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Krall, Rebecca McNall; Lott, Kimberly H.; Wymer, Carol L. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2009
The purpose of this descriptive study was to investigate inservice elementary and middle school teachers' conceptions of photosynthesis and respiration, basic concepts they are expected to teach. A forced-choice instrument assessing selected standards-based life science concepts with non-scientific conceptions embedded in distracter options was…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Botany, Biology, Middle School Teachers
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Saderholm, Jon C.; Tretter, Thomas R. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2008
Much has been said about what science content students need to learn (e.g., "Benchmarks for Science Literacy, National Science Education Standards"). Less has been said about what science content teachers need to know to teach the content students are expected to learn. This study analyzed four standards documents and assessment frameworks to…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Science Teachers, Scientific Literacy, Science Instruction
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Appleton, Ken – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2008
Elementary teachers are typically hesitant to teach science. While a limited knowledge of science content is a reason for this, limited science pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) has emerged as another reason in recent research. This study constitutes two case studies of a professional development program for elementary teachers involving…
Descriptors: Mentors, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Science Instruction, Elementary School Teachers
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Coenders, Fer; Terlouw, Cees; Dijkstra, Sanne – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2008
In this article, we describe the results of a study of chemistry high school teachers' beliefs (N = 7) of the chemistry curriculum and their roles, their beliefs on the teacher as developer of materials, and their beliefs about professional development. Teachers' beliefs influence the implementation of a curriculum. We view the use of a new…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Chemistry, Secondary School Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Monet, Julie A.; Etkina, Eugenia – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2008
This paper describes the analysis of teachers' journal reflections during an inquiry-based professional development program. As a part of their learning experience, participants reflected on what they learned and how they learned. Progress of subject matter and pedagogical content knowledge was assessed though surveys and pre- and posttests. We…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Teachers, Learning Experience, Professional Development
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Boz, Nihat; Boz, Yezdan – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2008
The purpose of this study was to investigate prospective chemistry teachers' knowledge about instructional strategies, one component of pedagogical content knowledge about introducing particulate theory, as well as sources of this knowledge. Twenty-two prospective chemistry teachers participated in the study. Data were collected by the means of a…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Chemistry, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Lee, Okhee; Adamson, Karen; Maerten-Rivera, Jaime; Lewis, Scott; Thornton, Constance; LeRoy, Kathryn – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2008
Our 5-year professional development intervention is designed to promote elementary teachers' knowledge, beliefs, and practices in teaching science, along with English language and mathematics for English Language Learning (ELL) students in urban schools. In this study, we used an end-of-year questionnaire as a primary data source to seek teachers'…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Mathematics Education, Intervention, Science Achievement
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Sherman, Ann; MacDonald, Leo – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2007
This paper describes a module provided to first year elementary participants in a two-year after-degree Bachelor of Education program. The module was specifically designed to address the fact that pre-service teachers can enter the B.Ed. degree with little or no science knowledge. Science experiences were explicitly incorporated into the B.Ed.…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Science Education, Preservice Teachers
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Schwarz, Christina V.; Meyer, Jason; Sharma, Ajay – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2007
This study infused computer modeling and simulation tools in a 1-semester undergraduate elementary science methods course to advance preservice teachers' understandings of computer software use in science teaching and to help them learn important aspects of pedagogy and epistemology. Preservice teachers used computer modeling and simulation tools…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Epistemology, Educational Technology, Computer Software
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Bradbury, Leslie Upson; Koballa, Thomas R., Jr. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2007
Mentoring is often an important component of alternative certification programs, yet little is known about what novices learn about science teaching through mentoring relationships. This study investigated the advice given by two mentor science teachers to their proteges. Findings indicate that mentors gave more advice related to general…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Mentors, Teacher Education Programs, Scientific Principles
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Weinburgh, Molly – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2007
This study explores the extent to which an activity used in an elementary science methods course affected the preservice teachers' content knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy. The participants were 172 students enrolled in five sections of elementary science methods. Students participated in a 9-week investigation on life cycles using…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum
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Koch, Janice; Appleton, Ken – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2007
This study describes an elementary science model of professional development through mentoring by university science education professors working with teachers at a private elementary school in a regional city in Queensland, Australia. A cross-cultural collaboration involving professors from the United States and Australia resulted in the socially…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Science Education, Faculty Development
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Yoon, Susan; Pedretti, Erminia; Pedretti, Larry; Hewitt, Jim; Perris, Kirk; Van Oostveen, Roland – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2006
In this study, we hypothesize that cases demonstrating exemplary practice in the science classroom can be used as a source for learning content and pedagogical skills that will improve teachers' self-efficacy beliefs. Twelve preservice elementary science teachers are followed as they participate in a case and case method activity illustrating the…
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Science Instruction
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Trundle, Kathy Cabe; Atwood, Ronald K.; Christopher, John E. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2006
The purpose of this study was to describe selected content knowledge held by 52 preservice elementary teachers about the observable phases of the moon and the monthly pattern of change in observable phases. Data were obtained from participants in a physics course before and after they received inquiry-based instruction designed to promote…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Astronomy, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Bleicher, Robert E. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2006
The purpose of this study was to examine changes in personal science teaching self-efficacy (PSTE), outcome expectancy (STOE), and science conceptual understanding and relationships among these in preservice teachers. Seventy preservice teachers enrolled in science teaching methods courses participated in this study. PSTE, STOE, and science…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Instruction
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