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Keazer, Lindsay; Jung, Hyunyi – School Science and Mathematics, 2020

Problem solving has long been a priority in mathematics education, and the first Common Core mathematical practice (SMP1) focuses on this priority through the language of "Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them." We present findings from a survey about how prospective elementary teachers' (PTs) make sense of potential…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Education, Elementary School Mathematics

Navy, Shannon L.; Kaya, Fatma – School Science and Mathematics, 2020

Problem-based learning (PBL) and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are two acronyms widely visible in education literature today. However, few studies have explored these in connection with one another, specifically with regard to teacher preparation. This study investigated how 47 prospective elementary teachers developed…

Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, STEM Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary School Teachers

Kim, Eunjeong; Oliver, J. Steve; Kim, Young Ae – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

The goal of this article is to inform professional understanding regarding preservice science teachers' knowledge of engineering and the engineering design process. Originating as a conceptual study of the appropriateness of "knowledge as design" as a framework for conducting science teacher education to support learning related to…

Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers

Cormas, Peter C.; Middlemiss, Samantha – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

Mathematics and science have similar learning processes (SLPs) and it has been proposed that courses focused on these and other similarities promote transfer across disciplines. However, it is not known how the use of these processes in lessons taught to children change throughout a preservice teacher education course or which are most likely to…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Mathematics

Jung, Hyunyi; Stehr, Eryn M.; He, Jia – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

Engaging with mathematical modeling can support learners to collaboratively explore mathematics in integrated ways as well as generate mathematical ideas and representations that may be useful in everyday life. Although several studies provide diverse insights into teaching and learning mathematical modeling, research has yet to be conducted on…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Secondary School Mathematics, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education

Perkins Coppola, Matthew – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

Research indicates there is a need for teachers to experience multiple mastery experiences with engineering teaching in order to improve teaching engineering self-efficacy. To prepare future K-5 teachers to teach the engineering design process, one science methods course integrated 2-day engineering mini-units into the class meeting and…

Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Teaching Methods, Engineering Education, Preservice Teacher Education

Jung, Hyunyi; Newton, Jill A. – School Science and Mathematics, 2018

Mathematical modeling has been highlighted recently as Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) included Model with Mathematics as one of the Standards for Mathematical Practices (SMP) and a modeling strand in the high school standards. This common aspect of standards across most states in the United States intended by CCSSM authors and…

Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Mathematical Models

Saylor, Laura Lackner; Walton, Janet B. – School Science and Mathematics, 2018

In order to explore the potential for math-talk learning communities (utilizing interactive discussions of mathematics principles) as a framework for preservice teacher learning, a math-talk learning community framework was adopted in a methods of teaching mathematics course for preservice early elementary teachers. A case study of the co-created…

Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Elementary School Teachers

Radloff, Jeffrey; Guzey, Selcen – School Science and Mathematics, 2017

Nationally, there is a steadily increasing emphasis on the improvement of STEM education. This includes the integration of STEM subjects that have been traditionally taught separately, making it critical that prospective STEM educators are equipped to teach using integrated STEM approaches. Connected, an important challenge is providing preservice…

Descriptors: STEM Education, Video Technology, Teaching Methods, Preservice Teachers

Borgerding, Lisa A.; Caniglia, Joanne – School Science and Mathematics, 2017

Previous literature suggests that service learning may offer new opportunities to support the development of preservice science and math teachers, but few studies examine service learning beyond isolated teaching events. In this qualitative study, we attempt to improve upon this literature by following Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) students'…

Descriptors: Service Learning, Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Science, Preservice Teacher Education

McDonald, Scott P. – School Science and Mathematics, 2016

Science teacher educators use examples of practice to support teacher candidates (TCs) learning to engage in new forms of science teaching. However, interpretation of these examples assumes a level of expertise about practice TCs lack. This article describes a study designed to determine some of the differences between expert teachers' and TCs'…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods

Rinke, Carol R.; Gladstone-Brown, Wendy; Kinlaw, C. Ryan; Cappiello, Jean – School Science and Mathematics, 2016

Although science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education sits at the center of a national conversation, comparatively little attention has been given to growing need for STEM teacher preparation, particularly at the elementary level. This study analyzes the outcomes of a novel, preservice STEM teacher education model. Building…

Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses

Lewis, Elizabeth; Dema, Oxana; Harshbarger, Dena – School Science and Mathematics, 2014

Despite historical national efforts to improve elementary science education, science instruction continues to be marginalized, varying by state. This study was designed to address the ongoing challenge of educating elementary preservice teachers (PSTs) to teach science. Elementary PSTs are one of the science education community's major links…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Instruction, Classroom Communication

Cardetti, Fabiana; Truxaw, Mary P. – School Science and Mathematics, 2014

Research suggests the importance of mathematics knowledge for teaching (MKT) for enabling elementary school teachers to effectively teach mathematics. MKT involves both mathematical content knowledge (M-CK) and mathematical pedagogical content knowledge (M-PCK). However, there is no consensus on how best to prepare elementary preservice teachers…

Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Mathematics Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Mathematics

Goodson-Espy, Tracy; Cifarelli, Victor V.; Pugalee, David; Lynch-Davis, Kathleen; Morge, Shelby; Salinas, Tracie – School Science and Mathematics, 2014

This study explored how mathematics content and methods courses for preservice elementary and middle school teachers could be improved through the integration of a set of instructional materials based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). A set of eight instructional modules was developed and tested. The study involved 7…

Descriptors: Methods Courses, Course Content, Mathematics Education, Program Improvement