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Oh, Phil Seok – Science Education, 2011
The goal of this case study was to describe characteristic features of abductive inquiry learning activities in the domain of earth science. Participants were undergraduate junior and senior students who were enrolled in an earth science education course offered for preservice secondary science teachers at a university in Korea. The undergraduate…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Earth Science, Foreign Countries, 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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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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Eick, Charles; Dias, Michael – Science Education, 2005
Secondary science methods students' thinking on coteaching practice was studied for the development of conscious elements of practical teacher knowledge supporting the use of structured inquiry. Reflective dialogue on practice in an electronic forum was analyzed for elements of formal learning and biography (past and present) that informed…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students, Teaching Methods, Inquiry
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Windschitl, Mark – Science Education, 2003
Examines how preservice teachers' inquiry experiences in a science methods course were influenced by their conceptions of inquiry. Advocates that independent science investigations should part of preservice education and that these experiences should be scaffolded to prompt reflection, specifically about the nature of inquiry, and conceptually…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Eick, Charles J.; Reed, Cynthia J. – Science Education, 2002
Examines the influence of personal histories on the formation of early role identity as inquiry-oriented science teachers. Involves n=12 secondary science student teachers to illustrate the development of inquiry orientation. Discusses the role of learners' personal histories on their teaching identity development and implications for preparing…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education, Science Teachers
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Lamb, William G. – Science Education, 1977
Evaluates a module for training science teachers to ask cognitive questions. (SL)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Higher Education, Inquiry, Instruction
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Ginns, Ian S.; Foster, William J. – Science Education, 1983
Results of a previous study indicated no difference in preservice teacher attitude/achievement using lecture/inquiry approaches. This study was replicated, also examining effects of sex and students' (N=471) previous science training. Although results for science understanding were not significant, analysis of attitude change indicates that…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Foreign Countries, Higher Education
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Tamir, Pinchas – Science Education, 1983
Discusses the nature of science as inquiry, differentiating between "science as inquiry" and "teaching/learning by inquiry." Provides evidence of confusion existing among teachers on the notion of inquiry and offers practical suggestions to teacher educators to help teachers better understand inquiry and to use the method in…
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inquiry
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Dobey, Daniel C.; Schafer, Larry E. – Science Education, 1984
Preservice teachers' (N=22) knowledge level of pendulums was experimentally manipulated to examine effects the manipulation had on the extent of inquiry behaviors exhibited when teaching the topic to grade five children (N-54). Videotape recordings were used to examine how teachers used specific science knowledge to make decisions while teaching.…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Higher Education
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Tamir, Pinchas – Science Education, 1989
Outlines some strategies used by science teacher educators to train teachers to make laboratory lessons a place for meaningful and useful learning, including content analysis of laboratory manuals, scientific inquiry, flexible organization, concept mapping, Vee heuristics, and inquiry oriented laboratory tests. (YP)
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Inquiry, Laboratory Experiments, Laboratory Manuals
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Nordland, Floyd H.; Devito, Alfred – Science Education, 1974
Described is a pilot program initiated at Purdue University and designed to provide experiences for prospective elementary teachers in which scientific knowledge was presented in an inquiry manner. A goal of the project is a three-year escalating, prospective elementary-teacher involvement with elementary children. (Authors/PEB)
Descriptors: College Science, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Inquiry