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de Graaf, Arjan; Westbroek, Hanna; Janssen, Fred – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
In this study we investigated how a theoretical framework we developed for making differentiated instruction practical worked out in a trajectory (1 year, 5 sessions) that aimed to support 5 secondary biology teachers in designing differentiated instruction practices. The key feature of the framework is the development of cost-effective…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Biology, Science Teachers, Genetics
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Wu, Shelly C.; Silveus, Allison; Vasquez, Stacy; Biffi, Daniella; Silva, Cecilia; Weinburgh, Molly – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
To bridge the gap for English language learners (ELLs) in science, hybrid language affords the opportunity for students to communicate through various modes, including natural language, visual representations, mathematical expressions, and manual-technical operations. The purpose of this study was to investigate how ELLs use hybrid language (a) to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, English Language Learners, Language Usage, Persuasive Discourse
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Heineke, Amy J.; Smetana, Lara; Carlson Sanei, Jenna – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Teacher education programs are responsible for preparing science teachers for today's culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms, which includes preparing them to support students' science learning and language development. Given the rapid growth in linguistic diversity across the country, science teacher preparation for English learners,…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Bilingualism, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers
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Karlström, Matti; Hamza, Karim – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Although microteaching is a common approach to engaging preservice teachers in reflection on teaching in on-campus courses, this reflection is usually carried out as a separate part. We examined how preservice middle school science teachers reflected amid planning a 20-min microteaching unit on sustainable development. Six groups of preservice…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers, Reflective Teaching
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Biggers, Mandy; Miller, Alison Riley; Zangori, Laura; Whitworth, Brooke A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
The mentoring relationships between preservice teachers and their cooperating teachers have been established as critical to the retention or attrition of novice teachers (Clarke, Triggs, & Nielsen, 2014), yet little research has been conducted to examine what factors around mentor teacher selection and support are most salient to creating…
Descriptors: Mentors, Correlation, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Bancroft, Senetta F.; Herrington, Deborah G.; Dumitrache, Roxana – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
This quasi-experimental study evaluated middle- and high-school science teachers' implementation of three-dimensional (3D) instruction as defined by the "Next Generation Science Standards." Teachers participated in a long-term professional development (PD) program designed to increase their use of inquiry-based science instruction. We…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Navy, Shannon L.; Maeng, Jennifer L.; Bell, Randy L. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Although there is growing understanding of beginning secondary science teacher learning and development in the United States, little is known about their learning experiences at professional development (PD) conferences. To increase knowledge in this area, this study investigated the experiences of 68 beginning secondary science teachers at a…
Descriptors: State Programs, Faculty Development, Conferences (Gatherings), Science Teachers
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Gul, Tugce; Demir, Kadir; Criswell, Brett – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Mentoring, as one of the formal teacher leadership roles, creates a space for teachers to display their leadership potential as it indirectly brings value to the school community (Ensher & Murphy, 2006). The purpose of this qualitative case study is to examine mentor teachers' perceptions whether they transfer their evolving mentoring skills…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Mentors, Leadership Training, Leadership Role
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McFadden, Justin – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
The current study, a uniquely challenging failed partnership, describes via an exploratory case study design the endeavors of a single middle school science teacher as he translated the reform messages of the Next Generation Science Standards into actual classroom practice. Data collected from both within and outside of the classroom revealed the…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Science Teachers, Educational Change, Academic Standards
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Spatz, Verena; Wilhelm, Thomas; Hopf, Martin; Waltner, Christine; Wiesner, Hartmut – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
The project described here was aimed at developing and evaluating a novel curriculum with corresponding instructional materials for middle school students on an introduction to Newtonian mechanics, based on physics education research findings. A case study showed that teachers who attended a half-day workshop on the curriculum subsequently enacted…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Faculty Development, Curriculum Development
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Harrell, Pamela Esprívalo; Thompson, Ruthanne; Brooks, Kanini – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
This 5-year study investigated transfer and retention behavior for 76 science and mathematics teachers in the United States. Counter to the research literature, a bivariate correlation analysis showed that poverty, minority composition, and passing state exams did not impact a decision to transfer schools after the 1st year of teaching, although…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Poverty, Discipline
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Jackson, Julie K.; Huerta, Margarita; Garza, Tiberio; Narvaez, Rose – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
This study addressed the pressing need to help adolescent English learning and economically disadvantaged student populations succeed in science and close achievement gaps. It reports the results of a two-year professional development initiative implemented at a high-poverty suburban high school in South Texas. We examined how the combination of…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, High School Students, At Risk Students, Economically Disadvantaged
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Johnson, Heather J.; Mawyer, Kirsten K. N. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Practice-based approaches to teacher education should emphasize strategies that help teacher candidates centralize student thinking in instructional practice while providing a rationale for why student thinking is integral to student learning. This study describes how secondary science teacher candidates engage in tool-supported analysis of…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Clubs, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Mawyer, Kirsten K. N.; Johnson, Heather J. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Educational reform needs to address the role of literacy in science if there is to be any hope of achieving the goal of literacy for all U.S. students. For reading to play a more prominent role in secondary science, teacher education programs need to develop and offer courses that familiarize preservice science teachers with disciplinary literacy.…
Descriptors: Reading Strategies, Scientific Literacy, Secondary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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Ogodo, Justina A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Many high school classrooms in the United States have physics teachers who are teaching the subject outside their certified content areas because of a severe shortage of physics teachers. There is a critical need to improve the knowledge base of these out-of-field teachers. This comparative case study examined the instructional practice of…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement, Physics, High School Teachers, Secondary School Science
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