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Davis, Elizabeth A.; Smithey, Julie – Science Education, 2009
We use a 10-year program of research centered on iterations of one elementary science methods course as a vehicle for exploring three important and interrelated goals for the learning of beginning elementary teachers. These include learning about inquiry-oriented science teaching, using science curriculum materials effectively, and anticipating…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses
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Liu, Xiufeng; Zhang, Baohui; Liang, Ling L.; Fulmer, Gavin; Kim, Beaumie; Yuan, Haiquan – Science Education, 2009
Alignment between content standards and standardized tests is a significant issue to society, science pedagogy, and test validation. To better understand the issues related to alignment, this study compares the alignment in physics among three education systems: Jiangsu (China), New York State (United States), and Singapore. The same coding…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Academic Standards, Physics, Foreign Countries
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Windschitl, Mark; Thompson, Jessica; Braaten, Melissa – Science Education, 2008
One hundred years after its conception, the scientific method continues to reinforce a kind of cultural lore about what it means to participate in inquiry. As commonly implemented in venues ranging from middle school classrooms to undergraduate laboratories, it emphasizes the testing of predictions rather than ideas, focuses learners on material…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Scientific Methodology, Scientific Principles, Science Laboratories
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Tan, Edna; Barton, Angela Calabrese – Science Education, 2008
Identity formation is a critical dimension of how and why students engage in science to varying degrees. In this paper, we use the lens of identity formation, and in particular identities in practice, to make sense of how and why Melanie, over the course of sixth grade, transformed from a marginalized member of the science class with a failing…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Longitudinal Studies, Urban Schools, Poverty
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Jones, Mark T.; Eick, Charles J. – Science Education, 2007
Two elementary certified middle school science teachers are studied for changes in practical knowledge supporting the implementation of kit-based inquiry as part of a schoolwide reform effort. Emphasis is placed on studying how these two pilot teachers enact guided inquiry within their unique pedagogical and curricular interests, and what…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Science Teachers, Middle Schools, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Upadhyay, Bhaskar Raj – Science Education, 2006
This paper examines the use of students' lived experiences in an urban elementary science classroom. Students bring different funds of knowledge that are accumulated through their lived experiences into the classroom, and I examine what those funds of knowledge mean to an elementary science teacher working in an urban school. I describe how a…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Science Teachers, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction
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Davis, Elizabeth A. – Science Education, 2006
Science teachers must adapt curriculum materials, so preservice teachers must develop beginning proficiency with this authentic task of teaching. What criteria do they use when they critique these materials in preparation for adapting them, when they develop the criteria themselves and when they are given a set of criteria from which to choose?…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Interests, Instructional Materials, Criteria
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Lewthwaite, Brian – Science Education, 2006
This inquiry examines the personal attribute and environmental factors that contribute to and impede science teacher-leader development. Using a narrative approach, the inquiry focuses on the experiences of three teachers in three different New Zealand primary schools (years 1-6) as they develop in their capabilities as science teacher-leaders…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Science Teachers, Elementary Education
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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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Hudson, Peter; Skamp, Keith; Brooks, Lyndon – Science Education, 2005
Perceptions of mentors' practices related to primary science teaching from nine Australian universities (N = 331 final-year preservice teachers) were gathered through a literature-based instrument. Five factors that characterize effective mentoring practices in primary science teaching were supported by confirmatory factory analysis. These…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Test Reliability, Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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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
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Shireen Desouza, Josephine M.; Boone, William J.; Yilmaz, Ozgul – Science Education, 2004
Elementary and middle school teachers in urban schools in India provided responses to the science efficacy instrument (STEBI-A). These responses were evaluated using Rasch analysis and parametric tests. Rasch fit statistics and person-item maps were evaluated. It was found that the instrument worked well for the two groups of teachers, but the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Experience, Urban Schools, Science Curriculum
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Penick, John E.; Yager, Robert E. – Science Education, 1986
Reviews and assesses major crisis conditions in science education. Cites specific findings from key status studies and reports. Proposes that goals be reassessed and that successes in science teaching be measured in terms of such goals. (ML)
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Educational Principles, Objectives, Science Education
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Spector, Barbara S. – Science Education, 1984
Reports and discusses data on incentives being considered to improve the quality and quantity of science in precollege institutions. Incentives (organized into several categories) focus on bringing new individuals into science teaching and upgrading those with science teaching assignments who are not trained to teach science. (JN)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education
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Hermann, Graham D.; Willings, Rex – Science Education, 1980
Investigates some of the evaluation methodologies presently being advocated in assessing the merits of education programs for training science teachers. Questionnaire data from ex-students were used to elicit raw data and an understanding of these data by a newer methodology involving ordering theory. (CS)
Descriptors: College Science, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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