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Günther, Sarah Lena; Fleige, Jennifer; zu Belzen, Annette Upmeier; Krüger, Dirk – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and content knowledge (CK) are important dimensions of teachers' professional knowledge that are addressed in education programs for science teachers. In this article we present the structure, content, and evaluation of a preservice biology teachers' training program (N=173) to develop an elaborate understanding…
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Preservice Teachers, Biology, Science Instruction
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Wang, Jianlan; Sneed, Stacey – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
Inquiry, central in science education reforms for decades, is a critical element required in many teacher education programs. However, the instruction of inquiry-oriented pedagogies in those programs has limited impacts on science preservice teachers (PSTs) who arefvn the agent of transforming classroom instruction. The challenges include the…
Descriptors: Design, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Elementary Education
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Scharfenberg, Franz-Josef; Bogner, Franz X. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
To meet the requirements of students' cooperative learning, our quasi-experimental study addresses how preservice teachers (PSTs), as a component of their procedural pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), might develop more adequate tutor-student interactions during students' experimentation. Applying the assignment-assistance tutoring model, we…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Tutoring, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
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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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Lederman, Norman G.; Lederman, Judith S. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019
This study provides an example of a systematic professional development project designed to build capacity for the teaching of nature of science and scientific inquiry, while not sacrificing the learning of more traditional science subject matter. Specifically, this project examined the impact of a 5-year professional development project on K-12…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles
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Hanuscin, Deborah L.; Cisterna, Dante; Lipsitz, Kelsey – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2018
The Next Generation Science Standards call for changes in not only what is taught in elementary science but also how students engage in the learning experience to develop understanding of core disciplinary ideas. In this study we examined 5th-grade teachers' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) for 1 particular core idea: the small particle model…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Grade 5, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Kang, Emily J. S.; Donovan, Corinne; McCarthy, Mary Jean – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2018
The aim of this study was to assess elementary teachers' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) of and confidence in their ability to support students in enacting the science and engineering practices (SEPs) of the Next Generation Science Standards. Findings from this study were used to inform the planning of a professional development program for…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Elementary School Teachers, Engineering Education, Science Education
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Feille, Kelly K.; Nettles, Jenesta R.; Weinburgh, Molly H. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2018
Although much research has examined the professional development (PD) of science teachers, questions remain about what aspects of PD contribute to teacher change. It is important to continue to examine the nuanced ways in which PD can support in-service science teachers as they seek to hone their craft. This study used silhouettes constructed from…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Educational Needs, Needs Assessment
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Sen, Mehmet; Öztekin, Ceren; Demirdögen, Betül – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2018
This study focused on how science teachers' content knowledge influences their pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) with respect to the topic of cell division. The data were collected from 3 in-service teachers using interviews; observations; and teacher-provided documents, including written-answer exams. The participants' content knowledge was…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Case Studies, Science Teachers
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Masters, Heidi L.; Park Rogers, Meredith A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2018
Young children need opportunities to engage in the practice of constructing scientific explanations in order to develop their own understanding of science content. To engage in this scientific practice, teachers need to provide young children with explicit instruction and scaffolding. However, many classroom teachers' knowledge and beliefs for how…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Elementary School Teachers, Young Children, Scientific Concepts
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Yang, Yang; Liu, Xiufeng; Gardella, Joseph A., Jr. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2018
Systematic studies on the effectiveness of in-service teacher professional development (PD) are important for science education research and practice. Previous studies have mostly focused on certain outcomes of PD, for example, the effectiveness of PD for improving teachers' knowledge or students' learning outcomes. This study, however, explores…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Science Education, Scientific Concepts
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Roseman, Jo Ellen; Herrmann-Abell, Cari F.; Koppal, Mary – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2017
Focusing on the science knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge that teachers need to realize the vision of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in their classrooms, this article presents findings from efforts to (a) adapt existing criteria and design heuristics for educative features of curriculum materials and apply them in the…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Instructional Design
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Nixon, Ryan S.; Hill, Kathleen M.; Luft, Julie A. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2017
Although studies repeatedly show both the importance of teachers' science subject matter knowledge (SMK) and the fact that teachers have limited SMK, there are few opportunities for teachers to formally enhance their understanding of science after entering the classroom. Therefore, there is significant need for teachers to develop their SMK…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Secondary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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Pringle, Rose M.; Mesa, Jennifer; Hayes, Lynda – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2017
Teacher professional development (PD) is central to the realization of the current reform efforts in science education. In this qualitative study, we investigated how educative curriculum materials supported middle school science teachers' learning within the context of a comprehensive PD program focused on the enactment of a reform-based science…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Middle School Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Curriculum
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