Science Notebooks as a Teacher Training Tool

By Gail Dickinson and Emily J. Summers.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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This mixed methods study examines preservice teachers’ science notebooks as developed within the context of university science methods courses. This study differs from other studies in that it takes a global tact examining both graduate and undergraduate preservice teachers’ work and expands the applicability of science notebooks to secondary level preservice teachers. Findings indicate that science notebooks are a rich teaching tool at all levels of EC-16 and graduate education. Findings inform EC-12 teachers and teacher educators of science notebooking as a beneficial part of science education.

Keywords: Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary Science Education, Secondary Education, Science Notebooks, Qualitative Study

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.203-222. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.198MB).

Dr. Gail Dickinson

Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Texas State University—San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas, USA

Gail Dickinson earned her undergraduate degree in biology and history from University of Delaware, a secondary biology teaching certificate from University of Oregon, an MS in Instructional Technology from Utah State University and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin. She taught high school science for 10 years and then worked for 8 years as a Master Teacher in the UTeach program at the University of Texas at Austin. There she co-designed and taught a course in project-based instruction for mathematics and science majors seeking secondary teaching certification. For the past three years she has been an assistant professor at Texas State University — San Marcos where she teaches elementary science methods and human growth and development. Her current research focuses on the development of teacher expertise in project-based instructon.

Dr. Emily J. Summers

Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Texas State University—San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas, USA

Emily Summers is an Assistant Professor of Education at Texas State University--San Marcos. Her research interests include equity education, children and youth cultures, and the intersections of formal and informal cultures in constructing educative experiences.