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W(h)ither the Sense of Wonder of Pre-Service Primary Teachers’ When Teaching Science?: A Preliminary Study of Their Personal Experiences
This preliminary study seeks to explore whether wonder-based reflections are sources of inspiration for future teachers of science. What experiences have brought them personally a sense of wonder and when, if at all, do they employ scientific explanations of those events? In all 140 pre-service primary teachers, when questioned, described 240 separate events or occasions in which they had participated or observed that evoked a heightened sense of wonder. Three different types of wonder described all the events cited: physical, personal and metaphysical wonder.
Updated: Jan. 19, 2009
This paper examines the characteristics of the thinking skill the authors call “melioration” i.e., the competence to borrow a concept from a field of knowledge supposedly far removed from his or her domain, and adapt it to a pressing challenge in an area of personal knowledge or interest. This paper relates melioration to existing theories of intelligence, taking the position that human cognitive/intellectual functioning is in part the ability to learn or think in the framework of familiar systemic concepts, and in part the ability to learn or think with new systemic concepts that are then available for future application.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2009
Assessment and Academic Identity: Using Embedded Assessment as an Instrument for Academic Socialization in Science Education
This research explores using a teaching approach that attempts to balance test preparation with creating “teachable moments” for students. This approach involves the use of a sequence of assessments to introduce topics through formative assessment in order to identify students’ understanding, and beginning instruction based on an evaluation of students’ knowledge and alternative conceptions. In an attempt to balance classroom instruction and large-scale test preparation, this science teacher attempted to use a teachable moment assessment approach as a teaching tool.
Updated: Dec. 17, 2008
Blended Learning For Professional Development: An Evaluation Of A Program For Middle School Mathematics And Science Teachers
Improving the subject matter knowledge and pedagogical skills of teachers of mathematics and science is a key priority for many jurisdictions.In this study, the authors examine two one-year professional development programs for middle-school mathematics and science/technology teachers that employed blended learning.The results indicate that the program appeared to influence positively teacher attitudes and content knowledge in certain curricular areas and motivated many to transform their classroom practice to varying degrees.
Updated: Dec. 15, 2008
The article examine what teachers know and do regarding higher order thinking skills in teaching science. Semi structured interviews were collected with 11 experienced physics science teachers. The findings highlighted a diversity among the teachers in four areas: meta-strategic knowledge of the concept of higher-order thinking; practical utilization of instructional strategies related to fostering higher-order thinking in the classroom; beliefs about students' abilities to acquire higher-order thinking skills; and self-perception regarding teaching towards higher-order thinking.
Updated: Nov. 23, 2008
Critical Elements for the Science Teacher to Adopt a Student-centered Approach: The Case of a Teacher in Transition
This case study describes the teacher's perceptions, epistemology, and understandings of student-oriented learning environments during a large project in which teachers from Grades 7 to 11 implemented an interactive-constructivist approach in place of a traditional teacher-oriented approach. Analysis from data revealed a consistency between the emerging themes such as the teacher's conceptual and pedagogical knowledge, hypothetical learning trajectory, and the teacher's beliefs and teaching practice.
Updated: Nov. 23, 2008
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
Investigating Student Attitudes Toward a Synchronous, Online Graduate Course in a Multi-User Virtual Learning Environment
The article described a distance education course where inservice teacher enrolled in a science education learned to construct video games as a supplement to their science instruction. The ultimate objective of this course was to advance student achievement and interest in science by providing teachers with a viable source for integrating video game technology into the curriculum.
Updated: Nov. 05, 2008
Teachers' conceptions of inquiry were measured in this study. Validity was measured by comparing responses for a group of secondary teachers to narrative writing and group discussion. Three of the five essential element of inquiry were expressed their ideas of classroom inquiry. The missing components indicate a gap between the teachers’ conceptions of inquiry and the ideals of the reform movement.
Updated: Oct. 24, 2008
A scale was created to examine preservice elementary teachers comfort about reforms teaching methods, assessment techniques, classroom management techniques, and science content. The study included 166 participants from three American universities. Analysis revealed correlations among confidence levels with assessment techniques, classroom management, teaching methods' and science methods.
Updated: Oct. 24, 2008