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Nagle, Corey Edward; Pecore, John L. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2019
Curricular reforms in science education represent an opportunity for changes in instructional approaches with the intent of making learning and teaching more meaningful and effective. While beginning teachers may receive instruction on pedagogy aligned with adopted reforms, veteran teachers need support and development to implement instruction…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Experienced Teachers, Educational Change, Academic Standards
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Maharaj-Sharma, Rawatee – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2017
This experimental study was conducted in one public school in Trinidad with the aim of observing the effect of drama on the achievement and attitude towards science, of a group of upper primary school science students when taught a science unit. The experimental group was taught using drama-based instruction and activities while the control group…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Public Schools
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Nollmeyer, Gustave E.; Bangert, Arthur W. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2017
The arrival of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) marks a new era in science education. However, like all education reform, the success of NGSS implementation lies with teachers. Effective and targeted professional development will play a key role in preparing teachers who work from the framework. This study sought to design and validate…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Knowledge Level, Academic Standards
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Houseal, Ana K. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
A Framework for K-12 Science Education [the Framework] and the resulting Next Generation Science Standards [NGSS] are based upon current research about teaching and learning science. Thus, they provide a structure that science classrooms can use to change from places where students learn about science to places were students "do"…
Descriptors: Models, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Science Instruction
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Biffi, Daniella; Hartweg, Beau; de la Fuente, Yohanis; Patterson, Melissa; Stewart, Morgan; Simanek, Eric; Weinburgh, Molly – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
The "Framework for K-12 Science Education" (NRC, 2012) and "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States, 2013) stress that in addition to disciplinary core ideas (content), students need to engage in the practices of science and develop an understanding of the crosscutting concepts such as cause and effect, systems,…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Process Skills, Scientific Concepts, Educational Change
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Adams, Anne E.; Miller, Brant G.; Saul, Melissa; Pegg, Jerine – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2014
Although recent educational reforms emphasize the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), many elementary teachers feel less knowledgeable about STEM content and less comfortable teaching STEM than other subjects. This study examined a teacher education program that utilized place-based pedagogies within an…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Teacher Education Programs, Place Based Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Deniz, Hasan; Akerson, Valarie – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2013
We examined to what extent elementary teachers' nature of science (NOS) and nature of scientific inquiry (NOSI) views, and science teaching efficacy beliefs change after a five-day professional development program designed to teach NOS and NOSI integrated with language arts. We found that elementary teachers improved their NOS and NOSI views, and…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Scientific Attitudes
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McHenry, Nadine; Borger, Laurie – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2013
Though inquiry-based teaching has long been touted as an effective pedagogy, its application by elementary classroom teachers has been problematic. Two case studies were used to investigate effective professional learning experiences for teachers and the concomitant development of scientific proficiency in children. Both case studies used a newly…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Active Learning, Inquiry, Elementary School Science