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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
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Hanuscin, Deborah L.; Cisterna, Dante; Lipsitz, Kelsey – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2018
The Next Generation Science Standards call for changes in not only what is taught in elementary science but also how students engage in the learning experience to develop understanding of core disciplinary ideas. In this study we examined 5th-grade teachers' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) for 1 particular core idea: the small particle model…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Grade 5, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Capps, Daniel K.; Crawford, Barbara A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2013
Anecdotal accounts from science educators suggest that few teachers are teaching science as inquiry. However, there is little empirical evidence to support this claim. This study aimed to provide evidence-based documentation of the state-of-use of inquiry-based instruction and explicit instruction about nature of science (NOS). We examined the…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Direct Instruction, Science Instruction