About this book
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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