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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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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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Weiland, Ingrid S.; Morrison, Judith A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2013
To examine the notion of environmental education (EE) as context for integrating the elementary curricula, we engaged in a multi-case study analysis (Yin 2009) of two preservice elementary science methods courses that utilized an experiential reflective approach--case one (University A) through a science content focus (i.e., sustainability) and…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Science Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses
Howes, Elaine V.; Cruz, Barbara C. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2009
Role-playing can be an engaging and creative strategy to use in the college classroom. Using official accounts, personal narratives, and diaries to recreate a particular time period, event, or personality, the instructional strategy alternately referred to as role-playing, dramatic improvisation, or first-person characterization can be an…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers
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Palmer, D. H. – Research in Science Education, 2006
Self-efficacy has been shown to be an issue of concern for primary teacher education students--many of them have low self-efficacy and this can negatively affect their future teaching of science. Previous research has identified four factors that may contribute towards self-efficacy: enactive mastery experiences, vicarious experiences, verbal…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Teachers
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Beyer, Carrie; Davis, Elizabeth A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2009
Critiquing and adapting curriculum materials are essential teaching practices but challenging for many preservice teachers. This study explores the use of educative curriculum materials--materials intended to support both teacher and student learning--to help preservice elementary teachers develop their pedagogical design capacity for critiquing…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Teaching Methods, Lesson Plans, Preservice Teacher Education
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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