Journal of Science Teacher Education

, Volume 26, Issue 8, pp 715–742 | Cite as

Learning to Teach Elementary Science Through Iterative Cycles of Enactment in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Contexts

  • SueAnn I. BottomsEmail author
  • Kathryn M. Ciechanowski
  • Brian Hartman
Elementary Science Teacher Education


Iterative cycles of enactment embedded in culturally and linguistically diverse contexts provide rich opportunities for preservice teachers (PSTs) to enact core practices of science. This study is situated in the larger Families Involved in Sociocultural Teaching and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (FIESTAS) project, which weaves together cycles of enactment, core practices in science education and culturally relevant pedagogies. The theoretical foundation draws upon situated learning theory and communities of practice. Using video analysis by PSTs and course artifacts, the authors studied how the iterative process of these cycles guided PSTs development as teachers of elementary science. Findings demonstrate how PSTs were drawing on resources to inform practice, purposefully noticing their practice, renegotiating their roles in teaching, and reconsidering “professional blindness” through cultural practice.


Cycles of enactment Elementary science methods course Professional learning communities Communities of practice Science teaching practices Afterschool STEM club Dual immersion Preservice teachers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • SueAnn I. Bottoms
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kathryn M. Ciechanowski
    • 1
  • Brian Hartman
    • 1
  1. 1.Oregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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