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García-Carmona, Antonio – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This article presents a qualitative descriptive-interpretive study about the abilities of pre-service primary science teachers (PPTs) to solve a measurement problem put to them as an activity of scientific inquiry. The participants in the study were 23 PPTs receiving training in science teaching, organized into small groups to solve the proposed…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education, Science Teachers, Problem Solving
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García-Carmona, Antonio; Criado, Ana M.; Cruz-Guzmán, Marta – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
A diagnostic study is presented of the prior experiences, conceptions, and pedagogical valuations of prospective primary teachers (PPTs) about experimental activities (ExA's) in science education. The participants were 121 PPTs who, in small teams, responded to various questions related to ExA. Their responses were analysed interpretively with…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education, Science Education, Science Experiments
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Cormas, Peter C. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
Preservice teachers in six sections (n = 87) of a sequenced, methodological and process-integrated elementary mathematics/science methods course were able to reconcile an issue centered on a similar area of epistemology. Preservice teachers participated in a science inquiry lesson on biological classification and a mathematics problem-solving…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Epistemology, Integrated Curriculum
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Lee, Joohi – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
This study is purposed to measure the efficacy of implementing College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) math standards into math methods courses for early childhood and elementary education teacher candidates at an urban university located in the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex area. A total of 161 college seniors (teacher candidates)…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Program Implementation, College Readiness, Career Readiness
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Bleicher, Robert E. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships among science content knowledge, understanding the Learning Cycle, and self-efficacy among preservice teachers. Preservice teachers enrolled in an elementary science-methods course were categorized as Fearful, Disinterested, Successful, or Enthusiastic science learners based on differing…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum
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Everett, Susan A.; Otto, Charlotte A.; Luera, Gail R. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2009
We used four different methods to determine the best means of assessing over 200 preservice elementary teachers' growth in knowledge of models and their use in K-8 classrooms while participating in the Science Capstone course that focused on the unifying themes of models in science. Each assessment method probed a different aspect of models (from…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Preservice Teachers, Student Evaluation, Prior Learning
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Martin-Dunlop, Catherine; Fraser, Barry J. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2008
This study assessed the effectiveness of an innovative science course for improving prospective elementary teachers' perceptions of laboratory learning environments and attitudes towards science. The sample consisted of 27 classes with 525 female students in a large urban university. Changing students' ideas about science laboratory teaching and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary Education, Instructional Innovation, Preservice Teachers