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Lau, Matty; Sikorski, Tiffany-Rose – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2018
Science museums are increasingly being recognized as sites for teacher education. In museums, teachers can develop content knowledge, learn new instructional approaches, gain confidence in teaching science, and develop ideas for how to use museum resources in their classrooms. Despite these reported benefits, little is known about the specific…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Museums, Teacher Education, Epistemology
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Bailie, Addisu Leyew – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2017
As teachers are being viewed as critical agents of educational change, conceptions and approaches of how to prepare teachers are changing. Among these changing conceptions of teacher preparation, the kinds of knowledge prospective teachers need to develop so as to be effective at teaching are often at the center of the debates. Pedagogical content…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers
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Whitworth, Brooke A.; Chiu, Jennifer L. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2015
Professional development in science education aims to support teacher learning with the ultimate goal of improving student achievement. A multitude of factors influence teacher change and the effectiveness of professional development. This review of the literature explores these factors and identifies school and district science leaders as a…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Science Achievement
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Bradbury, Leslie U. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2014
The purpose of this paper is to review the literature published during the last 20 years that investigates the impact of approaches that describe themselves as integrating science and language arts on student learning and/or attitude at the elementary level. The majority of papers report that integrated approaches led to greater student…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Language Arts, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods
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Aydin, Sevgi; Demirdögen, Betül; Muslu, Nilay; Hanuscin, Deborah L. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2013
A number of science education policy documents recommend that students develop an understanding of the enterprise of science and the nature of science (NOS). Despite this emphasis, there is still a gap between policy and practice. Teacher professional literature provides one potential venue for bridging this gap, by providing "activities that…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Science Instruction, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Scientific Concepts
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Capps, Daniel K.; Crawford, Barbara A.; Constas, Mark A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2012
This review brings together the literature on inquiry-based teaching and learning and science teacher professional development (PD). We present a targeted critical review of research focused specifically on the nature of PD programs purported to emphasize inquiry. Our review analyzes the features of each program and critiques the reported outcomes…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Science Teachers, Professional Development, Inquiry
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Saderholm, Jon C.; Tretter, Thomas R. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2008
Much has been said about what science content students need to learn (e.g., "Benchmarks for Science Literacy, National Science Education Standards"). Less has been said about what science content teachers need to know to teach the content students are expected to learn. This study analyzed four standards documents and assessment frameworks to…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Science Teachers, Scientific Literacy, Science Instruction
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Parsons, Eileen Carlton; Foster, Stephanie; Gomillion, Crystall Travis; Simpson, Jamila Smith – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2008
Science education reforms promote access to quality science education for all students. Outcome disparities in various measures indicate that such access remains elusive for African Americans. Cultural incongruence is one among many explanations for this previously described inaccessibility. The intent of this article is not to report additional…
Descriptors: African Americans, Educational Change, Science Teachers, Teacher Educators
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Watters, James J.; Diezmann, Carmel M. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2007
Numerous research studies have shown that science methods courses based on constructivist approaches can enhance teacher knowledge and confidence in ways that foster more positive attitudes to the teaching of science. However, a critical part of reflective practice is the opportunity to observe competent professionals practising their craft.…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Multimedia Materials
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Plummer, Donna M.; Barrow, Lloyd H. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1998
Reviews the literature related to the specific needs of beginning science teachers. Features programs and practices designed to support beginning teachers. Contains 32 references. (WRM)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development
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Rosenthal, Dorothy B. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1991
A list of reflective strategies that can be used in elementary science methods classes is presented and includes science education autobiography, critical incidents, reaction papers, scenarios, role playing/peer teaching, journal, instructor-student dialogue, and self-evaluation. The reflective approach to teacher education and science, a…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Elementary Education, Higher Education
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Rennie, Leonie J.; McClafferty, Terence – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1995
Synthesizes educational research about learning in interactive science and technology centers, museums, aquaria, and zoos, and distills from it guidelines for science teachers to ensure that class visits enhance the learning for their students. Topics covered include visitor behavior, interacting with exhibits, visit structure, social context,…
Descriptors: Aquariums, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Extracurricular Activities