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Kaya, Erdogan; Newley, Anna; Yesilyurt, Esgi; Deniz, Hasan – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2019
The Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) underscore the importance of including engineering design process (EDP) within the science curriculum. The Framework and the NGSS raised engineering design to the level of scientific inquiry in an attempt to prepare a STEM-literate workforce for the 21st…
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education, Engineering Education
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Kirst, Scott; Flood, Tim – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
The integration of an undergraduate science content course and science methods course into a single combined course for preservice teachers, including a precourse field experience, was undertaken at a small, liberal arts college. The conceptual framework for this new delivery system was grounded in the "Next Generation Science Standards…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Methodology, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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van Zee, Emily; Grobart, Emma; Roberts-Harris, Deborah – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
What responsibility do science teacher educators have for engaging students in learning about global climate change in courses? How can the topic of global climate change be added to an already packed course curriculum? The authors have begun assembling instructional resources and learning ways others have incorporated global climate change in…
Descriptors: Climate, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Educators
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Scott, Catherine M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Preservice elementary teachers' lack of confidence in teaching science is an ongoing concern. Only 29% of elementary teachers in the field felt "very well prepared to teach life science," according to the National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education. Research has suggested that bridging informal and formal science education can…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses
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Ellerton, Sharon; Carmona, Naydu; Tsimounis, Areti – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
There is an urgent need to increase K-12 science knowledge and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) preparedness for college. State and national data suggest a strong correlation between student performance in STEM subjects and student socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity. Queensborough Community College (QCC) is situated…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Honors Curriculum, Service Learning
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Haines, Sarah – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
Stream investigation and restoration projects offer unique experiential opportunities to engage students in outdoor learning experiences that are relevant to the communities in which they live. These experiences promote an understanding of watershed issues and establish positive attitudes and behaviors that benefit local watersheds and help to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Outdoor Education, Relevance (Education), Conservation (Environment)
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Bergman, Daniel J.; Morphew, Jason – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
The preparation of elementary teachers to successfully teach science in their classrooms is a central issue in science education. The teacher preparation program at a large Midwestern university was modified to include a new science content course aimed at this need. A pre-/postassessment research model involved participants (N = 154) completing a…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science
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Knowlton, Sarah; Fogleman, Jay; Reichsman, Frieda; de Oliveira, Glenisson – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
This article reports on the potential of higher education science faculty involvement in a K-12 scientist-teacher partnership as a source of faculty professional development.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, Science Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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McCarthy, Deborah Louise – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education is a national instructional priority. As part of Southeastern Louisiana University's STEM Outreach Initiative, funded by a Shell Oil Company Foundation grant to raise interest in STEM-related activities, teacher candidates were given the opportunity to leave their classroom to…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Fairs, Learning Activities, Experiential Learning
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Miele, Eleanor – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
The Draw-a-Scientist Test (DAST) is a tool to assess stereotypical imagery of scientists. This paper describes the use of the DAST as both a model for inquiry and as a method of assessing the affective domain. The DAST was administered in a science education methods course for undergraduate students of elementary education, a methods course for…
Descriptors: Scientists, Social Attitudes, Stereotypes, Science Instruction
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Bonney, Kevin M. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
This article describes an interrupted case study that intersperses information about diffusion and osmosis with content review and knowledge application questions, as well as a simple experiment that can be conducted without the use of a laboratory. The case study was developed for use in an introductory undergraduate biology course. The case…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Case Studies, Scientific Concepts
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Saint-Hilaire, Line Augustin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
This article describes how the incorporation of a writing assignment, creating a book about culture and science, into the syllabus of methods science course for preservice teachers, was used to foster science content learning. Preservice teachers were actively and purposely engaged in science learning through the generation of a book about a…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Preservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses, Science Instruction
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Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
To supplement the summer reading of National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) members, the NSTA Committee on Research in Science Education suggested a list of science education research articles that were published in the journals of NSTA's affiliates in 2012. These articles covered a variety of topics that include learning about…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Summer Programs, Reading Materials, Science Teachers
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van Zee, Emily H.; Jansen, Henri; Winograd, Kenneth; Crowl, Michele; Devitt, Adam – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
We designed a physics course for prospective elementary and middle school teachers to foster aspects of scientific thinking recommended in reform documents. Because the elementary school curriculum focuses heavily on literacy, we also explicitly integrated physics and literacy learning in this course. By integrating physics and literacy learning,…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Science Education, Physics, Literacy Education
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Kazempour, Mahsa; Amirshokoohi, Aidin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
This article discusses the key components of a reform-based introductory undergraduate environmental science course for nonscience majors and elementary teacher candidates as well as the impact of such components on the participants. The main goals for the course were to actively engage the students in their learning and, in doing so, to enhance…
Descriptors: Nonmajors, Environmental Education, Undergraduate Study, Curriculum Development
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