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Boone, William J.; Townsend, J. Scott; Staver, John R. – Science Education, 2016
When collecting data, science education researchers frequently have multiple respondents evaluate multiple artifacts using multiple criteria. Herein, the authors introduce Multifaceted Rasch Measurement (MFRM) analysis and explain why MFRM must be used when "judges'" data are collected. The authors use data from elementary science…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education
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de Hosson, Cécile; Décamp, Nicolas – Science & Education, 2014
A great amount of research has been carried out world-wide to promote history of science as a powerful science teaching tool. Because the ways of choosing and using historical elements depend on teachers' or researchers' educational purpose, any attempt to support a single model-to-use seems difficult and probably irrelevant. However,…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science History, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Santilli, Haydee; Cornejo, Jorge Norberto – Science & Education, 2013
In this paper we analyze the influence of positivism in Argentina astronomical culture in the nineteenth century. We did the analysis from two dimensions, scientific knowledge development and science teaching. Because Argentina was a very young country at that time, it was of singular importance, not only the development of scientific knowledge…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Astronomy, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Education
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Parker, Joan; Heywood, David – Science Education, 2013
Opportunities for the development of science-related pedagogy during training are necessarily limited for the generalist primary (elementary), preservice teacher. While school placement is an important context within which to develop such professional expertise, the role of institution-based learning is less well understood in this regard. This…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Reflection
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Siry, Christina; Brendel, Michelle – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2016
In this paper, we seek to explore the inseparable role of emotions in the teaching and the learning of science at the primary school level, as we elaborate the theoretical underpinnings and personal experiences that lead us to this notion of inseparability. We situate our perspectives on the complexity of science education in primary schools, draw…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Science Instruction, Emotional Experience, Science Education
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Sexton, Steven S.; Atkinson, Joy; Goodson, Richard – Science Education International, 2013
Over the past decade, there has been a significant reduction for New Zealand initial teacher education student teachers to experience education through a science context. This paper presents the stories of two graduates from a large New Zealand university and their journeys into the classroom. Richard graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Beginning Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education
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Smolkin, Laura B.; McTigue, Erin M.; Donovan, Carol A.; Coleman, Julianne M. – Science Education, 2009
Given concerns with the low levels of explanation in science education classrooms, it has been suggested that text may supply a higher percentage of explanatory discourse than do classroom teachers. However, given that textbooks have been shown to differ little from teacher discourse in percentages of explanation, the present study sought to…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Teacher Background
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Metz, Kathleen E. – Science Education, 2009
This article examines teachers' perspectives on the challenges of using a science reform curriculum, as well as their learning in interaction with the curriculum and parallel professional development program. As case studies, I selected 4 veteran teachers of 2nd or 3rd grade, with varying science backgrounds (including 2 with essentially none).…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Grade 3, Elementary School Teachers, Science Curriculum
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Penuel, William; Fishman, Barry J.; Gallagher, Lawrence P.; Korbak, Christine; Lopez-Prado, Bladimir – Science Education, 2009
Implementation of science curriculum materials has been a fundamental challenge in science education for decades. Policy researchers have argued that alignment of standards, curriculum, and assessment are the key to supporting implementation. This paper focuses on teachers' perceptions of curricular alignment and on curriculum implementation using…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Implementation, Science Instruction
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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
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Lee, Okhee; Lewis, Scott; Adamson, Karen; Maerten-Rivera, Jaime; Secada, Walter G. – Science Education, 2008
This study examined urban elementary teachers' knowledge and practices in teaching science while supporting English language development of English language learning (ELL) students. As part of a larger 5-year research project in the United States, the study involved 38 third-grade teachers who participated in the first-year implementation of a…
Descriptors: Intervention, Teacher Characteristics, Second Language Learning, Teacher Workshops
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Olson, Joanne K.; Tippett, Christine D.; Milford, Todd M.; Ohana, Chris; Clough, Michael P. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2015
This article provides a description of science teacher education policy in Canada and the USA. We focus on qualifications and procedures to obtain an initial teaching license, requirements for license renewal, and trends in our respective countries. In both countries, science teacher education is the responsibility of the province or state, rather…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Education, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries
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Cofré, Hernán; González-Weil, Corina; Vergara, Claudia; Santibáñez, David; Ahumada, Germán; Furman, Melina; Podesta, María E.; Camacho, Johanna; Gallego, Rómulo; Pérez, Royman – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2015
In this review, the main characteristics of science teacher education in three countries in South America, namely Argentina, Chile and Colombia, are examined. Although reforms toward constructivist and inquiry-based teaching in science instruction have been made in each of the three reviewed countries, each country demonstrates limitations in the…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Foreign Countries, Educational Change
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Brand, Brenda R.; Moore, Sandra J. – International Journal of Science Education, 2011
This two-year school-wide initiative to improve teachers' pedagogical skills in inquiry-based science instruction using a constructivist sociocultural professional development model involved 30 elementary teachers from one school, three university faculty, and two central office content supervisors. Research was conducted for investigating the…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Self Efficacy, Classrooms, Educational Environment
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Kisiel, James – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2013
Informal science education institutions (ISEIs), such as museums, aquariums, and nature centers, offer more to teachers than just field trip destinations--they have the potential to provide ideas for pedagogy, as well as support deeper development of teachers' science knowledge. Although there is extensive literature related to teacher/museum…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Informal Education
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