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Ivey, Toni A.; Colston, Nicole M.; Thomas, Julie A. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2015
This article reports on a collaborative enterprise between Oklahoma State University's (OSU) NASA Education Projects and OSU's College of Education preservice elementary teachers (PSTs) to engage approximately 400 middle school students for a 20-minute live downlink with Commander Kevin Ford from the International Space Station (ISS). NASA…
Descriptors: Space Sciences, Earth Science, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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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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Stevenson, Kathryn T.; Carrier, Sarah J.; Peterson, M. Nils – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2014
Although elementary school may be a prime stage for building environmental literacy, elementary school teachers face significant barriers to including it in their instruction. Several studies have identified teachers' limited ecological science content knowledge and heavy emphasis on state standards and testing as common constraints to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Environmental Education, Literacy, Teacher Attitudes
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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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d'Alessio, Matthew A. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2014
Asking questions is one of the key external indicators of curiosity and a cornerstone of scientific inquiry. To understand the types of questions students ask in an introductory college science class for preservice elementary teachers, students used an online question-ranking tool (Google Moderator) as part of the daily routine. This study…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Science Instruction, Student Attitudes
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Koomen, Michele Hollingsworth; Blair, Robert; Young-Isebrand, Elisabeth; Oberhauser, Karen S. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2014
We used a mixed-methods study to understand the nature of classroom instruction and the enactments of inquiry with nine teachers after an extensive professional development (PD). The "Summer Ecology Institute for Teachers" focused on science as a process and included mentoring by scientists and science educators. We validated our…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development, Science Instruction
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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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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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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
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Crowther, David T. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1998
Proposes that preservice elementary education majors encounter five hurdles as they experience their science methods course: (1) reservations and hesitations or the anxiety stage; (2) awareness/enjoyment stage; (3) intrinsic shift; (4) rapid building of self confidence and self efficacy; and (5) empowerment. (MVL)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education
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Crowther, David T. – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 1997
Describes the programs of 43 responding universities that have specialized content science courses for elementary education majors. Provides contact addresses for each university. (MVL)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education, Methods Courses
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