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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
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Perkins Coppola, Matthew – School Science and Mathematics, 2019
Research indicates there is a need for teachers to experience multiple mastery experiences with engineering teaching in order to improve teaching engineering self-efficacy. To prepare future K-5 teachers to teach the engineering design process, one science methods course integrated 2-day engineering mini-units into the class meeting and…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Teaching Methods, Engineering Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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Jung, Hyunyi; Stehr, Eryn M.; He, Jia – School Science and Mathematics, 2019
Engaging with mathematical modeling can support learners to collaboratively explore mathematics in integrated ways as well as generate mathematical ideas and representations that may be useful in everyday life. Although several studies provide diverse insights into teaching and learning mathematical modeling, research has yet to be conducted on…
Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Secondary School Mathematics, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Jung, Hyunyi; Newton, Jill A. – School Science and Mathematics, 2018
Mathematical modeling has been highlighted recently as Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) included Model with Mathematics as one of the Standards for Mathematical Practices (SMP) and a modeling strand in the high school standards. This common aspect of standards across most states in the United States intended by CCSSM authors and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Mathematical Models
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Saylor, Laura Lackner; Walton, Janet B. – School Science and Mathematics, 2018
In order to explore the potential for math-talk learning communities (utilizing interactive discussions of mathematics principles) as a framework for preservice teacher learning, a math-talk learning community framework was adopted in a methods of teaching mathematics course for preservice early elementary teachers. A case study of the co-created…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Radloff, Jeffrey; Guzey, Selcen – School Science and Mathematics, 2017
Nationally, there is a steadily increasing emphasis on the improvement of STEM education. This includes the integration of STEM subjects that have been traditionally taught separately, making it critical that prospective STEM educators are equipped to teach using integrated STEM approaches. Connected, an important challenge is providing preservice…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Video Technology, Teaching Methods, Preservice Teachers
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Borgerding, Lisa A.; Caniglia, Joanne – School Science and Mathematics, 2017
Previous literature suggests that service learning may offer new opportunities to support the development of preservice science and math teachers, but few studies examine service learning beyond isolated teaching events. In this qualitative study, we attempt to improve upon this literature by following Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) students'…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Science, Preservice Teacher Education
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McDonald, Scott P. – School Science and Mathematics, 2016
Science teacher educators use examples of practice to support teacher candidates (TCs) learning to engage in new forms of science teaching. However, interpretation of these examples assumes a level of expertise about practice TCs lack. This article describes a study designed to determine some of the differences between expert teachers' and TCs'…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Rinke, Carol R.; Gladstone-Brown, Wendy; Kinlaw, C. Ryan; Cappiello, Jean – School Science and Mathematics, 2016
Although science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education sits at the center of a national conversation, comparatively little attention has been given to growing need for STEM teacher preparation, particularly at the elementary level. This study analyzes the outcomes of a novel, preservice STEM teacher education model. Building…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses
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Lewis, Elizabeth; Dema, Oxana; Harshbarger, Dena – School Science and Mathematics, 2014
Despite historical national efforts to improve elementary science education, science instruction continues to be marginalized, varying by state. This study was designed to address the ongoing challenge of educating elementary preservice teachers (PSTs) to teach science. Elementary PSTs are one of the science education community's major links…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Instruction, Classroom Communication
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Cardetti, Fabiana; Truxaw, Mary P. – School Science and Mathematics, 2014
Research suggests the importance of mathematics knowledge for teaching (MKT) for enabling elementary school teachers to effectively teach mathematics. MKT involves both mathematical content knowledge (M-CK) and mathematical pedagogical content knowledge (M-PCK). However, there is no consensus on how best to prepare elementary preservice teachers…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Mathematics Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Mathematics
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Goodson-Espy, Tracy; Cifarelli, Victor V.; Pugalee, David; Lynch-Davis, Kathleen; Morge, Shelby; Salinas, Tracie – School Science and Mathematics, 2014
This study explored how mathematics content and methods courses for preservice elementary and middle school teachers could be improved through the integration of a set of instructional materials based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). A set of eight instructional modules was developed and tested. The study involved 7…
Descriptors: Methods Courses, Course Content, Mathematics Education, Program Improvement
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Sampson, Victor; Grooms, Jonathon; Enderle, Patrick – School Science and Mathematics, 2013
This article describes the development and the initial validation of an instrument that can be used to assess teachers' beliefs about science teaching and learning. The instrument, which is called the Beliefs About Reformed Science Teaching and Learning (BARSTL) questionnaire, draws on the current national science education reform efforts in order…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Program Validation, Psychometrics, Beliefs
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Bahr, Damon; Monroe, Eula E.; Shaha, Steven H. – School Science and Mathematics, 2013
The purpose of this study was to compare changes in beliefs of two groups of preservice teachers involved in two types of opportunities to immediately apply methods for teaching accompanying an elementary mathematics methods course. Students in one group applied the methods learned in class through weekly 30-minute peer-teaching sessions, while…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods
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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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