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Pleasants, Jacob; Olson, Joanne K.; Tank, Kristina M. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Engineering design activities are a common way for teachers to incorporate engineering into their science classrooms, as called for by current science policy documents in the United States. However, little is known about how teachers prioritize different learning objectives during engineering design lessons. Understanding teachers' thinking on…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Design
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Hanuscin, Deborah L.; Cisterna, Dante; Lipsitz, Kelsey – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2018
The Next Generation Science Standards call for changes in not only what is taught in elementary science but also how students engage in the learning experience to develop understanding of core disciplinary ideas. In this study we examined 5th-grade teachers' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) for 1 particular core idea: the small particle model…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Grade 5, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Lee, Okhee; Llosa, Lorena; Jiang, Feng; O'Connor, Corey; Haas, Alison – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2016
Elementary school teachers' perceptions of school resources (i.e., material, human, and social) for teaching science to diverse student groups were examined across three school districts from one state. As part of a 3-year curricular and professional development intervention, we examined the effect on teachers' perceptions after their first year…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Intervention, Educational Resources, Teacher Attitudes
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Adamson, Karen; Santau, Alexandra; Lee, Okhee – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2013
This study examined elementary teachers' instructional strategies for promoting scientific understanding and inquiry and supporting English language development with diverse student groups including English language learners. The study was part of a 5-year research and development project consisting of reform-based science curriculum units and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Rees, Carol; Pardo, Richard; Parker, Jennifer – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2013
This qualitative multiple-comparative case study investigates (1) The reported experiences and impressions of four pre-service teachers (PTs) on practicum placement in four different classrooms (grades 1-9) where a new Steps to Inquiry (SI) framework was being utilized to support students conducting open inquiry; (2) The relative dispositions of…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Practicums, Science Instruction, Inquiry
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Capps, Daniel K.; Crawford, Barbara A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2013
Anecdotal accounts from science educators suggest that few teachers are teaching science as inquiry. However, there is little empirical evidence to support this claim. This study aimed to provide evidence-based documentation of the state-of-use of inquiry-based instruction and explicit instruction about nature of science (NOS). We examined the…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Direct Instruction, Science Instruction
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Weiland, Ingrid S.; Akerson, Valarie L. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2013
This study explored the nature of the relationship between a fifth-grade teacher and an informal science educator as they planned and implemented a life science unit in the classroom, and sought to define this relationship in order to gain insight into the roles of each educator. In addition, student learning as a result of instruction was…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science, Informal Education, Conventional Instruction
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Van Duzor, Andrea Gay – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2012
In many innovative science content professional development (PD) courses for teachers, science concepts are situated within pedagogical contexts, or in other words, science content is incorporated within contexts relevant to teaching and student learning. Pedagogical contexts are often used because they are believed to be engaging for teachers and…
Descriptors: Evidence, Chemistry, Educational Change, Professional Development
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Harris, Christopher J.; Phillips, Rachel S.; Penuel, William R. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2012
Prior research has shown that orchestrating scientific discourse in classrooms is difficult and takes a great deal of effort on the part of teachers. In this study, we examined teachers' instructional moves to elicit and develop students' ideas and questions as they orchestrated discourse with their fifth grade students during a learner-centered…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Investigations, Questioning Techniques, Biology
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Hendrix, Rebecca; Eick, Charles; Shannon, David – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2012
Creative drama activities designed to help children learn difficult science concepts were integrated into an inquiry-based elementary science program. Children (n = 38) in an upper elementary enrichment program at one primary school were the participants in this action research. The teacher-researcher taught students the Full Option Science…
Descriptors: Drama, Action Research, Student Attitudes, Enrichment Activities
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Farland-Smith, Donna – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2012
At a 5-day summer camp designed for middle-school girls (N = 50), fifth through ninth-grade students were able to identify with individual scientists and learn more about the science field. Data from the girls' journals, pictorial representations, and field notes demonstrated that these young women related to scientists who actively engaged them…
Descriptors: Females, Humor, Scientists, Middle Schools
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Bell, Clare Valerie; Odom, Arthur Louis – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2012
While much is known about K-12 teachers' participation in professional development (PD) on inquiry-based science instruction, how professors facilitate such PD is not as well documented. This reflective, descriptive study documents the pedagogical practices of three professors during a two-week summer PD program on inquiry-based science…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Professional Development, Grade 4
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Sinclair, Becky Barton; Naizer, Gilbert; Ledbetter, Cynthia – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2011
The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of a teacher professional development program on the classroom teaching practices of the participants. This particular professional development program included an intensive summer institute, 8 monthly follow-up sessions, informal participant-professor mentoring and peer networking. The majority…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Self Efficacy, Program Effectiveness, Grade 4
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Gunckel, Kristin L. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2011
This paper reports on one preservice teacher's use of the Inquiry-Application Instructional Model (I-AIM) to plan and teach an instructional sequence on photosynthesis to 5th-grade students. Analysis of the preservice teacher's planned and enacted instructional sequences and interviews shows that the preservice teacher was successful in leveraging…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Botany, Teacher Educators
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Capobianco, Brenda M. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2011
This study examines a fifth grade science teacher's attempts at integrating engineering design using the construct of uncertainty. Collaborative action research served as a supportive mechanism to uncover and confront the teacher's uncertainties. Data were gathered through semi-structured interviews, reflections, classroom observations, lesson…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Action Research, Interviews, Engineering
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