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Forbes, Cory T.; Davis, Elizabeth A. – Science Education, 2008
Curriculum materials are a crucial tool with which teachers engage in teaching practice. For preservice teachers to learn to use science curriculum materials in productive ways, they must develop a conception of themselves as elementary teachers in which the use of science curriculum materials is a valued dimension of science-teaching practice. We…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses
Liang, Ling L.; Richardson, Greer M. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2009
This study examined the impact of a recently revised science course that engaged preservice teachers in a scaffolded, student-directed inquiry unit on local streams. Upon the completion of the inquiry project, the teacher candidates in the stream study classes demonstrated significantly greater improvement in the personal science teaching efficacy…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Earth Science, Elementary School Teachers, Science Curriculum
Moseley, Christine; Utley, Juliana – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2006
The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of an earth systems science course (integrated mathematics and science content) on preservice elementary teachers' mathematics and science teaching efficacy. Paired t-tests revealed that the personal mathematics and science teaching efficacy and science teaching outcome expectancy significantly…
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, Preservice Teacher Education, Earth Science, Mathematics
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Haefner, Leigh Ann; Zembal-Saul, Carla – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
This study examined prospective elementary teachers' learning about scientific inquiry in the context of an innovative life science course. Research questions included: (1) What do prospective elementary teachers learn about scientific inquiry within the context of the course? and (2) In what ways do their experiences engaging in science…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Teaching Methods, Science Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Haefner, Leigh Ann; Zembal-Saul, Carla – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
This study examined prospective elementary teachers' learning about scientific inquiry in the context of an innovative life science course. Research questions included: (1) What do prospective elementary teachers learn about scientific inquiry within the context of the course? and (2) In what ways do their experiences engaging in science…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Teaching Methods, Science Experiments, Science Curriculum