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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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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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Zangori, Laura; Friedrichsen, Patricia J.; Wulff, Eric; Womack, Andrew J. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2017
We studied how the practices of modeling supported preservice teachers (PSTs) as a reflection tool for knowledge integration in their science methods courses. In this exploratory study, elementary (n = 4) and middle/secondary (n = 7) PSTs drew models of the process of teaching and learning, including what occurred before, during, and after…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Reflection, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Preservice Teacher Education
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Donna, Joel D.; Hick, Sarah R. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2017
Gaps in elementary teachers' subject matter knowledge influence their teaching and student learning of science. Educative curriculum materials can support teacher subject matter knowledge. We investigated whether preservice teachers in 2 universities (n = 92) had gains in subject matter knowledge if they participated in modeled instruction related…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Preservice Teachers
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Rosenthal, Dorothy B. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1993
Describes a lesson on pseudoscience for a teaching methods course that promotes active student participation, is not a laboratory activity, and follows the sequence of the three phases associated with the learning cycle model. Contains a true-false science questionnaire to be administered to students as a bridge to discussion. (PR)
Descriptors: College Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Learning Processes