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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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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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Cullen, Theresa A.; Akerson, Valarie L.; Hanson, Deborah L. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2010
Teachers are required to work with data on a daily basis to assess the effectiveness of their teaching strategies, but may not approach it as research. This paper presents a reflective discussion of how and when a professional development team used an action research project to help 12 K-6 teachers explore the effectiveness of reform based Nature…
Descriptors: Action Research, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods, Inquiry