Search results for: Methods courses
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This study investigated the effectiveness of an approach to information and media literacy instruction for elementary preservice teachers. The authors trained the participants in a systematic research process of searching for, evaluating, and using information resources, specifically journal articles and Websites, to increase their content knowledge. The results demonstrate the importance of formative assessment and the need to provide preservice teachers with information and media literacy training so they are better able to navigate and evaluate digital-age resources to expand their content mastery and teach their students 21st-century skills.
Updated: Jul. 29, 2013
The current study examined whether blogging could be an effective vehicle to support preservice teacher critical reflection. The participants were 10 preservice teachers enrolled in a science teacher methods course at a public university in the southeastern United States. The findings reveal that thirty-nine percent of blog entries were at the non-reflection or understanding levels, and 61% of the blog entries were at the reflection or critical reflection levels. Furthermore, thirty-one percent of the reflections made about observations of the cooperating teacher were at understanding level.
Updated: Apr. 22, 2013
Promoting Creative Thinking and Expression of Science Concepts Among Elementary Teacher Candidates Through Science Content Movie Creation and Showcasing
The authors examined the use of video editing technology as a tool to support candidates’ conceptual understanding and expression of science content knowledge, as well as the potential to support creative thinking. The participants were 121 elementary teacher candidates in both sections of an elementary science methods course. The candidates found that the process gave them an opportunity to explore, assemble, and communicate a story of their concept in a creative and engaging way that was meaningful for them. Furthermore, many teacher candidates reported that learning to use the software had distinct advantages that included increasing their confidence in using the software and having to figure out how the software could support their ideas.
Updated: Jan. 30, 2013
A Study of Teacher Candidates’ Experiences Investigating Global Climate Change Within an Elementary Science Methods Course
In this article, the authors investigated the inclusion of a curricular module on global climate change in an Elementary Science Methods course. Findings suggest potential positive impacts on teacher candidates’ content understanding related to global climate change, confidence to teach, and awareness of resources to support their future science instruction.
Updated: Jan. 28, 2013
This article describes a study which explored changes in the pedagogical content knowledge of preservice teachers after teaching a mathematics lesson twice to two groups of peers. The participants were 26 middle-level undergraduate preservice teachers (PSTs) in a large state university in the southwestern United States. This study revealed that receiving feedback from peers as well as professionals helped the preservice teachers to quickly modify the lesson and teach it to the next group of students.
Updated: Jan. 13, 2013
Literacy Metaphors of Pre-service Teachers: Do They Change after Instruction? Which Metaphors Are Stable? How Do They Connect to Theories?
This study aims to explore pre-service elementary teachers’ metaphors of ‘literacy’ and ‘teaching literacy’ as they enrolled in a two-semester literacy methods course at a Midwestern American university. The results offer educators some ideas about the types of beliefs elementary pre-service teachers bring with them to the teacher education programme, and their steadfastness to those metaphors after a year of preparation and practicum experiences.
Updated: Nov. 07, 2012
Impact of a Content and Methods Course Sequence on Prospective Secondary Mathematics Teachers’ Beliefs
This article reports on a study of beliefs about mathematics, teaching, and proof. The study was conducted with six prospective secondary mathematics teachers. The findings reveal that while their beliefs about mathematics and proof appeared to be relatively stable, their beliefs about teaching shifted from a more teacher-centered view to beliefs that foreground the activities and understandings of the students.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2012
Prospective Teachers’ Learning to Provide Instructional Explanations: How Does It Look and What Might It Take?
In this article, the authors trace changes in the explanations offered by a purposeful sample of PSTs before and after a mathematics content/methods course sequence. The study reveals the limitations in PSTs’ explanations at their entrance to the course sequence. It also documents PSTs’ progress in providing explanations, thus providing existence proof that this practice is learnable.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2012
The current article describes the experiences of elementary education majors during their social studies methods course. The authors used digital primary sources to teach historical perspective and to model historical inquiry teaching strategies for use in elementary classrooms. The students indicated that their experiences were positive and that digital resources had great potential for elementary classroom use.
Updated: Apr. 16, 2012
Emphasizing Collaborative Practices in Learning to Teach: Coteaching and Cogenerative Dialogue in a Field‐Based Methods Course
The current article depicts a field‐based methods course for preservice teachers. The course has been designed to integrate shared teaching experiences in elementary classrooms with ongoing critical dialogues with a focus on highlighting the complexities of teaching. The author describes the structure of the course. Furthermore, the author explores the use of coteaching and cogenerative dialogue as approaches to learning how to teach.
Updated: Feb. 14, 2012