CESMEE spring seminar

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Date/Time:Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 from 2:10 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:2030 Morrill Hall
Contact:Tracie Miller
Channel:College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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"Beginning Elementary Teachers, Curriculum Materials and Inquiry-oriented Science Teaching," Betsy Davis, University of Michigan. This is the last of 5 seminars in this spring series. All are welcome.

Preservice and early career elementary teachers face numerous challenges in learning to teach science. Inquiry-oriented science teaching presents its own challenges, both in terms of the subject matter knowledge requirements it places on teachers and the challenges associated with engaging children in scientific practice. Curriculum materials provide one form of support for these beginning elementary teachers.
In this talk, Davis synthesizes her group's research on how beginning teachers learn to analyze and use inquiry-oriented science curriculum materials, looking at how they critique, adapt and put science lesson plans into practice. Teacher education pedagogies of reflection, investigation and enactment are explored with regard to the analysis and use of curriculum materials.
In addition, a case is made for educative curriculum materials, or curriculum materials designed to promote not just student learning, but also teacher learning. Research will be presented on how beginning elementary teachers learn from such curriculum materials. Implications for science curriculum developers and teacher educators are discussed.