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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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Anderson, Janice; Barnett, Michael – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2011
The purpose of this work is to share our findings in using video gaming technology to facilitate the understanding of basic electromagnetism with pre-service elementary teachers. To this end we explored the impact of using a game called "Supercharged!" on pre-service teachers' understanding of electromagnetic concepts compared to students who…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Program Effectiveness, Learning Experience, Teaching Methods
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Autieri, Steven M.; Amirshokoohi, Aidin; Kazempour, Mahsa – European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
This literature review intends to highlight some of the critical research that has been synthesized on the perspectives of both teachers and students and their attitudes to teaching and learning in an STS-themed learning environment. The first portion draws on the perspectives of elementary and secondary school teachers both locally and abroad.…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Science Instruction, Science Education, Active Learning
Moseley, Christine; Utley, Juliana – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2006
The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of an earth systems science course (integrated mathematics and science content) on preservice elementary teachers' mathematics and science teaching efficacy. Paired t-tests revealed that the personal mathematics and science teaching efficacy and science teaching outcome expectancy significantly…
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, Preservice Teacher Education, Earth Science, Mathematics
Katz, Laurie; Sadler, Kim; Craig, Dorothy V. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2005
This study examined the use of science professors acting as mentors to enhance the science competency of early childhood educators. Findings indicate that mentor-mentee dyad interactions varied; however, mentors were able to assist with curriculum, science content, and resources. Although standards-based units were developed, there was little…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mentors, Science Instruction, College Faculty
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Haefner, Leigh Ann; Zembal-Saul, Carla – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
This study examined prospective elementary teachers' learning about scientific inquiry in the context of an innovative life science course. Research questions included: (1) What do prospective elementary teachers learn about scientific inquiry within the context of the course? and (2) In what ways do their experiences engaging in science…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Teaching Methods, Science Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Haefner, Leigh Ann; Zembal-Saul, Carla – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
This study examined prospective elementary teachers' learning about scientific inquiry in the context of an innovative life science course. Research questions included: (1) What do prospective elementary teachers learn about scientific inquiry within the context of the course? and (2) In what ways do their experiences engaging in science…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Teaching Methods, Science Experiments, Science Curriculum