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Arican, Muhammet – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
This study investigated preservice middle school mathematics teachers' (PSTs) understanding of proportional and nonproportional relationships and their abilities to differentiate these relationships from each other. The PSTs' abilities to interpret and represent proportional and nonproportional situations and solution strategies were also…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Multiplication, Mathematics Education, Preservice Teachers
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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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Leavy, Aisling; Hourigan, Mairead; Carroll, Claire – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
This study reports entry-level mathematics attitudes of pre-service primary teachers entering an initial teacher education (ITE) program one decade apart. Attitudes of 360 pre-service primary teachers were compared to 419 pre-service teachers entering the same college of education almost one decade later. The latter experienced reform school…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Teachers
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Jao, Limin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
For pre-service teachers (PSTs) who have been exposed to traditional approaches, teacher education courses can be a revelatory experience in their development as educators. This study explores if Canadian upper elementary/lower secondary (grades 4-10) PSTs change their beliefs about mathematics teaching as a result of taking a mathematics methods…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Student Attitudes
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Dreher, Anika; Kuntze, Sebastian; Lerman, Stephen – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
Dealing with multiple representations and their connections plays a key role for learners to build up conceptual knowledge in the mathematics classroom. Hence, professional knowledge and views of mathematics teachers regarding the use of multiple representations certainly merit attention. In particular, investigating such views of preservice…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes
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Soprano, Kristina; Yang, Li-Ling – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2013
This case study reports the effects of a cooperative learning field experience on a pre-service teacher's views of inquiry-based science and her science teaching self-efficacy. Framed by an action research model, this study examined (a) the pre-service teacher's developing understanding of inquiry-based science teaching and learning…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Action Research, Self Efficacy, Science Instruction
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Melville, Wayne; Bartley, Anthony; Fazio, Xavier – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2013
This article considers the impact of scaffolding on pre-service science teachers' constitution of identities as teachers of inquiry. This scaffolding has consisted of 2 major components, a unit on current electricity which encompasses the inquiry continuum and an open inquiry which is situated in context of classroom practice. Our analysis…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Energy, Professional Identity, Teaching Methods
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Koponen, Ismo; Nousiainen, Maija – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2013
Good conceptual understanding of physics is based on understanding what the key concepts are and how they are related. This kind of understanding is especially important for physics teachers in planning how and in what order to introduce concepts in teaching; connections which tie concepts to each other give direction of progress--there is "flux…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Concept Mapping, Organization
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Bursal, Murat – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2010
This study investigated Turkish preservice, elementary teachers' personal mathematics teaching efficacy (PMTE), and science teaching efficacy (PSTE) beliefs at the end of their teacher education program. A majority of the participants believed they were well prepared to teach both elementary mathematics and science, but their PSTE scores were…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Self Efficacy, Gender Differences
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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
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Olson, Joanne K. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2007
A research-based framework for teaching science is a heuristic tool used to help preservice teachers conceptualize many complexities of teaching while making explicit the strategy to use a research-based body of professional knowledge to inform instructional decision-making (Clough, 2003, Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Learning Theories, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science
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Veal, William R.; Jackson, Zachary – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2006
The purpose of this paper is to describe how and why a primary science methods classroom was conceived, designed, and developed for preservice and inservice teachers. Just as science educators believe that students learn best by constructing their knowledge of the natural world with the aid of a teacher and colleagues, science educators also…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Constructivism (Learning), Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses
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Corrigan, Gerry; Taylor, Neil – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2004
The effects of a Self Regulated Learning (SRL) environment on pre-service primary teachers of Science and Technology were investigated in this exploratory study. A representative sample of teachers was interviewed about their experience and how it impacted on them pedagogically, affectively, conceptually and metacognitively. The preliminary…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Primary Education, Science Education, Technology