Science

Elementary Teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching Structure and Properties of Matter

The Next Generation Science Standards call for changes in not only what is taught in elementary science but also how students engage in the learning experience to develop understanding of core disciplinary ideas. In this study we examined 5th-grade teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) for 1 particular core idea: the small particle model (SPM) of matter. We assessed teachers’ initial PCK through a lesson plan task, the Content Representation tool, and interviews and then adapted and tested a scoring rubric to facilitate comparison of teachers’ PCK.

Author/Presenter: 
Deborah L. Hanuscin
Dante Cisterna
Kelsey Lipsitz
Year: 
2018
Short Description: 
In this study we examined 5th-grade teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) for 1 particular core idea: the small particle model (SPM) of matter. We assessed teachers’ initial PCK through a lesson plan task, the Content Representation tool, and interviews and then adapted and tested a scoring rubric to facilitate comparison of teachers’ PCK.

Improving the preparation of novice secondary science teachers for English learners: A proof of concept study

This proof of concept study investigated a secondary science teacher preparation intervention in six university programs across Arizona, California, and Texas. Researchers and science method instructors (SMIs) collaboratively restructured respective science method courses to hold fidelity to an interrelated set of instructional practices that attend to science learning as envisioned in a Framework for K–12 Science Education, while also creating contextualized spaces for language and literacy development targeted to English learners (ELs), but also supportive of “mainstream” students.

Author/Presenter: 
Edward G. Lyon
Trish Stoddart
George C. Bunch
Sara Tolbert
Ivan Salinas
Jorge Solis
Year: 
2018
Short Description: 
This proof of concept study investigated a secondary science teacher preparation intervention in six university programs across Arizona, California, and Texas. Researchers and science method instructors (SMIs) collaboratively restructured respective science method courses to hold fidelity to an interrelated set of instructional practices that attend to science learning as envisioned in a Framework for K–12 Science Education, while also creating contextualized spaces for language and literacy development targeted to English learners (ELs), but also supportive of “mainstream” students.

Teacher’s Toolkit: The Argumentation Toolkit

This column provides how-to strategies and practical advice for the science teacher. A resource for integrating argumentation into your science classroom.

González-Howard, M., Marco-Bujosa, L., McNeill, K. L., Goss, M., & Loper, S. (2018). Teacher’s Toolkit: The Argumentation Toolkit. Science Scope.

Author/Presenter: 
Maria González-Howard
Lisa Marco-Bujosa
Katherine L. McNeill
Megan Goss
Suzanna Loper
Year: 
2018
Short Description: 
This column provides how-to strategies and practical advice for the science teacher.

Engineering Encounters: Engineering a Model of the Earth as a Water Filter

This column describes creating a classroom culture for engineering. Noting the importance of infiltration in the water cycle and in the supply of essential groundwater led the authors to develop an engineering activity in which students are challenged to build a stackable filter using the Earth process of infiltration as a model.

Kilpatrick, J., Marcum-Dietrich, N., Wallace, J., & Staudt, C. (2018). Engineering Encounters: Engineering a Model of the Earth as a Water Filter. Science and Children.

Author/Presenter: 
Jonathon Kilpatrick
Nanette Marcum-Dietrich
John Wallace
Carolyn Staudt
Year: 
2018
Short Description: 
This column describes creating a classroom culture for engineering.

Why and how do middle school students exchange ideas during science inquiry?

Science is increasingly characterized by participation in knowledge communities. To meaningfully engage in science inquiry, students must be able to evaluate diverse sources of information, articulate informed ideas, and share ideas with peers. This study explores how technology can support idea exchanges in ways that value individuals’ prior ideas, and allow students to use these ideas to benefit their own and their peers’ learning. We used the Idea Manager, a curriculum-integrated tool that enables students to collect and exchange ideas during science inquiry projects.

Author/Presenter: 
Camillia Matuk
Marcia C. Linn
Year: 
2018
Short Description: 
This study explores how technology can support idea exchanges in ways that value individuals’ prior ideas, and allow students to use these ideas to benefit their own and their peers’ learning.

Considerations for STEM Education from PreK through Grade 3

Early Learning Brief

Author/Presenter: 
Julie Sarama
Douglas Clements
Natalie Nielsen
Maria Blanton
Nancy Romance
Mark Hoover
Carolyn Staudt
Arthur Baroody
Christine McWayne
Catherine McCulloch
Year: 
2018
Short Description: 
This brief draws on research supported by the National Science Foundation to highlight important considerations for educators and others who design and provide STEM educational experiences for young children.

Association for Science Teacher Education 2019 ASTE International Conference; Savannah, GA

Event Date: 
Thu, 01/03/2019 (All day) to Sat, 01/05/2019 (All day)

To learn more, visit http://theaste.org/meetings/2018-international-conference/.

DRK-12 Presenters:

  • Josie Melton* and Matt Miller, Western Washington University

*Denotes CADRE Fellow or Fellows alumnus

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Association for Science Teacher Education 2018 South-West Meeting; Norman, OK

Event Date: 
Fri, 10/12/2018 (All day) to Sat, 10/13/2018 (All day)
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Association for Science Teacher Education 2018 Mid-Atlantic Meeting; Harrisonburg, VA

Event Date: 
Fri, 09/28/2018 (All day) to Sat, 09/29/2018 (All day)
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