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Mikeska, Jamie N.; Anderson, Charles W.; Schwarz, Christina V. – Science Education, 2009
The elementary science teacher educators in this article set recognize the challenges that new science teachers face when they enter classrooms. They have developed frameworks and strategies aimed at helping the preservice teachers with whom they work become "well-started beginners" who are ready to address problems of science teaching. To do so,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Science Teachers
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Zembal-Saul, Carla – Science Education, 2009
New views of proficiency in K-8 science that highlight the importance of engaging children in the discourses and practices of science have raised the stakes for elementary teachers and the teacher educators who prepare them. In this paper, a framework for teaching science as argument is presented. The framework is advanced as a means of addressing…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Rhetoric
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Schwarz, Christina – Science Education, 2009
Preservice elementary teachers face many challenges in learning how to teach science effectively, such as engaging students in science, organizing instruction, and developing a productive learning community. This paper reports on several iterative cycles of design-based research aimed at fostering preservice teachers' principled reasoning around…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Educational Technology, Science Teachers
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Davis, Elizabeth A.; Smithey, Julie – Science Education, 2009
We use a 10-year program of research centered on iterations of one elementary science methods course as a vehicle for exploring three important and interrelated goals for the learning of beginning elementary teachers. These include learning about inquiry-oriented science teaching, using science curriculum materials effectively, and anticipating…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses
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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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Jacobs, Christina L.; Martin, Sonya N.; Otieno, Tracey C. – Science Education, 2008
In evaluating the success of teacher development programs, valid and scalable measures of teaching practice are needed. We have developed and validated the Science Lesson Plan Analysis Instrument (SLPAI) for quantitative evaluation of teacher-generated multiday lesson plans. This paper presents the SLPAI as a complement to surveys and classroom…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Program Evaluation, Observation, Program Effectiveness