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Capps, Daniel K.; Crawford, Barbara A.; Constas, Mark A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2012
This review brings together the literature on inquiry-based teaching and learning and science teacher professional development (PD). We present a targeted critical review of research focused specifically on the nature of PD programs purported to emphasize inquiry. Our review analyzes the features of each program and critiques the reported outcomes…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Science Teachers, Professional Development, Inquiry
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Allen, Michael; Coole, Hilary – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2012
This paper describes a randomised educational experiment (n = 47) that examined two different teaching methods and compared their effectiveness at correcting one science misconception using a sample of trainee primary school teachers. The treatment was designed to promote engagement with the scientific concept by eliciting emotional responses from…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Scientific Concepts, Learning Experience, Misconceptions
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Grier, Jeanne M.; Johnston, Carol C. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2012
In this qualitative study, we identify the complexity of the transitioning identities of four STEM career changers to better inform teacher education programs on how to be more mindful of the needs of this population as they return to the life of a student again on their path toward a new career in teaching. Findings suggest the career changers…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Career Change, STEM Education, Identification
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Haigh, Mavis A.; Anthony, Glenda J. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2012
This paper reports on 20 newly qualified secondary science teachers (NQSSTs) participating in a New Zealand study on teachers' early professional learning. The focus of our study is how these new teachers were nurtured to become competent science teachers, confident of their ability to positively influence student learning. Based on responses to a…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Interviews
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Sandholtz, Judith Haymore; Ringstaff, Cathy – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2011
This study investigated the extent to which teacher professional development led to changes in science instruction in K-2 classrooms in rural school districts. The research specifically examined changes in (a) teachers' content knowledge in science; (b) teachers' self-efficacy related to teaching science; (c) classroom instructional time allotted…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Faculty Development, Rural Schools
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Posnanski, Tracy J. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2010
Establishing literacy in science is often linked to building knowledge about the Nature of Science (NOS). This paper describes and evaluates an inservice program designed to build elementary teachers' understanding of NOS and an awareness of how NOS impacts science classroom instruction. Data sources consisted of surveys, action research plan…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Action Research, Scientific Principles, Professional Development
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Coenders, Fer; Terlouw, Cees; Dijkstra, Sanne; Pieters, Jules – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2010
A curriculum innovation requires new learning material for students and a preparation program for teachers, in which teacher learning is a key ingredient. In this paper we describe how three experienced teachers, involved in the development and subsequent classroom enactment of student learning material for context-based chemistry education,…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Chemistry, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Cho, Seonhee; McDonnough, Jacqueline T. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2009
This survey study explored high school science teachers' challenges and needs specific to their growing English language learning (ELL) student population. Thirty-three science teachers from 6 English as a Second language (ESL)-center high schools in central Virginia participated in the survey. Issues surveyed were (a) strategies used by science…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, English (Second Language), Teacher Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
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Morrison, Judith A.; Estes, Jeffrey C. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2007
Middle school science teachers were involved in a problem-solving experience presented and guided by research scientists. Data on the teachers' perspectives about this professional development and any impact it may have had on their teaching practices were collected through interviews, surveys, and classroom observations. The findings show that…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Science Teachers, Scientists, Science Instruction
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Kirch, Susan A.; Bargerhuff, Mary Ellen; Cowan, Heidi; Wheatly, Michele – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2007
General education science teachers are meeting increasingly diverse classrooms of students that include students with disabilities. A one-week, summer, residential workshop was offered to interested science and special educators who worked through lab experiments one-on-one with students with physical or sensory disabilities (grades 7-12). To…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Special Education, Disabilities, Workshops
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Mamlok-Naaman, Rachel; Hofstein, Avi; Penick, John – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2007
We describe a workshop in which 10 teachers from 10 schools, located in central Israel, participated in the development of alternative assessment tools in the context of implementing a new science curriculum for senior high-school students, namely "Science for All" (an STS type curriculum). In order to assist a group of teachers (who…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Assignments, Research Tools, Learning Problems