Constructing Meaning in a Science Methods Course for Prospective Elementary Teachers

A Case Study

  • Barbara S. Spector

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Barbara S. Spector
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  3. Barbara S. Spector
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  4. Barbara S. Spector
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  5. Barbara S. Spector
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  6. Barbara S. Spector
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  7. Barbara S. Spector
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 83-111

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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Authors and affiliations

  • Barbara S. Spector
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South FloridaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-411-4
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