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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