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Ortega, Irasema; Luft, Julie A.; Wong, Sissy S. – School Science and Mathematics, 2013
Early career science teachers are often assigned to classrooms with high numbers of English language learners (ELLs). For the underprepared early career science teacher, these circumstances are challenging. This study examines the changes in beliefs and practices of an early career science teacher who taught high numbers of ELLs in an urban…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Beginning Teachers, English Language Learners, Urban Schools
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Cartwright, Tina Johnson – School Science and Mathematics, 2012
The purpose of this study was to assess the impact a community-based service learning program might have on preservice teachers' science instruction during student teaching. Designed to promote science inquiry, preservice teachers learned how to offer students more opportunities to develop their own ways of thinking through utilization of an…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, High Stakes Tests, Teaching Methods, Student Teaching
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Wissehr, Cathy; Concannon, Jim; Barrow, Lloyd H. – School Science and Mathematics, 2011
Two years and seven months after the initiation of the U.S. satellite program, Soviet Russia launched a rocket north of the Caspian Sea carrying the now famous "Sputnik I" satellite. U.S. scientists were aware that Soviet Russia was planning on putting an artificial satellite into orbit; however, secrecy surrounding the timing and the…
Descriptors: Satellites (Aerospace), Foreign Countries, Science Education, Political Attitudes
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Ruebush, Laura E.; Grossman, Ethan L.; Miller, Stephen A.; North, Simon W.; Schielack, Jane F.; Simanek, Eric E. – School Science and Mathematics, 2009
The Information Technology in Science (ITS) Center for Teaching and Learning was a National Science Foundation funded program to provide high-quality professional development for 7-12th grade science teachers. The subgroup on which this paper focuses was immersed in an innovative approach to understanding chemistry of the environment. The group…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Professional Development, Summer Programs
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Koballa, Thomas R., Jr.; Dias, Michael J.; Atkinson, Jennifer Lance – School Science and Mathematics, 2009
Inquiry-focused professional development and conceptions of inquiry held by eight professional development leaders were investigated within the context of a state science teacher conference. The prominent session format involved session leaders modeling classroom experiences. In all sessions, classroom inquiry was portrayed as a teacher-guided…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Professional Development, Leaders, Conferences (Gatherings)