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Improving Preservice Middle Grades Science Teachers’ Understanding of the Nature of Science Using Three Instructional Approaches
The purpose of this study was to examine changes in preservice teachers’ understanding of the nature of science (NOS) as a result of four activity-based interventions. These interventions represent three instructional approaches used in a middle grades science methods course. 10 participants’ understanding of NOS and their perceptions about the activity-based interventions were investigated.
Updated: Jun. 15, 2009
National shortages of math and science teachers have led to a variety of strategies and programs to attract second career professionals into teaching. This qualitative study investigates the development of professional teaching identities in 6 STEM career changers in a post-baccalaureate pre-service teacher credential program in California.
Updated: Apr. 06, 2009
Preparing the Next Generation of Science Teacher Educators: A Model for Developing PCK for Teaching Science Teachers
In this paper, the authors argue that, in addition to developing skills and a knowledge base for research, doctoral students must be given the opportunity to observe, practice, and reflect on the pedagogical knowledge necessary to instruct science teachers. In particular, the authors contend that the construct of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) can be adapted to the context of knowledge for teaching science teachers.
Updated: Apr. 06, 2009
In the context of educational innovation, it is important to examine how in-service teachers learn and adapt their knowledge to changing professional circumstances. The authors examined the informal learning of a small number of experienced science teachers in their first few years of teaching a new science syllabus in secondary education in the Netherlands.The storyline method was used to elicit the teachers’ perceptions of their learning from experiences at work. Implications for professional development initiatives are discussed, as are suggestions for initial teacher education.
Updated: Mar. 26, 2009
The goal of this study was to examine the experiences of preservice elementary teachers in a content-specific field-based experience with elementary science specialists.The results showed that preservice teachers experienced a wide range of instructional and assessment strategies in specialists’ classrooms. However, the teachers failed to generalize aspects of the specialist model of science instruction to traditional models for delivery of science instruction at the elementary level.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2009
Fostering Self-Reflection and Meaningful Learning: Earth Science Professional Development for Middle School Science Teachers
This article describes the analysis of teachers’ journal reflections during an inquiry-based professional development program. As a part of their learning experience, participants reflected on what they learned and how they learned. Progress of subject matter and pedagogical content knowledge was assessed though surveys and pre- and posttests.
Updated: Feb. 04, 2009