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This study examined preservice secondary science teachers’ perceptions of the classroom learning environment as experienced during their practicum. The study also compared this classroom learning environment to their espoused views of an ideal science classroom. The qualitative findings are corroborated by some of the results from the CLES scales, suggesting that preservice teachers perceived their practicum classrooms to incorporate only a few of the constructivist learning environment factors. Furthermore, most preservice teachers also believed that their practicum should be a flexible apprenticeship, where science teaching innovation was supported.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2013
The Problematic Nature of the Practicum: A Key Determinant of Pre-service Teachers’ Emerging Inquiry-Based Science Practices
The current paper disseminates findings from a multi-year study regarding secondary preservice science teachers’ perceptions toward inquiry-based science teaching. The study also examined the extent these perceptions are augmented by their practicum. The findings indicated that preservice teachers improved their understanding and capability of using scientific inquiry due to their methods course. However, the role of practicum in supporting their newly developed perceptions was problematic.
Updated: May. 10, 2011
Relationship Matters: Negotiating and Maintaining Partnerships in a Unique Teacher Education Program
Teacher education has evolved into a cooperative responsibility shared by universities and schools. This paper examines the relationship development, maintenance, and relational intricacies of a Canadian school-university partnership. Specifically, how the Faculty of Education at Brock University has built a conceptual bridge between the university, the partner districts, and the individual schools. Collectively, the partnership and the resulting preparation program within this collaborative venture provide an alternative model with important considerations for other universities and school systems that are interested in fostering effective partnerships.
Updated: Apr. 22, 2009
In this paper, the authors explore the relationship between preservice teachers’ inquiry experience and their capacity to reflect on the challenges involved in implementing inquiry into classrooms. The authors draw on the personal narratives of preservice science teachers enrolled in science instruction courses.
Updated: Feb. 04, 2009