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Lotter, Christine; Carnes, Nathan; Marshall, Jeff C.; Hoppmann, Richard; Kiernan, Daniel A.; Barth, Steven G.; Smith, Christina – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2020
This research investigated 20 middle and high school teachers' use of project-based learning curriculum after engaging in a 115-hour professional development program that was developed collaboratively with medical school and education faculty. The project-based learning (PBL) unit centered on the case of Marcus Brown (a pseudonym), a high school…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Faculty Development
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Sjöberg, Marlene; Nyberg, Eva – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2020
Professional knowledge for science teaching develops over time and interplays with professional experiences in field. In the present study, we explore student teachers' reflective conversation upon teaching experiences, with pedagogical content knowledge, PCK, as an analytical lens. The empirical data is based on nine meetings, with groups of 3-6…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Teaching Methods
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Garner, Joanna K.; Kaplan, Avi; Hathcock, Stephanie; Bergey, Bradley – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2020
Two common goals of science teacher professional development (PD) are increased content knowledge (CK) and improved readiness to teach through inquiry. However, PD assessment challenges arise when the context is structured around inquiry-based, participant-driven learning, and when the content crosses scientific disciplines. This study extended…
Descriptors: High School Teachers, Science Teachers, Scientific Literacy, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Weitzel, Holger; Blank, Robert – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2020
Prospective teachers perceive peer coaching as a supportive learning opportunity providing benefits in peers' engagement in active learning, communicative competences, and critical thinking about teaching. Little is known about whether peer coaching also promotes the development of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) in teacher education, which is…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Preservice Teacher Education, Biology
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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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Lederman, Norman G.; Lederman, Judith S. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
This study provides an example of a systematic professional development project designed to build capacity for the teaching of nature of science and scientific inquiry, while not sacrificing the learning of more traditional science subject matter. Specifically, this project examined the impact of a 5-year professional development project on K-12…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles
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Günther, Sarah Lena; Fleige, Jennifer; zu Belzen, Annette Upmeier; Krüger, Dirk – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and content knowledge (CK) are important dimensions of teachers' professional knowledge that are addressed in education programs for science teachers. In this article we present the structure, content, and evaluation of a preservice biology teachers' training program (N=173) to develop an elaborate understanding…
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Preservice Teachers, Biology, Science Instruction
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Mawyer, Kirsten K. N.; Johnson, Heather J. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Educational reform needs to address the role of literacy in science if there is to be any hope of achieving the goal of literacy for all U.S. students. For reading to play a more prominent role in secondary science, teacher education programs need to develop and offer courses that familiarize preservice science teachers with disciplinary literacy.…
Descriptors: Reading Strategies, Scientific Literacy, Secondary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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Ogodo, Justina A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Many high school classrooms in the United States have physics teachers who are teaching the subject outside their certified content areas because of a severe shortage of physics teachers. There is a critical need to improve the knowledge base of these out-of-field teachers. This comparative case study examined the instructional practice of…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement, Physics, High School Teachers, Secondary School Science
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Wang, Jianlan; Sneed, Stacey – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Inquiry, central in science education reforms for decades, is a critical element required in many teacher education programs. However, the instruction of inquiry-oriented pedagogies in those programs has limited impacts on science preservice teachers (PSTs) who arefvn the agent of transforming classroom instruction. The challenges include the…
Descriptors: Design, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Elementary Education
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Scharfenberg, Franz-Josef; Bogner, Franz X. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
To meet the requirements of students' cooperative learning, our quasi-experimental study addresses how preservice teachers (PSTs), as a component of their procedural pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), might develop more adequate tutor-student interactions during students' experimentation. Applying the assignment-assistance tutoring model, we…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Tutoring, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers