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Curriculum-Dependent and Curriculum-Independent Factors in Preservice Elementary Teachers’ Adaptation of Science Curriculum Materials for Inquiry-Based Science
The author investigates the role curriculum-dependent and curriculum-independent factors play in influencing preservice elementary teachers’ adaptation of science curriculum materials to foster inquiry-based science. The findings suggest that the initial inquiry-orientations of science curriculum materials do not significantly influence preservice elementary teachers’ adaptation of them. These findings suggest that while preservice elementary teachers are capable of adapting science lesson plans to make them more inquiry-based, an individual teacher may be more or less inclined to engage in adaptive processes based on other factors beyond how inquiry-based a science lesson plan is to begin with. Furthermore, the findings provide evidence that preservice elementary teachers are positively inclined toward the adaptation of science curriculum materials.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2014
Teachers’ learning goals and their knowledge of students play important roles in influencing exactly how a teacher adapts curriculum materials. The authors asked two elementary teachers to write narratives about their use of and changes to particular reform-oriented science lesson plans. The authors conclude that teachers need support in considering and making productive changes to curriculum materials. This may be particularly true for elementary teachers of science.
Updated: Mar. 01, 2012
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 define those dimensions of teachers' professional role identities concerned with the use of curriculum materials as curricular role identity. This mixed-methods study examines preservice elementary teachers' development of curricular role identity for science teaching through their use of science curriculum materials. Results suggest preservice teachers articulate important differences between their own and more experienced elementary teachers' curricular role identity for science teaching and make progress toward appropriating the latter.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2008