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Kumar, David D.; Hofwolt, Clifford A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1992
Instructional behavior items on the Elementary Science Instruction Observation Instrument were used to compare preservice elementary science teachers (n=12) to exemplary elementary science teachers (n=5). Significant differences were noted in the use of communication of objectives; scientifically correct representations; rate of use of questioning…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education
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Spiegel, Samuel A.; And Others – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1995
Describes the Science for Early Adolescence Teachers (Science FEAT) program, a three-year teacher enhancement program for middle-grade teachers of science based at the Florida State University. Discusses the courses for the teacher-participants as well as the activities for administrators. (JRH)
Descriptors: Action Research, Data Collection, Data Interpretation, Educational Strategies
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Koballa, Thomas R., Jr.; French, M. Jenice – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1995
Explores negotiation as a method for overcoming dilemmas discovered in an elementary science methods course designed to promote student independence and reflective thinking regarding science teaching and learning. Focuses on the decision making that emerged from the tension between traditional views and the views considered empowering. (LZ)
Descriptors: Conflict Resolution, Course Descriptions, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science
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Svec, Michael T.; And Others – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1995
Describes the implementation of a new microcomputer-based laboratory (MBL) curriculum focusing on motion into a physical science course for preservice elementary teachers at Indiana University. Reports the results of tests administered to teachers before and after the motions unit. Discusses implications for instruction. (LZ)
Descriptors: Computer Interfaces, Computer Uses in Education, Concept Formation, Elementary Education
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Guillaume, Andrea M. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1995
This study seeks out elementary school science teachers' perspectives and examines the processes by which prospective teachers come to learn to teach science. Focused writing tasks, interviews, stimulated recall of videotaped lessons, and a card-sort technique were used to evaluate student teachers' conceptions of science education. (LZ)
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Science Education, Science Teachers
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Weinburgh, Molly – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1995
Substantial data indicate females have been underrepresented and underserved in mathematics and science. Reviews recent research contributions to the topics of educational equity, student-teacher interactions, science instruction, teacher beliefs, and implications for teacher education. Provides suggestions for developing gender inclusive…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Females
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Tippins, Deborah; And Others – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1993
Describes the "Professional Practice Community Project," a new approach to improving science teacher education based on collaboration between middle and high school teachers, and university teacher education programs. Prospective teachers are educated within the context of teaching practice. (LZ)
Descriptors: Cooperating Teachers, Educational Change, Field Experience Programs, High Schools
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Colburn, Alan – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1993
Presents the results of a descriptive case study of model programs for the preparation of middle school science and/or mathematics teachers funded by the National Science Foundation. Programs were analyzed for coherency and coordination of the experience for students, and appropriate and consistent modeling by the instructors. (LZ)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Demonstration Programs, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teachers
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van den Berg, Ed – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1993
Describes a course on alternative conceptions in physics that has been used with preservice students as well as with inservice teachers in Indonesia. Most preservice students progress in mastery of high school level concepts, however, the length of the effects are not known. (LZ)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses
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Ferry, Brian – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1993
Reports on a project that provided preservice elementary teachers with experiences designed to increase their background knowledge of science, and to encourage them to teach science. An interactive science center and an outdoor field study center in Australia were chosen as venues for hands-on teaching experiences. (LZ)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries
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MacMahan, Horace; Stevens, Suzanne – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1993
Reports on revisions to the teacher education program at Eastern Michigan University to improve teacher preparation for teaching science, especially physics and chemistry, in the elementary grades. (LZ)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education
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Shey, Chunfeng; Baird, William E. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1993
Examines the effects of videotaping feedback methods on beginning elementary science teachers' teaching skills and attitudes toward teaching science in Taiwan, Republic of China. Teacher's attitudes toward teaching science and other observable behaviors differed significantly between the control group and the experimental group. (LZ)
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Feedback, Foreign Countries
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Bazler, Judith; Charles, Marvin – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1993
Discusses a Lehigh University model for teacher preparation in science based on the Project 2061 call for reform in elementary science and mathematics teacher education. Reports on the model, method, and model evaluation. (LZ)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers
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Meadows, Lee; Koballa, Thomas R., Jr. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1993
Forty students enrolled in elementary science methods courses were surveyed about their beliefs that lie behind decisions to not join professional science teachers organizations. Generates a first look at why one group of preservice elementary teachers was not interested in NSTA membership. (LZ)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Group Membership
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Ritz, William C. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1993
Describes the unique design of Project RETRAIN which employs a "modular approach" to the retraining and recertification of experienced teachers interested in preparing themselves for new careers as junior high school science teachers. Reports on the projects' evaluation findings. (LZ)
Descriptors: Career Change, Inservice Teacher Education, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools
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