Preservice Teachers’ First Experiences Teaching Astronomy: Challenges in Designing and Implementing Inquiry-Based Astronomy Instruction for Elementary Students in After School Programs

Plummer, Julia D. (2012) Preservice Teachers’ First Experiences Teaching Astronomy: Challenges in Designing and Implementing Inquiry-Based Astronomy Instruction for Elementary Students in After School Programs. In: Connecting People to Science. ASP Conference Series, 457 (457). Astronomy Society of the Pacific, pp. 325-328.

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Abstract

This study examined preservice teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) in designing astronomy investigations for children. Fifteen pairs of preservice teachers taught groups of children in after school programs once a week for five weeks; their assignment was to guide the children in a multi-day inquiry investigation about astronomy. Pre- and post-program content assessments and five lesson plans from each pair were analyzed using a mixed-methods approach to understand the successes and challenges in developing PCK by new teachers in this domain. Findings suggest that while most preservice teachers were able to implement inquiry investigations in elementary astronomy topics, many also struggled to successfully connect a scientific question to an explanation based on evidence. A correlation between the teachers’ content knowledge and the sophistication of their investigation plan was found.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2017 10:40
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:26
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1104

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