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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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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