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Feille, Kelly; Nettles, Jenesta – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2019
There is a growing body of literature emphasizing the use of the schoolyard as a teaching tool, however there is limited research that investigates how to support the development of schoolyard pedagogy. Plains Public Schools is home to 17 elementary schools, 12 of which include one or more features of an enhanced schoolyard, such as garden beds.…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Public Schools, Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction
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Nesmith, Suzanne; Ditmore, Evan; Scott, Lakia; Zhu, Toby – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2017
The application of literacy strategies in the context of inquiry-based elementary science instruction betokens an expansion of contemporary thought regarding cross-curricular instruction. Yet, in light of the potential and promise of new developments, the perceptions of preservice teachers, who will soon be expected to make use of such…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Active Learning
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Carter, Ingrid; Rogers, Meredith Park; Amador, Julie; Akerson, Valarie; Pongsanon, Khemmawadee – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to explore how participation in iterative cycles of a modified model of lesson study could potentially provide preservice teachers opportunities to develop the ability to notice students' science thinking. Using a case study approach, we examined how six preservice teachers illustrated aspects of "professional…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Preservice Teachers, Attention, Science Instruction
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Brown, Todd; Brown, Katrina; Barnot, Vickilyn; Nelson, Dean – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2014
An early childhood education teacher's beliefs and attitudes about science will influence how he/she teaches science and will also have an impact on his/her own self-efficacy as well as on his/her students' attitudes toward science (Christidou, 2011; Lunn, 2002; Ramey-Gassert, Shrover, & Staver, 1996). It is, therefore, important to ascertain…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Comparative Analysis
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Bhattacharyya, Sumita; Mead, Tim P.; Junot, Mary; Welch, Adam – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2013
The overall purpose of this longitudinal study was to investigate the effectiveness of a science method course in training pre service teachers to teach science. This effectiveness was measured by examining changes in pre-service teachers' science teaching confidence level as reflected in their ability to implement different instructional…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers
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Feille, Kelly – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2013
There is limited research to suggest the student-based and school-wide impacts of school gardens, and even less research regarding the teaching practices that are necessary to encourage the success of an outdoor classroom. Despite the lack of research, teachers are successfully integrating their outdoor classrooms into their students' learning…
Descriptors: Gardening, Outdoor Education, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers
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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