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Gamez, Rebeca; Parker, Carolyn A. – Science Education, 2018
This study investigates how two newcomer students, Elena and Martin, identified with and in science within the context of a classroom utilizing a reform-based science curriculum where instruction occurred only in English. Using ethnographic case study methods, we drew from anthropological theories on identity development and sociocultural…
Descriptors: Novices, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students
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Falk, Andrew – Science Education, 2012
Formative assessment, assessment used to inform subsequent learning, can have a powerful positive impact on student achievement, but little empirical work has been conducted to investigate the role of teachers' knowledge in its practice. This study investigated reciprocal relations between elementary science teachers' formative assessment…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Professional Development, Video Technology, Science Teachers
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Forbes, Cory T. – Science Education, 2011
Curriculum materials are important resources with which teachers make pedagogical decisions about the design of science learning environments. To become well-started beginning elementary teachers capable of engaging their students in inquiry-based science, preservice elementary teachers need to learn to use science curriculum materials…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Curriculum Design, Educational Change
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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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Schwarz, Christina V.; Gunckel, Kristin L.; Smith, Ed L.; Covitt, Beth A.; Bae, Minjung; Enfield, Mark; Tsurusaki, Blakely K. – Science Education, 2008
Curriculum analysis, modification, and enactment are core components of teacher practice. Beginning teachers rely heavily on curriculum materials that are often of poor quality to guide their practice. As a result, we argue that preservice teachers need to learn how to use curriculum materials for effective teaching. To address this concern, the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses, Teacher Effectiveness