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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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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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Dianovsky, Michael T.; Wink, Donald J. – Science Education, 2012
This paper describes research on the use of journals in a general education chemistry course for elementary education majors. In the journals, students describe their understanding of a topic, the development of that understanding, and how the topic connects to their lives. In the process, they are able to engage in reflection about several…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Prior Learning, Chemistry, Learning Activities
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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
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Hanuscin, Deborah L.; Akerson, Valarie L.; Phillipson-Mower, Teddie – Science Education, 2006
Teacher education programs have met with limited success in improving teachers' understanding of the nature of science (NOS). Research suggests that such efforts could be enhanced by addressing NOS in preservice teachers' science courses. We planned NOS instruction in a physical science content course for preservice elementary teachers. Our first…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education, Educational Change, Teaching Assistants