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Sandholtz, Judith Haymore; Ringstaff, Cathy – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2014
This longitudinal study examined the extent to which teachers' participation in a 3-year professional development program enhanced their self-efficacy and prompted changes in science instruction in the early elementary grades. The study used a mixed-methods design, and included 39 teachers who taught in kindergarten, first grade, or second…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Faculty Development, Self Efficacy, Teacher Effectiveness
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Shanahan, Therese; Shea, Lauren M. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2012
English learners are faced with the dual challenge of acquiring English while learning academic content through the medium of the new language (Lee et al. in "J Res Sci Teach" 45(6):726-747, 2008; Stoddart et al. in "J Res Sci Teach" 39(8):664-687, 2002) and therefore need specific accommodations to achieve in both English and the content areas.…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Learning Strategies, Second Language Learning, Professional Development
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Sandholtz, Judith Haymore; Ringstaff, Cathy – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2011
This study investigated the extent to which teacher professional development led to changes in science instruction in K-2 classrooms in rural school districts. The research specifically examined changes in (a) teachers' content knowledge in science; (b) teachers' self-efficacy related to teaching science; (c) classroom instructional time allotted…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Faculty Development, Rural Schools
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Oliveira, Alandeom W. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2010
This study explores how elementary teachers perceive and use "engaging oral strategies" (i.e., manners of speaking that encourage students to participate and become engaged in science discussions). It is reported that the strategies employed as well as their frequency varied substantially depending upon on the teachers' grade level and…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Grade 4
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Zhang, Meilan; Passalacqua, Susan; Lundeberg, Mary; Koehler, Matthew J.; Eberhardt, Jan; Parker, Joyce; Urban-Lurain, Mark; Zhang, Tianyi; Paik, Sunhee – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2010
In this study we described an action research project enacted by a veteran Kindergarten teacher (Sarah) in the context of a professional development program. Over the course of a year, Sarah collaborated with other teachers in a small group to investigate how to use "Science Talks" to promote student learning in Kindergarten classrooms. A…
Descriptors: Action Research, Problem Based Learning, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers
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Yore, Larry D.; Anderson, John O.; Shymansky, James A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2005
This case study of a midwestern school district's reform effort explored the treatment fidelity of the Science: Parents, Activities, and Literature (Science PALs) project. Data were collected from the perspectives of three stakeholders: students, school district, and parents. Students' and school district supervisor's perceptions indicated that…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Constructivism (Learning), Curriculum Development, Educational Change