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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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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