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Barnes, Caitlin; Angle, Julie; Montgomery, Diane – School Science and Mathematics, 2015
Creating scientifically literate students is a common goal among educational stakeholders. An understanding of nature of science is an important component of scientific literacy in K-12 science education. Q methodology was used to investigate the opinions of preservice and in-service teachers on how they intend to teach or currently teach science.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Epistemology, Q Methodology, Statistical Analysis
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Eberle, Francis – School Science and Mathematics, 2008
This article is about an investigation of six middle school science teachers' beliefs and instructional practice about the coherence of the science they teach as articulated by National Science Education Standards (NRC, 1996). Many well intentioned reform efforts focus on improving content knowledge of teachers, but many classroom teachers…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Scientific Principles, Educational Change, Science Teachers
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Barlow, Angela T.; Cates, Janie M. – School Science and Mathematics, 2006
This study investigated the impact of incorporating problem posing in elementary classrooms on the beliefs held by elementary teachers about mathematics and mathematics teaching. Teachers participated in a year-long staff development project aimed at facilitating the incorporation of problem posing into their classrooms. Beliefs were examined via…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Teacher Education, Teacher Attitudes
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DeSimone, Janet; Parmar, Rene S. – School Science and Mathematics, 2006
The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate typical middle school general education mathematics teachers' beliefs and knowledge of students with learning disabilities and inclusive instruction and to gain an understanding of the process of inclusion as it is implemented in middle school classrooms. In-depth interviews, surveys, and…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Teachers, Learning Disabilities
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Seaman, Carol E.; Szydlik, Jennifer Earles; Szydlik, Stephen D.; Beam, John E. – School Science and Mathematics, 2005
This study replicates Collier's (1972) work. It focuses on the beliefs of a large sample of elementary education students at four stages of teacher preparation, about both the nature of and the teaching of mathematics. The instrument measures what Collier termed a "formal-informal" dimension of belief. The data suggest that initially the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary Education, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Education
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Pandiscio, Eric A. – School Science and Mathematics, 2002
Reports on a case study investigating how secondary preservice mathematics teachers perceive the need for and the benefits of formal proof when given geometric tasks in the context of dynamic geometry software. Results indicate that preservice teachers are concerned that after using dynamic software, high school students will not see the need for…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Geometry, Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teachers
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Metzner, Seymour – School Science and Mathematics, 1971
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Mathematical Experience, Mathematics, Personality Studies
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Moore, Richard W. – School Science and Mathematics, 1975
Elementary teachers participating in a Cooperative College School Science Program were given attitude questionnaires at several times during a two-year period. Significant improvements in attitudes towards science and science teaching during a 4-week summer workshop were found. (SD)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education
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Bunderson, Eileen D.; Anderson, Tamigene – School Science and Mathematics, 1996
Explores the experiences of preservice elementary teachers with science fairs, attitudes resulting from their participation in science fairs as students, and the importance of these past histories for their students. Results indicate that most teachers felt that science fairs are beneficial, but those who rated them as most worthwhile had never…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Science Fairs
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Kennedy, Thomas G. – School Science and Mathematics, 1973
Studied differences in preservice elementary teachers' attitudes toward concept science and science processes on the basis of semantic differential score gains in the pre- and posttest design. Concluded that process approach instruction in methods courses was effective in securing changes in a positive direction. (CC)
Descriptors: Colleges, Course Content, Educational Research, Elementary School Teachers
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Reys, Robert E.; Yeager, Theresa – School Science and Mathematics, 1974
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Mathematics Education
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Fraser-Abder, Pamela – School Science and Mathematics, 1989
Describes a workshop model administered for 10 days over a period of 7 weeks. The workshop was used to develop an elementary science curriculum in Trinidad and Tobago. The effect of the model on teacher attitudes toward science and science teaching was evaluated. (YP)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Foreign Countries
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Ellis, James D.; Kuerbis, Paul J. – School Science and Mathematics, 1991
ENLIST Micros, a project designed to improve quality and quantity of microcomputer use in science teaching, is described. Rationale and procedures behind its development; description of the pilot test model; results of the initial field test and an implementation study; description of the revised ENLIST Micros curriculum; and recommendations for…
Descriptors: Biology, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Development
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Hunkler, Richard; Quast, W. G. – School Science and Mathematics, 1972
Mathematics attitude scores increased significantly for prospective elementary teachers who took a method-content mathematics course. Scores for this group were higher than for two groups who had completed no college mathematics course. (DF)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Methods Courses
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Spooner, William E.; Simpson, Ronald D. – School Science and Mathematics, 1979
Investigates the impact of a five-day workshop on attitudes of 97 kindergarten through sixth grade teachers toward science and related aspects of science teaching using the Science Curriculum Improvement Study (SCIS) materials. (HM)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Attitudes, Educational Research, Elementary Education