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Salado, Alejandro; Chowdhury, Ahsan Habib; Norton, Anderson – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

Problem solving lies at the core of engineering and remains central in school mathematics. Word problems are a traditional instructional mechanism for learning how to apply mathematics to solving problems. Word problems are formulated so that a student can identify data relevant to the question asked and choose a set of mathematical operations…

Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Word Problems (Mathematics)

Asempapa, Reuben S. – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

This article describes the development, initial validation, and psychometric evaluation of the mathematical modeling attitude scale (MMAS). Specifically, both qualitative and quantitative techniques were used to generate relevant items. The MMAS assesses K-12 teachers' attitude toward mathematical modeling and examines their experiences with…

Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Mathematical Models, Test Construction, Psychometrics

Hart, Lynn C.; Auslander, Susan S.; Venuto, Nicole; Jacobs, Tiffany; Carothers, Jody; Chestnutt, Cliff – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

The purpose of this study was to review the existing research on affect (beliefs, attitudes, and emotions) of elementary prospective teachers (EPTs) in university mathematics content courses. We use as our time period from publication in the United States of the Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for Schools Mathematics through 2016. A search of…

Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Course Content

Kim, Eunjeong; Oliver, J. Steve; Kim, Young Ae – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

The goal of this article is to inform professional understanding regarding preservice science teachers' knowledge of engineering and the engineering design process. Originating as a conceptual study of the appropriateness of "knowledge as design" as a framework for conducting science teacher education to support learning related to…

Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers

Mentzer, Gale A.; Czerniak, Charlene M.; Duckett, T. Ryan – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

Alternative pathways to teaching licensure were developed to address teacher shortages. These programs differ widely, making it difficult to generalize the effects. This study compares the impact of two alternative licensure programs on the development of fundamental elements of science teacher preparation and persistence. The fast-track programs…

Descriptors: STEM Education, Alternative Teacher Certification, Science Teachers, Teacher Persistence

Du, Wenbin; Liu, Denghui; Johnson, Carla C.; Sondergeld, Toni A.; Bolshakova, Virginia L. J.; Moore, Tamara J. – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

This study of a state-funded, 3-year implementation of an integrated STEM professional development (PD) program for teachers from two middle schools in the midwestern U.S. examined if participants in the PD were enabled to transform their practice and perceptions of STEM. An integrated STEM approach includes a focus on the STEM disciplines, along…

Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, STEM Education, Faculty Development, Teacher Effectiveness

Baliram, Nalline; Ellis, Arthur K. – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of metacognitive strategies and content-specific feedback on student achievement in high school mathematics. Participants consisted of a convenience sample of students in honors geometry. An analysis of variance with repeated measures was employed to address the research questions. For both the…

Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Metacognition, Feedback (Response), Academic Achievement

Brandl, Rayelynn; Alvarado, Arlene; Peltomaa, Abigail – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

The Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (CFWEP) goals are: (a) increasing students' understanding of the nature of ecological impacts within their watershed as related to historic mining damage; and (b) increasing students' sense of stewardship of newly restored landscapes. Data from 2012 to 2016 were evaluated for student knowledge gains (46…

Descriptors: Environmental Education, Student Attitudes, Mining, Conservation (Environment)

Bicer, Ali; Capraro, R. M. – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

The purpose of this study is to compare students' mathematics achievement growth rate in Texas science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (T-STEM) academies to students' mathematics achievement growth rate in traditional public high schools. Forty-six schools, 23 of which were T-STEM academies and 23 of which were matched non-STEM schools,…

Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Secondary School Mathematics, STEM Education, Comparative Analysis

Olson, Amy M.; Stoehr, Kathleen Jablon – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

This paper presents qualitative and quantitative approaches to exploring teachers' experiences of mathematics anxiety (for learning and doing mathematics) and mathematics teaching anxiety (for instructing others in mathematics), the relationship between these types of anxiety and test/evaluation anxiety, and the impacts of anxiety on experiences…

Descriptors: Student Experience, Numbers, Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teachers

Hong, Dae S.; Choi, Kyong Mi; Runnalls, Cristina; Hwang, Jihyun – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

Among dozens of factors that influence mathematics teaching in the elementary classroom, textbooks endure as a significant contributor to the conversation. While teachers have many considerations while lesson planning, the textbook often forms an important launch point in determining what to include in lessons and how to do so. It follows that…

Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Students, Textbooks

Kosko, Karl W. – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

Visual representations and manipulatives are a highly advocated mathematical tool for the teaching and learning of multiplication and division. Although there is some prior research on elementary teachers' general use of manipulatives and visual representations, there is little to no specific focus on use of such representations on a specific…

Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction

Killough, Joy K.; Stuessy, Carol L. – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

Can participation in a 4-day workshop change science teachers' beliefs about reformed science teaching? We observe a significant difference between pre- and post-workshop surveys and explore an unexpected relationship involving teaching experience. Results of this exploratory study indicate a significant correlation between high school science…

Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Attitude Change, Science Teachers, Teacher Workshops

Stohlmann, Micah – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

Of the four subjects in an integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) approach, mathematics has not received enough focus. This could be in part because mathematics teachers may be apprehensive or unsure about how to implement integrated STEM education in their classrooms. There are benefits to integrated STEM in a…

Descriptors: STEM Education, Middle School Students, Student Motivation, Engineering

Carpenter, Stacey L.; Iveland, Ashley; Moon, Sungmin; Hansen, Alexandria K.; Harlow, Danielle B.; Bianchini, Julie A. – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

We investigated beginning secondary science teachers' understandings of the science and engineering practice of developing and using models. Our study was situated in a scholarship program that served two groups: undergraduate STEM majors interested in teaching, or potential teachers, and graduate students enrolled in a teacher education program…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Undergraduate Students