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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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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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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