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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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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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Coenders, Fer; Terlouw, Cees; Dijkstra, Sanne; Pieters, Jules – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2010
A curriculum innovation requires new learning material for students and a preparation program for teachers, in which teacher learning is a key ingredient. In this paper we describe how three experienced teachers, involved in the development and subsequent classroom enactment of student learning material for context-based chemistry education,…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Chemistry, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Pedagogical Content Knowledge