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Braaten, Melissa – Science Education, 2019
Learning to teach within and across the settings of teacher education coursework and field experience in local schools is subject to the "two-worlds pitfall," where practices, norms, expectations, tools, and other aspects of teaching can be jarringly different. This remains an ever-present dilemma for preservice teachers, their teacher…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Teaching Methods, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Varelas, Maria; Morales-Doyle, Daniel; Raza, Syeda; Segura, David; Canales, Karen; Mitchener, Carole – Science Education, 2018
In this study, we explored how science teacher candidates construct ideas about science teaching and learning in the context of partnerships with urban community-based organizations. We used a case study design focusing on a group of 10 preservice teachers' participation in educational programming that focused on environmental racism and connected…
Descriptors: Community Organizations, Science Teachers, Partnerships in Education, School Community Programs
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Lyon, Edward G.; Stoddart, Trish; Bunch, George C.; Tolbert, Sara; Salinas, Ivan; Solis, Jorge – Science Education, 2018
This proof of concept study investigated a secondary science teacher preparation intervention in six university programs across Arizona, California, and Texas. Researchers and science method instructors (SMIs) collaboratively restructured respective science method courses to hold fidelity to an interrelated set of instructional practices that…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses
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Gilbert, Andrew; Byers, Christie C. – Science Education, 2017
This exploratory project considers the use of "wonder" as a pedagogical tool with preservice elementary teachers (PSETs). An ongoing vexation facing science teacher educators is helping future elementary teachers overcome anxiety and negative associations with science due to their own school science experiences, while simultaneously…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Boone, William J.; Townsend, J. Scott; Staver, John R. – Science Education, 2016
When collecting data, science education researchers frequently have multiple respondents evaluate multiple artifacts using multiple criteria. Herein, the authors introduce Multifaceted Rasch Measurement (MFRM) analysis and explain why MFRM must be used when "judges'" data are collected. The authors use data from elementary science…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education