Search results for: Elementary school teachers
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In this study, the authors examined an established conventional written test and an adaptive online adult numeracy assessment. The usefulness of each assessment tool was analysed in terms of how it revealed the foundation content knowledge of pre-service teachers. The two assessment tools were administered to different cohorts of pre-service teachers. Both assessment tools provide information about the learning needs of each pre-service teacher. Crucially, the adaptive assessment tool gave immediate feedback directly to pre-service teachers.
Updated: Jul. 03, 2016
This paper presents findings from a study in which the author served as an expert coach and provided ongoing support to four elementary school teachers related to employing standards-based pedagogies in their mathematics classrooms. In addition to assisting teachers, the author examined which supports they sought and the impact of them on mathematics instruction.
Updated: Jul. 03, 2016
A Mile Wide or an Inch Deep? Improving Elementary Preservice Teachers’ Science Content Knowledge Within the Context of a Science Methods Course
This study examined preservice elementary teachers’ development of science content knowledge (SCK) within the context of an elementary science methods course. The findings reveal that the participating preservice elementary teachers strengthened and deepened their science content knowledge upon completing the course. This study suggests that any preexisting science content knowledge must be solidified and deepened and that potential misconceptions must be addressed.
Updated: May. 10, 2016
The purpose of this research was to explore perceived roles and responsibilities of professionals providing support for mathematics instruction in a large school district. The elementary mathematics leaders who completed the survey indicated a statistically significant lack of alignment between their current role and their idea of what should be their role as an elementary mathematics leader. Further, there were statistically significant differences on 24 of the 30 items between coaches’ actual roles and what they thought that their roles should include.
Updated: May. 03, 2016
Pre-service Elementary School Teachers’ Ability to Account for the Operation of Simple Physical Systems Using the Energy Conservation Law
In this study, the authors report on the results of an empirical investigation of teachers’ understanding of energy. In particular, the focus is placed on pre-service teachers’ ability to employ energy as a framework for analyzing the operation of physical systems. The results corroborate the claim made in the literature that teachers typically do not possess functional, coherent understanding of this principle. Most importantly, the data serve to identify and document specific difficulties that hamper attempts to use energy for the analysis of the operation of physical systems. The difficulties which the authors were able to document lend support to the idea that it is important to introduce the idea of energy degradation alongside the conservation of energy principle.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2016
This paper reports on the development of attitudes toward mathematics among pre-service elementary teachers in relation to their experiences as K-12 learners of mathematics and experiences within a teacher education program. The results indicate that significant changes in attitudes occurred over the duration of mathematics methods coursework and student teaching.
Updated: Mar. 29, 2016
Toward Understanding the Nature of a Partnership Between an Elementary Classroom Teacher and an Informal Science Educator
The purpose of this study was to examine the partnership and roles of an informal educator and a classroom teacher. The authors also sought to define this relationship in order to gain insight into the roles of each educator. In addition, this study explored student outcomes as a result of the partnership. Findings suggest that a partnership of only moderate commitment may be needed for students to learn from programs and that during the programs each educator hold distinct roles. Furthermore, the roles played by the classroom teacher included classroom management, making connections to classroom activities and curricula, and clarifying concepts. Consistent with previous examinations in science education of educator roles, the informal educator’s role was to provide the students with expertise and resources not readily available to them.
Updated: Mar. 22, 2016
Improving Chilean In-service Elementary Teachers’ Understanding of Nature of Science Using Self-contained NOS and Content-Embedded Mini-Courses
This study investigated how elementary teachers’ understanding of nature of science (NOS) was impacted through a 1-year professional development program in Chile that included NOS instruction as a theme throughout two types of mini-courses in the program. Elementary teachers’ understanding of the creative, inferential, and tentative aspect of NOS showed improvement.
Updated: Feb. 29, 2016
The Influence of University Courses and Field Experiences on Chinese Elementary Candidates’ Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching
In this study, the authors investigate associations between Chinese elementary teaching candidates’ mathematical knowledge for teaching (MKT) and their experiences in mathematics courses, mathematics methods courses, and student teaching. This study provides evidence that candidates who were exposed to greater numbers of topics in general pedagogy courses had higher levels of MKT in number and operations (N&O). The study also found that exposure in general pedagogy courses to two specific topics, classroom management and collaborative group work, was especially valuable for teaching candidates’ MKT. Finally, this study found that the extent to which a teaching candidate engages in student teaching with full responsibility for instruction was directly related to their level of MKT in N&O while the overall length of student teaching did not seem to matter.
Updated: Feb. 23, 2016
This study aims to develop the professional noticing abilities of prospective elementary school teachers in the context of the Stages of Early Arithmetic Learning. In their mathematics methods course, ninety-four prospective elementary school teachers from three institutions participated in a researcher-developed five-session module that progressively nests the three interrelated components of professional noticing—attending, interpreting, and deciding. A Wilcoxon signed ranks test was conducted and found the prospective elementary school teachers demonstrated significant growth in all three components. Selected prospective elementary school teacher responses on the pre- and post-assessment are provided to illustrate sample growth in the prospective teachers’ abilities to professionally notice.
Updated: Jan. 26, 2016