Search results for: Science teachers
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Turkish Preservice Science Teachers’ Informal Reasoning Regarding Socioscientific Issues and the Factors Influencing Their Informal Reasoning
In this study, the authors explore Turkish preservice science teachers’ informal reasoning regarding socioscientific issues and the factors influencing their informal reasoning. The authors found that the factors influencing informal reasoning were: personal experiences, social considerations, moral-ethical considerations, and technological concerns.
Updated: Jan. 28, 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
A Case Study of Beginning Science Teachers’ Subject Matter (SMK) and Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) of Teaching Chemical Reaction in Turkey
This study aimed to evaluate subject matter knowledge (SMK), pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), concerning chemical reactions for science teaching of beginning student teachers in Turkey. The results revealed that a high proportion of the student teachers were able to correctly apply the very basic concepts of Conservation of Mass and Conservation of Atoms. However, only one quarter of the students brought a sufficient understanding with them from secondary school to correctly answer the more difficult problems.
Updated: Nov. 28, 2012
This article describes how a cluster of nine secondary science teachers and lecturers from five schools and colleges in the United Kingdom designed and undertook small-scale action research projects as an approach to their own continuing professional development. Teachers were particularly encouraged to use audio reflections, a paper-based learning and evaluation tool, and an online hub in an attempt to stimulate and structure their reflections critically about what was taking place in a given situation during their designed interventions.
Updated: Oct. 29, 2012
The shortage of science teachers has spurred a discussion about their retention and recruitment. While discussion about retaining science teachers has increased dramatically in just the last few years, science teacher educators have not attended to the recruitment of science teachers with the same tenacity. In this article, the authors initiate this discussion and to focus on secondary science teachers.
Updated: Oct. 28, 2012
There and Back Again: Exploring Teacher Attrition and Mobility with Two Transitioning Science Teachers
The current study chronicled the professional journeys of two beginning science teachers. The study documents what brought them to science teaching and investigated their resulting career paths. Implications for science teacher education indicate that some teachers may enter the profession considering teaching to be a transition into a different career path.
Updated: Oct. 24, 2012
Beliefs, Practices, and Reflection: Exploring a Science Teacher’s Classroom Assessment Through the Assessment Triangle Model
The author uses the Assessment Practices Framework to study a high school Chemistry teacher as she designed, implemented, and learned from a chemistry lab report. The author reports the teacher’s assessment practices and the alignment in her assessment practices through the three vertices of the assessment triangle (cognition, observation, and interpretation).
Updated: Oct. 24, 2012
This paper presents a case study of a beginning science teacher’s year-long action research project, during which she developed a meaningful grasp of learning from practice. An extended action research experience in the second year of induction proved valuable to the teacher in learning how to modify her teaching to reach her goal, using evidence of student learning as her guide.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2012
Practicing What We Teach: A Self-Study in Implementing an Inquiry-Based Curriculum in a Middle Grades Classroom
This article describes the self study of Charles, a science teacher educator returned to teaching adolescents in a public school located in a rural area in the southeastern United States. The authors examined his beliefs and his abilities in practice by gaining first-hand, experiential knowledge through his efforts to implement a reform-based curriculum. The authors conclude that teachers must seek creative and varied ways for their students to learn science via relevant experiences that connect to student interests, utilizing more open forms of inquiry where appropriate.
Updated: Sep. 09, 2012
Experienced Secondary Science Teachers' Perceptions of Effective Professional Development While Pursuing National Board Certification
The purpose of this study was to explore science teacher perceptions regarding the most effective professional learning opportunities. This descriptive study surveyed 118 candidates for National Board certification in Adolescent and Young Adult Science from 42 states about their professional learning experiences. Candidates' self‐reports reveal that developing science curriculum, reading scientific literature, and pursuing National Board certification are the three most productive approaches to professional development while education courses and in‐service workshops were identified as least effective.
Updated: Aug. 30, 2012