Education

Making sure that inquiry is elementary

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Science  10 Jul 2015:
Vol. 349, Issue 6244, pp. 151-152
DOI: 10.1126/science.349.6244.151-g

Undergraduate childhood education majors are often taught science in a traditional lecture class, yet are expected to teach their future students using a hands-on approach. Steinberg et al. describe a threecourse sequence for education majors in which future teachers learn science content through interactive, inquiry-based lessons. The curriculum focuses less on scientific facts than on the scientific process. Future teachers are expected to make observations, ask questions, develop models, and reason scientifically. Assessments are problem-based and interactions during laboratory sessions are observed, methods that mirror the needs of future elementary school teachers. The result? Allowing future teachers to act as scientists improves their perceptions of the nature of science and how it is learned.

J. Coll. Sci. Teach. 44, 51 (2015).

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