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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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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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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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Gomez-Zwiep, Susan – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2008
This study sought to determine what elementary teachers know about student science misconceptions and how teachers address student misconceptions in instruction. The sample included 30 teachers from California with at least 1-year of experience teaching grades 3, 4, and 5. A semistructured interview was used. The interview transcripts were…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Misconceptions, Teaching Methods, Grade 4