Search results for: Elementary school teachers
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The Stories They’d Tell: Pre-Service Elementary Teachers Writing Stories to Demonstrate Physical Science Concepts
This article describes results of a study designed to explore stories regarding science concepts which were written by preservice teachers. The findings reveal that without guidance, many students struggled to find ways to integrate science within a story. With guidance, participants wrote stories that included more narrative elements overall, and participants felt the stories helped them understand the concepts.
Updated: May. 13, 2011
Experienced Teachers’ Strategies for Assessing Nature of Science Conceptions in the Elementary Classroom
The current study investigated the nature of science (NOS) assessments K-4 classroom teachers developed for measuring students’ understandings of NOS elements. The authors collected copies of teachers’ action research designs, lesson plans, and assessment tools, conducted classroom observations and made field notes of their science instruction and assessments. The authors found that experienced teachers designed a variety of strategies for assessing NOS conceptions that differed by grade level.
Updated: May. 13, 2011
Developing Understanding of the Nature of Science Within a Professional Development Program for Inservice Elementary Teachers: Project Nature of Elementary Science Teaching
The current article describes and evaluates an inservice program designed to build elementary teachers’ understanding of Nature of Science (NOS) and an awareness of how NOS impacts science classroom instruction. Program participants linked positive experiences in the program to the explicit and activity-based NOS instruction provided. Yet, participation in the professional development project might not have been equally beneficial for all teachers. Implications for improvements to further develop teacher understanding of NOS are discussed.
Updated: Dec. 26, 2010
The authors share findings, insights, and implications from “Going Virtual! The Status of Professional Development for K12 Online Teachers. This is a report from 2007, which supported by the North American Council for Online Learning. The authors conducted a national survey of 259 K-12 online teachers, administrators, and professional development trainers. This article provides three main insights from the study. The article discusses implications for K12 online teacher professional development practice, policy, and research.
Updated: Oct. 12, 2010
The authors investigated the impact of an open inquiry experience on elementary science methods students‘ understanding of celestial motion. The authors have also examined the tools, resources, and ideas that preservice teachers used to develop their own inquiry investigations to understand their resourcefulness in pursuit of a scientific question. A comparison of participants‘ inquiry projects with the change in their understanding revealed that while most participants improved in both their area of inquiry and beyond, elementary science methods students may need more guidance to reach a full scientific understanding across all aspects of celestial motion.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2010
Data Literacy: Understanding Teachers' Data Use in a Context of Accountability and Response to Intervention
The purpose of this study is to understand the qualitatively different ways that current practicing teachers are using data to inform instruction. Nine elementary schools teachers participated in this study. Findings from teacher interviews are presented through the image of a ladder representing the stages that teachers experience as they engage in data usage to inform their instructional decision making. These findings have implications for teacher educators and school-based practitioners alike in better supporting the professional development of preservice and in-service teachers for this data-driven context of schools.
Updated: Sep. 02, 2010
The main purpose of the study was to evaluate the quality of BEd programme with regard to the internal efficiency of Government Colleges for Elementary Teachers. The study was conducted on a random sample of 600 BEd students in Punjab province. The findings revealed that BEd programme was effective in terms of updating student teachers' knowledge and skills.
Updated: Aug. 17, 2010
An Inquiry Learning Partnership (ILP) for professional development (PD) was formed between a university, science centre, and two urban school districts. The purpose of ILP was to offer 4–6th grade teachers specific science content and pedagogical techniques intended to integrate inquiry-based instruction in elementary classrooms. Results indicate that teachers increased their science content knowledge, reported implementing inquiry practices in their classrooms and their students experienced modest gains on 5th grade standardized science achievement exams. While some teachers were transferring knowledge/skills gained in professional development to their classrooms, others encountered barriers to implementing PD.
Updated: Aug. 15, 2010
This research explored the impact upon pre-service teachers' orientations towards the arts of a performing arts week within a one-year postgraduate teacher education programme. Findings indicated that the performing arts week had helped to strengthen participants' self-image as artistic individuals who recognise the value of the arts in children's education.
Updated: Aug. 15, 2010
In this article, the authors investigate whether and how recent graduates of an elementary preservice teacher education program enacted social justice curricula. The authors highlight the stories of three beginning teachers. The authors discuss the struggles the teachers faced when enacting social justice curricula. Furthermore, the authors also discuss the tenuous connection they perceived between their conceptions and their practices. The authors conclude with recommendations for ways in which teacher educators can prepare beginning teachers for the uncertain journey of teaching for social justice.
Updated: Jul. 18, 2010