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Stefanich, Greg P.; Kelsey, Kenneth W. – Science Education, 1989
Investigated is the impact on attitudes of prospective elementary school teachers of pragmatic, success-oriented courses in science as prerequisites for entry into science methods courses. A need for exposing prospective teachers to instructional strategies and experiences which are consistent with teaching practices and curricula employed in a…
Descriptors: College Science, Educational Improvement, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Hodson, Derek – Science Education, 1988
Argues that the failure of modern courses to achieve their declared goals in relation to children's understanding of science has two causes, namely teachers views about the nature of science, and a degree of confusion in the philosophical stance implicit in many science curricula. Presents a philosophical model for curricula. (CW)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Curriculum Development, Educational Philosophy
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Hewson, Peter W.; Hewson, Mariana G. A'B. – Science Education, 1988
Analyzes the concept of teaching from various aspects. Reviews research on students' conceptions of natural phenomena, conceptual change, and teacher thinking. Suggests an appropriate conception of teaching science. (YP)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Structures, Concept Formation, Instruction
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Morrisey, J. Thomas; Barrow, Lloyd – Science Education, 1984
Reviews pertinent information about recent developments, issues, and trends in energy education. Areas addressed include the nature of energy education, recent trends in curricula, research on students' and teachers' attitudes and knowledge about energy, and energy education inservice trends. (JN)
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Energy, Inservice Teacher Education
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Zeitler, W. R. – Science Education, 1984
A nine-item questionnaire was used to obtain information from 229 preservice elementary teachers on secondary and college science courses completed, their conception of the purposes of elementary school science, and their concerns about teaching children science. Implications for preparing elementary teachers to teach science are addressed. (JN)
Descriptors: Educational Background, Elementary School Science, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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Hounshell, Paul B. – Science Education, 1985
Outlines initial work of the "Science Education Information Network" which employs a rapid response procedure for science teachers throughout North Carolina. This work includes collecting and analyzing educational problems and salary concerns. Indicates that the network is feasible and provides information for decision making at the…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Collection, Information Networks, Salaries
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Proper, Herman; And Others – Science Education, 1988
Identifies world views projected in teacher talk and examines the links between these world views and content areas. Finds that the character of classroom discourse is different from the character of text presentation and that there are subject area differences. (YP)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Gallagher, James J.; Tobin, Kenneth – Science Education, 1987
Describes a study that investigated the activities and interactions of teachers and students in two Western Australian high schools. Reports findings dealing with activity structures, reward systems, teacher expectations, and disruptive students. Also contrasts the managerial styles of three teachers. (ML)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research
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Scharmann, Lawrence; And Others – Science Education, 1986
Describes the development, revision, and partial validation of an instrument to assess preservice elementary teachers' process orientation toward science. Suggests that the Process Orientation Toward Science Scale (POTSS) be used as a diagnostic measure of preservice elementary teachers' process orientation toward science and understanding of the…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Measures (Individuals)
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Lawrenz, Frances – Science Education, 1987
Describes an inservice training program for elementary and junior high school teachers that sought to enhance teachers' knowledge of physical science and skills of science instruction. Presents test data on participants' knowledge of science content, attitudes toward science, and beliefs about science teaching. (ML)
Descriptors: College Science, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education
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Madrazo, Gerry M., Jr.; Hounshell, Paul B. – Science Education, 1987
Analyzes the role expectancy of the science supervisor in North Carolina public school systems as perceived by superintendents, principals, elementary teachers, secondary science teachers, college science educators and supervisors themselves. Also delineates the role function of the science supervisor based on the findings in the literature. (ML)
Descriptors: Educational Responsibility, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Role Perception
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Stronck, David R. – Science Education, 1987
Discusses a study which sought to determine which form of district-level science coordination is perceived to be most satisfactory by science teachers of British Columbia. Presents survey results which support the need for a science coordinator. (ML)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Instructional Improvement, Role Perception, Science Education