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Gyllenpalm, Jakob; Wickman, Per-Olof – Science Education, 2011
This article examines the use and role of the term "experiment" in science teacher education as described by teacher students. Data were collected through focus group interviews conducted at seven occasions with 32 students from six well-known Swedish universities. The theoretical framework is a sociocultural and pragmatist perspective…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Scientific Research, Research Methodology, Educational Objectives
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Schuster, Dwight A.; Carlsen, William S. – Science Education, 2009
During the past decade science educators have taken steps to identify seminal structures and approaches of science teacher professional development. This literature, which is increasingly informing how and in which contexts professional developers design and implement programs, states that scientists' divergent research interests and knowledge…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Observation, Educational Change, Science Teachers
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Schwarz, Christina – Science Education, 2009
Preservice elementary teachers face many challenges in learning how to teach science effectively, such as engaging students in science, organizing instruction, and developing a productive learning community. This paper reports on several iterative cycles of design-based research aimed at fostering preservice teachers' principled reasoning around…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Educational Technology, Science Teachers
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Varelas, Maria; House, Roger; Wenzel, Stacy – Science Education, 2005
We use identity as a multidimensional lens to explore ways in which beginning teachers saw themselves as scientists and as science teachers during and after 10-week summer apprenticeships at a science lab. Data included four interviews with each teacher, three during the apprenticeship and one after the first year of teaching. Two themes emerged…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Scientists, Speech Acts, Conflict
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Schibeci, Renato A.; Hickey, Ruth L. – Science Education, 2004
Professional development (PD) for primary science teachers is recognized as an important activity which can support improved science education for students. Analysis of interviews with practicing primary science teachers is used to identify the range of PD experiences of a sample of teachers from Western Australia. Teachers' reasons for attending…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers