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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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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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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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Dajani, Majida "Mohammed Yousef" – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2017
This qualitative interpretive study aimed to explore the use of content-based story writing as an educative curriculum to promote science teachers' professional learning. It also aimed to help teachers interact and reflect on their students' science stories to generate and explore content and pedagogical content knowledge. This study was carried…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries, Video Technology
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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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Menon, Deepika; Sadler, Troy D. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2016
Self-efficacy beliefs that relate to teachers' motivation and performance have been an important area of concern for preservice teacher education. Research suggests high-quality science coursework has the potential to shape preservice teachers' science self-efficacy beliefs. However, there are few studies examining the relationship between science…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Self Efficacy
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Hanuscin, Deborah L.; Zangori, Laura – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2016
Just as the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSSs) call for change in what students learn and how they are taught, teacher education programs must reconsider courses and curriculum in order to prepare teacher candidates to understand and implement new standards. In this study, we examine the development of prospective elementary…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Education Programs
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Sabel, Jaime L.; Forbes, Cory T.; Zangori, Laura – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2015
To support elementary students' learning of core, standards-based life science concepts highlighted in the "Next Generation Science Standards," prospective elementary teachers should develop an understanding of life science concepts and learn to apply their content knowledge in instructional practice to craft elementary science learning…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary School Teachers, Formative Evaluation
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Olson, Joanne K.; Tippett, Christine D.; Milford, Todd M.; Ohana, Chris; Clough, Michael P. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2015
This article provides a description of science teacher education policy in Canada and the USA. We focus on qualifications and procedures to obtain an initial teaching license, requirements for license renewal, and trends in our respective countries. In both countries, science teacher education is the responsibility of the province or state, rather…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Education, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries
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Cofré, Hernán; González-Weil, Corina; Vergara, Claudia; Santibáñez, David; Ahumada, Germán; Furman, Melina; Podesta, María E.; Camacho, Johanna; Gallego, Rómulo; Pérez, Royman – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2015
In this review, the main characteristics of science teacher education in three countries in South America, namely Argentina, Chile and Colombia, are examined. Although reforms toward constructivist and inquiry-based teaching in science instruction have been made in each of the three reviewed countries, each country demonstrates limitations in the…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Foreign Countries, Educational Change
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Santau, Alexandra O.; Maerten-Rivera, Jaime L.; Bovis, Stephanie; Orend, Jacob – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2014
Since the beginning of the reform movement in science education, there has been concern that elementary teachers lack the science content knowledge (SCK) needed to engage students in authentic scientific inquiry. This study included 19 preservice elementary teachers and examined the development of their SCK within the context of a uniquely…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Methods Courses
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Papadouris, Nicos; Hadjigeorgiou, Angela; Constantinou, Constantinos P. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2014
Energy is recognized as a core idea in science and, hence, a significant learning objective of science education. The effective promotion of this learning objective posits that teachers themselves possess sound conceptual understanding. This is needed for enabling them to organize effective learning environments for their students. In this study,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Energy Conservation, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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