how teachers prioritize different learning objectives during engineering design lessons. Understanding teachers' thinking on…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Design