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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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Nixon, Ryan S.; Toerien, Rene; Luft, Julie A. – School Science and Mathematics, 2019
Despite agreement among teacher educators, scholars, and policymakers on the importance of teachers' subject matter knowledge (SMK), existing models provide limited information about the nature of this foundational component of teacher knowledge. The common assumption is that teachers need to know more about the science subject matter than their…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Secondary School Teachers
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Pearce, Erin; de la Fuente, Yohanis; Hartweg, Beau; Weinburgh, Molly – School Science and Mathematics, 2019
To increase the likelihood for continuous growth and improvement, professional development for high school biology teachers should include long-term, targeted instruction with an accompanying peer-coaching component. This study examined the views of biology teachers who were engaged in a two-year professional development program, which included a…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Coaching (Performance), Biology, 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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Lucas, Lyrica L.; Lewis, Elizabeth B. – School Science and Mathematics, 2019
Findings from physics education research strongly point to the critical need for teachers' use of multiple representations in their instructional practices such as pictures, diagrams, written explanations, and mathematical expressions to enhance students' problem-solving ability. In this study, we explored use of problem-solving tasks for…
Descriptors: High School Students, Physics, Problem Solving, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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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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Johnson, Teri N.; Dabney, Katherine P. – School Science and Mathematics, 2018
This multiple-case study examined constraints encountered by early career elementary school teachers as they try to deliver high-quality science instruction. Four first-year teachers, who expressed confidence in their preparation and enthusiasm for teaching science, were asked to reflect on the most effective strategies for teaching elementary…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Science Teachers, Barriers
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Kang, Rui; Skinner, Felicia; Hyatt, Charles – School Science and Mathematics, 2018
African American students have been systematically discouraged from taking advanced courses in science and math. In addition, low Advanced Placement (AP) exam passing rates among African American students raise further concerns regarding whether accessibility alone adequately addresses the issue of equity. However, little research has been…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement, Learning Experience, Science Instruction, Science Tests
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Smith, Janette; Nadelson, Louis – School Science and Mathematics, 2017
Preparing elementary-level teachers to teach in alignment with the eight Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) practices could prove to be a daunting endeavor. However, the process may be catalyzed by leveraging elements of teacher science instruction that inherently attend to the practice standards. In this study, we investigated the science…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Integrated Curriculum
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Knaggs, Christine M.; Sondergeld, Toni A.; Henry, Dawn – School Science and Mathematics, 2017
Using a quasi-experimental mixed methods concurrent design, this study measured the science self-efficacy of pre-service elementary teachers before and after a survey of science content course. Further, this course was delivered in two different formats: face-to-face and hybrid (approximately 50% online), and compared pre-and post-science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Self Efficacy, Preservice Teachers, Online Courses
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Farland-Smith, Donna; Finson, Kevin D.; Arquette, Cecile M. – School Science and Mathematics, 2017
This study utilized the Draw-A-Scientist Test Checklist (DAST-C) to assess the illustrations of scientists in the most recent three years of NSTA Recommends book lists. A total of 15,778 images were contained in the 148 books from those lists, of which 1,676 were of scientists. ANOVA procedures revealed no significant differences in stereotypical…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Science Teachers, Scientists, Statistical Analysis
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D'Angelo, Cynthia M.; Harris, Christopher J.; Lundh, Patrik; House, Ann; Leones, Tiffany; Llorente, Carlin – School Science and Mathematics, 2017
Afterschool programs have garnered much attention as promising environments for learning where children can engage in rich science activities. Yet, little is known about the kinds of instructional materials used in typical, large-scale afterschool programs that implement science with diverse populations of children. In this study, we investigated…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Science Instruction, Instructional Materials, Public Schools
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Hartweg, Beau; Biffi, Daniella; de la Fuente, Yohanis; Malkoc, Ummuhan; Patterson, Melissa E.; Pearce, Erin; Stewart, Morgan A.; Weinburgh, Molly – School Science and Mathematics, 2017
A pilot study was conducted on a multimodal educational tool, Peruvian Food Chain Jenga (PFCJ), with 5th-grade students (N = 54) at a public charter school. The goal was to compare the effectiveness of the multimodal tool to a more traditional presentation of the same materials (food chain) using an experimental/control design. Data collection…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Charter Schools, Teaching Methods, Program Effectiveness
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Larkin, Douglas B. – School Science and Mathematics, 2016
This article examines the process of shifting to a "Physics First" sequence in science course offerings in three school districts in the United States. This curricular sequence reverses the more common U.S. high school sequence of biology/chemistry/physics, and has gained substantial support in the physics education community over the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Science Curriculum, Secondary School Science
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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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