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Bradbury, Leslie U.; Wilson, Rachel E. – Science Education, 2020
The purpose of this study is to challenge the prevailing negative narrative related to elementary science teaching by investigating the experiences of elementary teachers who identify as science teacher enthusiasts (STEs). Holland, Lachiotte, Skinner, and Cain (1998)'s conception of identity as an ongoing production or construction in a…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction
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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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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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Upadhyay, Bhaskar – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2009
This study draws upon a qualitative case study to investigate the impact of the high-stakes test environment on an elementary teacher's identities and the influence of identity maintenance on science teaching. Drawing from social identity theory, I argue that we can gain deep insight into how and why urban elementary science teachers engage in…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Elementary School Science, Testing, High Stakes Tests
Jang, Shinho – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2004
The purpose of this study was to examine what kinds of tensions, conflicts, and difficulties a prospective elementary teacher paid special attention to in the process of interacting with others to learn to teach elementary science during the internship year, and to describe how the novice teacher responded to and finally negotiated those tensions…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary School Science, Mentors, Science Teachers