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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

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

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

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

Fisher, Molly H.; Thomas, Jonathan; Jong, Cindy; Schack, Edna O.; Dueber, David – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

This paper examines the implementation of an instructional module on preservice elementary teachers' professional noticing of children's mathematical thinking. The module focuses on professional noticing skills through the content focus of early algebraic reasoning and uses complex video vignettes from whole class instruction in authentic…

Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Elementary School Teachers

I, Ji-Yeong – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

Implementing mathematically challenging tasks is difficult for teachers when working with emergent bilinguals because cognitively demanding tasks in mathematics commonly have high language demand. Currently, inadequate teacher preparation for teaching emergent bilinguals is becoming a significant concern in the United States as this population of…

Descriptors: Bilingualism, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Difficulty Level

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

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

Hughes, Pamela; Swars Auslander, Susan; Stinson, David W.; Fortner, C. Kevin – School Science and Mathematics, 2019

This quantitative study investigated the relationships among practicing elementary teachers' (N = 153) beliefs about mathematics and its teaching and learning, mathematics anxiety, and instructional practices in mathematics. When viewed singly, the findings reveal the teachers with higher levels of mathematics anxiety tend to use less…

Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Mathematics Instruction

Fonger, Nicole L.; Davis, Jon D.; Rohwer, Mary Lou – School Science and Mathematics, 2018

This research addresses the issue of how to support students' representational fluency--the ability to create, move within, translate across, and derive meaning from external representations of mathematical ideas. The context of solving linear equations in a combined computer algebra system (CAS) and paper-and-pencil classroom environment is…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Algebra, Problem Solving

Beesley, Andrea D.; Clark, Tedra F.; Dempsey, Kathleen; Tweed, Anne – School Science and Mathematics, 2018

In the transition to middle school, and during the middle school years, students' motivation for mathematics tends to decline from what it was during elementary school. Formative assessment strategies in mathematics can help support motivation by building confidence for challenging tasks. In this study, the authors developed and piloted a…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Formative Evaluation, Problem Solving, Middle School Students

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