Learning to Teach by Learning to Learn: A Model for Teaching an ElementaryScience Methods Course

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Annual International Conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)

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This syllabus-sharing poster will illustrate the model developed for an elementary science methods course that incorporates the valuable aspects that research has shown to be effective in the preparation of elementary science teachers. Students (N=74) were surveyed using a ‘Beliefs about Science and Science Teaching’ survey before starting and after the completion of this course. Students’ enjoyment of science and self-efficacy towards science teaching significantly increased after the completion of the course (p<.000). A copy of the syllabus will be provided as well as the ‘Beliefs about Science and Science Teaching’ survey. Further findings and implications will also be discussed.