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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
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Parker, Joan; Heywood, David – Science Education, 2013
Opportunities for the development of science-related pedagogy during training are necessarily limited for the generalist primary (elementary), preservice teacher. While school placement is an important context within which to develop such professional expertise, the role of institution-based learning is less well understood in this regard. This…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Reflection
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Forbes, Cory T.; Davis, Elizabeth A. – Science Education, 2008
Curriculum materials are a crucial tool with which teachers engage in teaching practice. For preservice teachers to learn to use science curriculum materials in productive ways, they must develop a conception of themselves as elementary teachers in which the use of science curriculum materials is a valued dimension of science-teaching practice. We…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses
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Koran, John J., Jr. – Science Education, 1970
Compared the effect of a film-mediated model to the effect of a self rating, written model in developing trainees' ability to ask appropriate classroom questions. Showed no significant difference between the two methods. (PR)
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Learning, Preservice Teacher Education
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Charlier, Patricia S; Charlier, Roger H – Science Education, 1971
Discusses development of courses in general oceanography at university levels. Designed for preservice elementary and secondary school teachers and general education students, the suggested courses are appropriate for inland as well as coastal universities and for instruction in the social and cultural impact of science. (JM)
Descriptors: College Science, Curriculum, Earth Science, Elementary School Teachers
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McElhattan, Glenn R.; Klopfer, Leo E. – Science Education, 1974
Described is an autoinstructional chemistry course for elementary school teachers, taught at the Venango Campus of Clarion (Pennsylvania) State College. Discussed are course goals, chemistry content, laboratory experiences, instructional objectives, management techniques required, methods for obtaining student feedback, and some conclusions…
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Curriculum Design, Elementary School Teachers
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Rowe, Mary Budd – Science Education, 1974
The major purpose of this article is to elaborate on some of the philosophical, psychological, and evaluational questions that arise in an intentionally humanistic venture such as the preservice elementary program at the University of Florida, Gainesville. (PEB)
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Humanism, Humanistic Education
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Arons, Arnold; Smith, John – Science Education, 1974
Presented is an attempt (1) to provide operational definitions of the learning objectives that have been clarified through firsthand experience with students in the physical science course for preservice elementary teachers at the University of Washington, Seattle, and (2) to identify some of the problems of intellectual development that have been…
Descriptors: Course Objectives, Elementary School Teachers, Intellectual Development, Methods Courses
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Shrigley, Robert L. – Science Education, 1974
Reports a study designed to assess the correlation of science knowledge and science attitude of third-year preservice elementary teachers (N=92) using Christman's Science From Concepts Achievement Test (SFCAT) and Shrigley's Science Attitude Scale for Preservice Teachers. A low positive correlation was found to exist between science attitude and…
Descriptors: Attitudes, Educational Research, Elementary School Teachers, Knowledge Level
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Franz, Judy R.; Enochs, Larry G. – Science Education, 1982
Results of a national survey to determine state certification requirements for elementary school teaching were analyzed to determine the amount of science content required. Very few states appear to be mandating sufficient science training to ensure that elementary school teachers are prepared to teach science. (PB)
Descriptors: Degree Requirements, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers
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Battaglini, Dennis; And Others – Science Education, 1975
Describes a sequence of three Unified Science courses for elementary education majors. The use of required and optional learning modules provides the student with knowledge of new curricula, environmental studies, and science processes in all areas of science, and provides experiences in group interaction and personalized student-teacher…
Descriptors: College Science, Competency Based Teacher Education, Curriculum, Elementary School Teachers
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Koballa, Thomas R., Jr. – Science Education, 1989
The purpose of this developmental study was to use the theory of reasoned action to construct a message to persuade elementary teachers to teach energy conservation practices to children. The six steps followed in the project are discussed. An energy conservation persuasive message and the results of the validation are provided. (YP)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers
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Stefanich, Greg P.; Kelsey, Kenneth W. – Science Education, 1989
Investigated is the impact on attitudes of prospective elementary school teachers of pragmatic, success-oriented courses in science as prerequisites for entry into science methods courses. A need for exposing prospective teachers to instructional strategies and experiences which are consistent with teaching practices and curricula employed in a…
Descriptors: College Science, Educational Improvement, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Lawlor, Francis X.; Lawlor, Elizabeth P. – Science Education, 1973
Studied the consistency and formation of teacher's judgements about child's abilities by having science methods course undergraduates watch two 10-minute video-taped lessons conducted among nine children. Indicated the most agreement on two extremes and the use of children's accomplishment speeds as judgment criteria. (CC)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Academic Ability, Educational Research, Elementary School Teachers
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