Engaging Pre-Service Teachers in Multinational, Multi-Campus Scientific and Mathematical Inquiry

Jennifer Wilhelm, Walter Smith, Walters Kendra, Sonya E Sherrod, Judith Mulholland

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Abstract

Pre-service teachers from Texas and Indiana in the United States and from Queensland, Australia, observed the Moon for a semester and compared and contrasted their findings in asynchronous Internet discussion groups. The 189 pre-service teachers were required to conduct inquiry investigations for their methods coursework which included an initial Moon observation assignment, an on-line Moon discussion, and a final project. The Moon context was chosen for its motivating capability, its inherent interdisciplinary makeup, its inclusion in National Science Education Standards, and its ability to be viewed worldwide. This study was of a mixed method research design and involved pre-service teachers’ journals, summative reflections, on-line discussions, final projects, and the Lunar Phases Concept Inventory (LPCI). Analysis of the qualitative data was conducted through the exploration of patterns and themes that illustrated pre-service teachers’ conceptual development, and the LPCI was admi
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-162
JournalInternational Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
StatePublished - 2008

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