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Hill-Cunningham, P. Renee; Mott, Michael S.; Hunt, Anna-Blair – School Science and Mathematics, 2018
STEM education in elementary school is guided by the understanding that engineering represents the application of science and math concepts to make life better for people. The Engineering Design Process (EDP) guides the application of creative solutions to problems. Helping teachers understand how to apply the EDP to create lessons develops a…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Relevance (Education)
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Parker, Carolyn; Smith, Erica L.; McKinney, David; Laurier, Amanda – School Science and Mathematics, 2016
This study describes how student unit assessment data helped support ongoing curriculum revisions in the Baltimore City School District. This project is situated in the STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES) project, which is a National Science Foundation funded multi-year Math Science Partnership between the Johns Hopkins…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, STEM Education, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Development
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Parker, Carolyn; Abel, Yolanda; Denisova, Ekaterina – School Science and Mathematics, 2015
The new standards for K-12 science education suggest that student learning should be more integrated and should focus on crosscutting concepts and core ideas from the areas of physical science, life science, Earth/space science, and engineering/technology. This paper describes large-scale, urban elementary-focused science, technology, engineering,…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, STEM Education, Urban Schools, School Districts
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Baldwin, Kathryn A. – School Science and Mathematics, 2014
This study examined prospective elementary education majors' science teaching self-efficacy while they were enrolled in an introductory geology lab course for elementary education majors. The Science Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument Form B (STEBI-B) was administered during the first and last lab class sessions. Additionally, students were…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Geology
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Ellington, Aimee J.; Whitenack, Joy W.; Inge, Vickie L.; Murray, Megan K.; Schneider, Patti J. – School Science and Mathematics, 2012
This article describes the design and implementation of an assessment instrument for Numbers and Operations, the first course in a program to train elementary mathematics specialists. We briefly describe the course and its content, and then we elaborate on the process we used to develop the assessment instrument and the corresponding rubric for…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Teacher Leadership, Evaluation, Elementary School Mathematics
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Lewis, Scott; Maerten-Rivera, Jaime; Adamson, Karen; Lee, Okhee – School Science and Mathematics, 2011
The study examined relationships among key domains of science instruction with English language learning (ELL) students based on teachers' perceptions of their classroom practices (i.e., what they think they do) and actual classroom practices (i.e., what they are observed doing). The four domains under investigation included: (1) teachers'…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Second Language Learning, Grade 3, Science Instruction
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Shanahan, Marie-Claire; Pedretti, Erminia; DeCoito, Isha; Baker, Lindsay – School Science and Mathematics, 2011
This paper describes a subset of results from a large-scale two-year independent evaluation study conducted with the "Scientists in School" (SiS) outreach program and two large school boards in Ontario, Canada. Specifically, it explores the responses of elementary students (n= 811) from typically underrepresented groups in science…
Descriptors: Role Models, Females, Outreach Programs, Career Choice
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Luo, Fenqjen; Lo, Jane-Jane; Leu, Yuh-Chyn – School Science and Mathematics, 2011
The purpose of this paper is to show the similarities as well as the differences of fundamental fraction knowledge owned by preservice elementary teachers from the United States (N = 89) and Taiwan (N = 85). To this end, we examined and compared their performance on an instrument including 15 multiple-choice test items. The items were categorized…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Test Items, Multiple Choice Tests
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Cone, Neporcha – School Science and Mathematics, 2009
Bandura (1997) contends that when compared to other sources of efficacy, mastery experiences, when presented appropriately, have the most powerful influence on self-efficacy. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of community-based service learning (CBSL) experiences on preservice elementary teachers' personal self-efficacy…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Service Learning, Preservice Teacher Education
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Capraro, Mary Margaret; Ding, Meixia; Matteson, Shirley; Capraro, Robert M.; Li, Xiaobao – School Science and Mathematics, 2007
Teachers and researchers have long recognized that students tend to misunderstand the equal sign as an operator; that is, a signal for "doing something" rather than a relational symbol of equivalence or quantity sameness. Students' equal sign misconception has been researched for more than thirty years (Weaver, 1971, 1973) with little…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Misconceptions, Symbols (Mathematics), Mathematical Concepts
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Lewis, Nancy S. – School Science and Mathematics, 2006
Evaluation as a particular kind of investigated discipline is distinguished from, for example, traditional empirical research in the social sciences or from literary criticism, criminalistics, or investigative reporting, partly by its extraordinary multidisciplinarity (Scrivens, 1991, p. 141). It is this unique multidisciplinary feature of…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Science Programs, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Seaman, Carol E.; Szydlik, Jennifer Earles; Szydlik, Stephen D.; Beam, John E. – School Science and Mathematics, 2005
This study replicates Collier's (1972) work. It focuses on the beliefs of a large sample of elementary education students at four stages of teacher preparation, about both the nature of and the teaching of mathematics. The instrument measures what Collier termed a "formal-informal" dimension of belief. The data suggest that initially the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary Education, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Education
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Selover, Nancy J.; Dorn, Denise; Dorn, Ronald I.; Brazel, Anthony J. – School Science and Mathematics, 2003
Motorola Inc., research climatologists, preservice teachers taking a science requirement, and students in a Title I middle school explored whether a new major urban lake increases local humidity and decreases quality of life in a community dependent on "dry heat" during summers. Analysis of automated climate data reveals that the urban lake is too…
Descriptors: Education Majors, Preservice Teachers, Scientific Research, Low Income
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Lowery, Norene Vail – School Science and Mathematics, 2002
Attempts to further the understanding of how preservice teachers construct teacher knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge of elementary mathematics and science in a school-based setting and the extent of knowledge construction. Analysis and synthesis of data reveal an extensive acquisition of teacher knowledge and pedagogical content…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Mathematics Education, Preservice Teachers
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Sloan, Tina; Daane, C. J.; Giesen, Judy – School Science and Mathematics, 2002
Investigates the relationship between elementary preservice teachers' (n=72) mathematics anxiety levels and learning style preferences. Findings reveal a low but significant positive correlation between mathematics anxiety and a global (right-brain dominant) learning style. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Brain, Cognitive Style, Elementary Education, Mathematics Anxiety
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