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This study examines science learning experiences within a formal course structure that reaches out to informal learning environments. The six strands of science learning provide a framework for interpreting the prospective teachers’ responses to the friends and family assignments. The findings reveal that aspects of all six strands were evident in the responses, showing that the prospective teachers experienced increased interest and motivation, remembered and used scientific concepts and explanations, reflected on the process of learning for themselves and others, and actively participated in science activities. Involving friends and family outside of the class created ways for learners to think about and use their science knowledge across contexts.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2014
Integrating Physics and Literacy Learning in a Physics Course for Prospective Elementary and Middle School Teachers
In this article, the authors aimed to document how they are teaching the course and to share examples of what students are learning. They describe a course, involving collaboration among physics, science education, and literacy faculty members and two graduate assistants. The course emphasized questioning, predicting, exploring, observing, discussing, writing, and reading in physical science contexts. The authors conclude that integrating physics and literacy learning can help students perceive science to be an ideal context to foster learning across the disciplines.
Updated: Sep. 09, 2014
Knowledge Growth in Teaching Mathematics/Science with Spreadsheets: Moving PCK to TPACK through Online Professional Development
This study explored the impact of an online course on teacher participants’ developing knowledge for integrating dynamic spreadsheets in teaching at the elementary and middle school levels. The authors asked what is the impact of this online course about integrating dynamic spreadsheets as learning tools in science and mathematics on the teachers’ TPACK? As this study demonstrated, online programs have potential for providing opportunities and access for teachers to expand their knowledge for teaching their content with multiple technologies and thus extend teachers’ PCK to TPACK
Updated: Aug. 23, 2011