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Carbonneau, Kira J.; Zhang, Xue; Ardasheva, Yuliya – School Science and Mathematics, 2018

In this study, we examine how prospective teachers perceive the efficacy of manipulatives and if these perceptions relate to their future use of manipulatives and their mathematics self-efficacy. Survey responses from 97 preservice educators who had completed a mathematics method course indicate three essential findings. One, preservice teachers…

Descriptors: Manipulative Materials, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Mathematics Instruction

Kotsopoulos, Donna; Makosz, Samantha; Zambrzycka, Joanna; Cordy, Michelle – School Science and Mathematics, 2018

International standardized tests are showing an underperformance of students in geometry and spatial ability relative to other content domains. In this research, we examined the relationship between a teacher's judgment of third- and fourth-grade students' geometry and spatial ability (i.e., grades), three spatial ability tasks (Water-Level-Task,…

Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Geometry, Spatial Ability, Grade 3

Campbell, Matthew P.; Lee, Hollylynne Stohl – School Science and Mathematics, 2017

To make progress toward ambitious and equitable goals for students' mathematical development, teachers need opportunities to develop specialized ways of knowing mathematics such as mathematical knowledge for teaching (MKT) for their work with students in the classroom. Professional learning communities (PLCs) are a common model used to support…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration

Crim, Courtney; Moseley, Christine; Desjean-Perrotta, Blanche – School Science and Mathematics, 2017

A national study was conducted to investigate the inclusion of environmental education (EE) into educator preparation programs across the United States. Responses from teacher educators in institutions of higher education indicated that the infusion of EE into educator preparation programs is limited and varies greatly across the nation. Findings…

Descriptors: Environmental Education, Teacher Education Programs, Barriers, Teacher Educators

Strimaitis, Anna M.; Southerland, Sherry A.; Sampson, Victor; Enderle, Patrick; Grooms, Jonathon – School Science and Mathematics, 2017

This study examines what students enrolled in the honors and general sections of a high school biology course offered at the same school learn when they have an opportunity to participate in a broad or narrow range of science practices during their laboratory experiences. The results of our analysis suggest that the students enrolled in the…

Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Science, Biology, Honors Curriculum

Polly, Drew; Wang, Chuang; Martin, Christie; Lambert, Richard G.; Pugalee, David K.; Middleton, Catharina Win – School Science and Mathematics, 2017

This study examined primary grades students' achievement on number sense tasks administered through an Internet-based formative assessment tool, Assessing Math Concepts Anywhere. Data were analyzed from 2,357 students in teachers' classrooms who had participated in a year-long professional development program on mathematics formative assessment,…

Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Mathematics Skills, Numeracy, Formative Evaluation

ndunda, mutindi; Van Sickle, Meta; Perry, Lindsay; Capelloni, Alison – School Science and Mathematics, 2017

This study focused on science and math professional learning communities (PLCs) that were implemented through a university-urban high school partnership. These PLCs were part of mandated school-wide, content-based PLCs implemented as part of the reform efforts initiated in an urban school to address the school's failure to meet Adequate Yearly…

Descriptors: Communities of Practice, College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Educational Improvement

Yee, Sean P. – School Science and Mathematics, 2017

Metaphors are regularly used by mathematics teachers to relate difficult or complex concepts in classrooms. A complex topic of concern in mathematics education, and most STEM-based education classes, is problem solving. This study identified how students and teachers contextualize mathematical problem solving through their choice of metaphors.…

Descriptors: Figurative Language, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Concepts

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

Belue, Paul T.; Cavey, Laurie Overman; Kinzel, Margaret T. – School Science and Mathematics, 2017

In this exploratory study, we examined the effects of a quantitative reasoning instructional approach to linear equations in two variables on community college students' conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and reasoning ability. This was done in comparison to the use of a traditional procedural approach for instruction on the same topic.…

Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Thinking Skills, Equations (Mathematics), Teaching Methods

Mohr-Schroeder, Margaret J.; Jackson, Christa; Cavalcanti, Maureen; Jong, Cindy; Schroeder, D. Craig; Speler, Lydia G. – School Science and Mathematics, 2017

The purpose of this study was to investigate parents' attitudes toward mathematics, their students' attitude toward mathematics, and the influence of the parents' attitude on the students' attitude toward mathematics. Data analyses revealed statistically significant positive correlations between parents' and students' attitudes toward mathematics.…

Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Parent Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Mathematics Education

Smith, Janette; Nadelson, Louis – School Science and Mathematics, 2017

Preparing elementary-level teachers to teach in alignment with the eight Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) practices could prove to be a daunting endeavor. However, the process may be catalyzed by leveraging elements of teacher science instruction that inherently attend to the practice standards. In this study, we investigated the science…

Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Integrated Curriculum

Weinberg, Andrea Elizabeth; Sample McMeeking, Laura Beth – School Science and Mathematics, 2017

Numerous national initiatives call for interdisciplinary mathematics and science education, but few empirical studies have examined practical considerations for integrated instruction in high school settings. The purpose of this qualitative study was twofold. First, the study sought to describe how and to what extent teachers integrate mathematics…

Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics Education, Science Education

Tuttle, Nicole; Mentzer, Gale A.; Strickler, Lacey; Bloomquist, Debra; Hapgood, Susanna; Molitor, Scott; Kaderavek, Joan; Czerniak, Charlene M. – School Science and Mathematics, 2017

Promoting family learning around science represents an important opportunity to reinforce science learning during out-of-school time. Evidence suggests that parent-child discourse around science can promote inferential thinking by children and help solidify their understanding of science concepts. While teacher professional development that…

Descriptors: Family Programs, Intergenerational Programs, Parent Child Relationship, Science Education

McAndrew, Erica M.; Morris, Wendy L.; Fennell, Francis – School Science and Mathematics, 2017

Use of mathematics-related literature can engage students' interest and increase their understanding of mathematical concepts. A quasi-experimental study of two second-grade classrooms assessed whether daily inclusion of geometry-related literature in the classroom improved attitudes toward geometry and achievement in geometry. Consistent with the…

Descriptors: Grade 2, Geometry, Geometric Concepts, Interdisciplinary Approach