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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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Subramaniam, Karthigeyan; Kirby, Benjamin; Harrell, Pamela; Long, Christopher – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2019
The purpose of this exploratory qualitative study was to investigate prospective elementary teachers' conceptual understanding of buoyancy. Specifically, the study aimed to identify the scientifically accepted conceptions, and misconceptions that preservice teachers hold about buoyancy using an instructional intervention. Presently, there is a gap…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Knowledge Level
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Long, Christopher Sean; Harrell, Pamela Esprivalo; Subramaniam, Karthigeyan; Pope, Elisabeth – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2019
This study examined the impact of microteaching experiences of preservice elementary teachers enrolled in a science teaching methods course. The microteaching lessons targeted the physical science concepts represented in the Texas Educational Agency's exam for early childhood through sixth grade teacher certification. The results of this study…
Descriptors: Microteaching, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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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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McCall, Madelon – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2017
University laboratory science courses are typically designed to prepare science majors or those who are pursuing health related careers. These courses often do not provide the experiences necessary to improve elementary preservice teacher science teaching efficacy or attitudes and beliefs toward science. This research utilized a university science…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers
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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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Thompson, Kenneth W.; Dow, Mirah J. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2017
National Research Council polices (NRC, 2012a, 2012b) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 (Pub. L. No. 114-145) call for educators to have active roles in teaching to achieve new goals and purposes for education. A high priority is teaching content knowledge and information fluency skills that will result in deep learning, higher…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Team Teaching
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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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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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Allison, Elizabeth; Goldston, M. Jenice – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
This study explored two elementary teachers and their students' perceptions of multiliteracies in science. The technological components of multiliteracies, including online communication tools, were of particular interest for this paper. The multiple case study included: two teachers and their students. One teacher taught a fourth grade classroom…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Technology Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Smith-Walters, Cindi; Mangione, Katherine A.; Smith Bass, Alyson – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
Science is a subject steeped in specialized vocabulary and elementary preservice teachers may find themselves less than comfortable with that vocabulary. Couple this with their long documented fear of the subject and we have teachers who enter their first classrooms unsure of themselves and the content and thus, less able to prepare their own…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Hermann, Ronald S. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
Elementary teachers play a crucial role in breaking the cycle of continued evolution controversy. They have the capacity to introduce concepts at the same time students may first encounter antievolution messages. This study compares elementary education majors' religiosity, acceptance and understanding of evolution to other majors. Results…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Evolution, Comparative Analysis, Undergraduate Students
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Toth, Eva Erdosne; Graham, Meadow S. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
Scientifically literate citizens are able to evaluate news reports on everyday problems with a critical stance to information, which means using both value and norm-based as well as evidence and logic based thinking. Developing a critical stance towards information in the news media, requires familiarity with a complex set of interdisciplinary…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, News Reporting, Logical Thinking, Scientific Literacy
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Madden, Lauren; Beyers, James; O'Brien, Steve – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2016
We seek to understand how pre-service and novice teachers view the importance of STEM education in the elementary grades. A sample of prospective and early career elementary teachers was surveyed using an anonymous online questionnaire. The questionnaire asked for demographic information and this prompt: "Is STEM education important at the…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Preservice Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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