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Constructing Meaning in a Science Methods Course for Prospective Elementary Teachers

A Case Study

2016 - 124 pages

Barbara S. Spector (University of South Florida, USA)

ISBN Paperback: 9789463004091 ($ 32.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789463004107 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789463004114

Subject: Education General, Science Education, Classroom Research, Teacher Education

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How do prospective elementary science teachers think? This case study

  • reveals thinking patterns common to preservice elementary teachers;
  • identifies their behavioral characteristics while learning to teach science which are not commonly noted in current literature;
  • provides change strategies to accelerate preservice elementary teachers embracing the holistic, constructivist, inquiry/practice-based paradigm consistent with the standards set by the curriculum.

 

The chapters in this book immerse the reader in a sequence of episodes in this science methods course, and reveal the adventure of turning theory into practice while analyzing student-student/student-instructor interactions and their outcomes in an inquiry-driven, flipped classroom.

Strategies presented empower preservice elementary teachers to 

  • implement national and state standards;
  • change science learning/teaching from “business as usual” to applying science and engineering practices in the classroom;
  • make cognitive and behavioral changes required to shift paradigms and eliminate science anxiety;
  • pass through stages of grief inherent in the loss of dominant mechanistic paradigm.

 

This book will interest a wide readership including science educators; scientists and engineers; administrators, supervisors, and elementary teachers in a clinical education setting; preservice elementary teachers; and anyone seeking to improve STEM education in elementary schools.

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