Search results for: Science instruction
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Teachers’ Awareness of Their Diverse Classrooms: The Nature of Elementary Teachers’ Reflections on Their Science Teaching Practice
This article examines in-service elementary teachers’ reflections on their science teaching when working with diverse students. The findings provide an understanding of how these teachers examined their teaching and beliefs about their science teaching practice. Participants’ reflections indicated that knowledge of their students’ culture and backgrounds influenced their teaching practices and the focus of their reflections. The authors also found that the participants examined five themes of teaching: (1) navigating the school world, (2) managing the technical classroom, (3) negotiating barriers, (4) nurturing all students, and (5) understanding learning.
Updated: Mar. 25, 2015
Structured Communities, Science Instruction Development, And The Use Of Blogging In A Pre-Service Elementary Teacher Education Program
This article is intended to address, evaluate and encourage the use of blogging amongst pre-service teachers specifically focused on science teacher education. This appraisal was conducted by looking at the activity and the experiences of the pre-service teachers, and the role that blogging played in their interactions and growth as pedagogues. The project reveals that blogging can be a useful as a tool in pre-service education because the practices and thought processes of PSTs are revealed and shared beyond face-to-face interactions.
Updated: Feb. 17, 2015
Feedback Consistencies and Inconsistencies: Eight Mentors’ Observations on One Preservice Teacher’s Lesson
The purpose of this case study was to examine the providing oral feedback in a simulated mentor–mentee discussion. Findings showed that mentors’ feedback was variable in both their positive feedback and constructive criticisms and, in one case, the feedback was contrasting in nature.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2015
Preservice Teachers’ Perceptions of Learning Science Methods through Hybridizing Asynchronous and Traditional Experiences
This study addresses the research question about preservice teachers’ perceptions toward online learning after completing an elementary science methods course. Specifically, their perceptions about utilizing an online science methods curriculum versus a traditional methods curriculum. Survey and focus group data indicate that the preservice teachers valued and wanted more online experiences, but not as a total replacement of traditional methods experiences. Furthermore, using the video cases made improved comprehension possible because all preservice teachers could watch the same learning experience. The author concludes that online video cases will likely continue to provide instructors with the ability tangentially to capture elementary classroom learning environments and elementary student learning while working with preservice teachers.
Updated: Sep. 02, 2014
Preparing Special Education Teachers for Teaching Mathematics and Science with Technology by Integrating TPACK Framework into the Curriculum: A Study of Teachers’ Perceptions
This study examined the development of Technological Pedagogical And Content Knowledge (TPACK) in mathematics and science of pre-service special education teachers via one course. The findings revealed that upon completion of the course requirements, students perceived to have had significant gains in each of the domains of teacher knowledge addressed in the course.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2014
The Conflict Within the Role: A Longitudinal Study of Preschool Student Teachers’ Developing Competence In and Attitudes Towards Science Teaching in Relation to Developing a Professional Role
The purpose of this exploratory, longitudinal study is to explore the effect of preschool teacher education on competence, confidence, and attitudes towards science and science teaching in relation to a developing professional identity. The results suggest that there was a gradual change in perceptions of the professional role of preschool teachers during the teacher education program. The data show that the students generally already had a positive and relaxed attitude towards science activities with children when starting the program, and that this positive attitude grew with increasing competence and confidence. Nevertheless, many of them still found science activities to be awkward in preschool, mainly due to a wish to protect the children from school culture.
Updated: Aug. 20, 2014
The aim of this study was to investigate the views and actual practices related to inquiry and nature of science (NOS) of a group of highly motivated and well-qualified teachers from classrooms across the United States. The findings indicated that most of these teachers held fairly limited views and misconceptions on inquiry and NOS. Data analyses indicated an association between teachers’ views and classroom practice. That is, teachers with more robust views were more likely to teach science as inquiry, whereas teachers who held more limited views were less likely to teach science in this way. This study provides empirical evidence for the claim that although reform documents in the United States highlight the importance of inquiry and NOS and refer to inquiry as a central teaching strategy, some of the best teachers currently struggle to enact reformed-based teaching.
Updated: Aug. 05, 2014
The purpose of this study is to describe and understand prospective science teachers’ knowledge development. This is a longitudinal, multiple case study of four prospective biology teachers’ PCK development during a post-baccalaureate teacher education program. The authors learned that as prospective teachers gained more knowledge and experience, the interaction that develops between teachers’ knowledge of learners and their knowledge of instructional sequences becomes more integrated. In addition, the findings demonstrate a strong relationship exists between science teaching orientations and knowledge of learners and instructional sequences.
Updated: Jul. 20, 2014
Preservice Early Childhood Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy for Integrating Mathematics and Science: Impact of a Methods Course
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of an integrated science and mathematics methods course on preservice early childhood teachers’ efficacy beliefs for integrating science and mathematics in early childhood classrooms. Participants in two cohorts were tested to assess their efficacy beliefs for teaching science, mathematics, and integrating science and mathematics before and immediately after instruction. The findings provided evidence that the methods course was effective at enhancing preservice teachers’ efficacy beliefs for integrating science and mathematics.
Updated: Jun. 24, 2014
This study has investigated the use of an open guided inquiry laboratory course in which a group of pre-service teachers planned and implemented practical work for school purposes. The results show that peer discussions about content and instructional decisions within active designing teaching sequences have enabled the participants to become aware of several aspects of a physics teacher’s teacher knowledge. Furthermore, the pre-service teachers who participated in this project suggested that they had learnt subject matter knowledge during the Course of Laboratory Practice for Physics Teachers (CLP). In light of the results, the authors would warmly suggest including the early use of the open guided inquiry laboratory, as part of the bachelor degree studies, for preservice physics teachers.
Updated: May. 25, 2014