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Thompson, Stephen L.; Emmer, Ed – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
This exploratory case study centered on 3 beginning elementary science teachers who experienced variations in practice-based instructional approaches within their elementary teacher development sequence. We define "practice-based instructional approaches" as engaging with teaching approximations that occur in authentic classroom settings…
Descriptors: Methods Courses, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Adler, Idit; Zion, Michal; Rimerman-Shmueli, Esther – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
This study examined teachers' expressions of the dynamic characteristics of open inquiry, which emphasize the scientific, continuous, and flexible thinking and affective aspects associated with the inquiry process. Metacognitive prompts supported teachers' reflections as they engaged in an open inquiry process. Using both qualitative and…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Cues, Metacognition, Active Learning
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Seung, Elsun; Park, Soonhye; Lee, Myung-Ah – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
The purpose of this research is to examine the effect of a summer camp-based science methods course on elementary pre-service teachers' self-efficacy in teaching science as inquiry. The science camp was offered to K-6 students as part of the 4-week, 3-credit science teaching methods course over the summer. The pre-service teachers were asked to…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Science Instruction, Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education
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Cutucache, Christine E.; Leas, Heather D.; Grandgenett, Neal F.; Nelson, Kari L.; Rodie, Steven; Shuster, Robert; Schaben, Chris; Tapprich, William E. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2017
The overall purpose of this multifocused study was to explore how participation in genuine mentored scientific research experiences impacts in-service science teachers and the knowledge and skills needed for their own science teaching. The research experiences resulted from a partnership between the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Omaha…
Descriptors: Mentors, Inservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers, Science Instruction