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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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Carrier, Sarah J.; Grifenhagen, Jill F. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2020
The academic language of science includes science content words and words that describe the practices of scientists. The present study examined science vocabulary knowledge and science vocabulary instruction practices of pre-service teachers enrolled in a primary science methods course. This exploratory mixed-methods study presents quantitative…
Descriptors: Academic Language, Vocabulary Development, Science Instruction, Preservice Teachers
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Kawasaki, Jarod; Sandoval, William A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2020
We report on seven secondary science teachers' initial efforts to understand and enact NGSS-aligned teaching. After interviewing and observing them over the course of the school year, we found that teachers revised their lessons to include instructional strategies that aimed to meet the demands of the NGSS. Yet at times, the purpose for which…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Goal Orientation, Science Instruction, Faculty Development
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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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McHugh, Luisa; Kelly, Angela M.; Burghardt, M. David – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2018
Contemporary research has suggested that for students to compete globally, pedagogy must shift to emphasize the infusion of mathematics into science instruction to strengthen understanding. Innovative professional development programs are necessary to achieve this goal, particularly with respect to teaching graphing skills in the context of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Students, Science Process Skills
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Kademian, Sylvie M.; Davis, Elizabeth A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2018
New reforms in science education emphasize facilitating all students' sense making of the big ideas and crosscutting concepts in science along with engagement in science practices. Supporting this learning requires complex, ambitious teaching that is uncommon in U.S. classrooms. Thus, novice teachers will need considerable support in learning how…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Investigations, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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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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Masters, Heidi L.; Park Rogers, Meredith A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2018
Young children need opportunities to engage in the practice of constructing scientific explanations in order to develop their own understanding of science content. To engage in this scientific practice, teachers need to provide young children with explicit instruction and scaffolding. However, many classroom teachers' knowledge and beliefs for how…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Elementary School Teachers, Young Children, Scientific Concepts
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Yang, Yang; Liu, Xiufeng; Gardella, Joseph A., Jr. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2018
Systematic studies on the effectiveness of in-service teacher professional development (PD) are important for science education research and practice. Previous studies have mostly focused on certain outcomes of PD, for example, the effectiveness of PD for improving teachers' knowledge or students' learning outcomes. This study, however, explores…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Science Education, Scientific Concepts
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Loper, Suzanna; McNeill, Katherine L.; González-Howard, María – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2017
In this article, we describe the development process for designing multimedia educative curriculum materials (MECMs) focused on supporting teachers in argumentation. We also describe results from a study with 46 teachers. We were interested in whether teachers' backgrounds or characteristics of the MECMs impacted MECM use. Overall, 89% of the…
Descriptors: Multimedia Materials, Instructional Materials, Middle School Teachers, Science Teachers
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Larkin, Douglas – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2017
In an effort to better prepare science teachers to engage in high-leverage practices, this study investigates the choices and rationales of preservice science teachers in planning elicitation strategies and describes how their understandings about the elicitation of students' ideas changed over time. Four cohorts of preservice science teachers…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Methods Courses, Science Teachers
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Leckie, Alisa; Wall, Amanda – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2017
An increasing focus on academic language across content areas, including science, prompted this study of the ways in which preservice teachers integrate academic language in middle grades science. Academic language is part of the discourse that students need for success in school, and it includes both what words are used and how those words are…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Academic Discourse, Language Usage, Scientific Concepts
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Hanuscin, Deborah; Lipsitz, Kelsey; Cisterna-Alburquerque, Dante; Arnone, Kathryn A.; van Garderen, Delinda; de Araujo, Zandra; Lee, Eun Ju – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2016
The "conceptual storyline" of a lesson refers to the flow and sequencing of learning activities such that science concepts align and progress in ways that are instructionally meaningful to student learning of the concepts. Research demonstrates that when teachers apply lesson design strategies to create a coherent science content…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Faculty Development, Elementary School Teachers
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Thompson, Stephen L.; Lotter, Christine; Fann, Xumei; Taylor, Laurie – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2016
Researchers examined how an inquiry-based instructional treatment emphasizing interrelated plant processes influenced 210 elementary pre-service teachers' (PTs) conceptions of three plant processes, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and transpiration, and the interrelated nature of these processes. The instructional treatment required PTs to…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Plants (Botany), Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science
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Menon, Deepika; Sadler, Troy D. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2016
Self-efficacy beliefs that relate to teachers' motivation and performance have been an important area of concern for preservice teacher education. Research suggests high-quality science coursework has the potential to shape preservice teachers' science self-efficacy beliefs. However, there are few studies examining the relationship between science…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Self Efficacy
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