Self-Studies of Science Teacher Education Practices

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Shawn M. Bullock, Tom Russell
Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 21, 2012 - Education - 204 pages
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Part of a vital Springer series on self-study practices in teaching and teacher education, this collection offers a range of contributions to the topic that embody the reflections of science teacher educators who have applied self-study methodology to their own professional development. The material recognizes the paradox that lies between classroom science and the education of science teachers: the disciplines of science are often perceived as a quest for right answers, an unintentional by-product of the classroom focus on right answers in student assessment in science. In contrast, the profession of teaching has few right answers and frequently involves the management of conflicting tensions. A dilemma thus arises in science teacher education of how to shift perspectives among student teachers from reductionist to more inclusive attitudes that are open to the mercurial realities of teaching.

The self-studies presented here are unique, fresh and stimulating. They include the input of a beginning science teacher as well as science teacher educators from a range of backgrounds and varying levels of experience. In addition, the volume presents a truly international perspective on the issues, with authors hailing from five countries. Providing analysis at the leading edge of education theory, this collection will make fascinating reading for those teaching science—as well as those teaching science teachers.


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Chapter 1 Exploring the Intersections of SelfStudy Science Teaching and Science Teacher Education
Chapter 2 A Collaborative SelfStudy of a Physics Teachers First Two Years of Teaching
Chapter 3 The Transformation from Expert Science Teacher to Science Teacher Educator
Chapter 4 Bridging the Gap Between a Science Laboratory Past and a Science Teacher Educator Present Rethinking the Doctoral Program in Science ...
Chapter 5 Articulating Our Values to Develop Our Pedagogy of Science Teacher Education
Chapter 6 Using SelfStudy to Develop a Pedagogy of Elementary Teacher Education Addressing the SpecialistGeneralist Issue
Chapter 7 Learning to Teach Physics Teachers Developing a Distinct Pedagogy of Teacher Education
Chapter 8 Developing and Assessing Professional Knowledge as a Science Teacher Educator Learning About Teaching from Student Teachers
Chapter 9 Following a Student into Her Science Classroom to Better Understand the Tensions of Science Education
Chapter 10 Helping Preservice Science Teachers Analyze Their Practices as We Study Our Own
Chapter 11 Developing a Model for a SelfStudy Professional Learning Community
Chapter 12 Science Teacher Education SelfStudy of Teacher Education Practices and the Reflective Turn

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Tom Russell has recorded 25 records and two DVDs. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nancy Griffith, Joe Ely, Iris Dement, Ian Tyson, KD Lang, Suzy Bogguss, Ramblin? Jack Elliott, Jeff Walker, Dave Van Ronk and other great artists.

Russells latest release "Blood and Candle Smoke" is a collection of powerful observations and deliberations that has the media and fellow musicians buzzing. USA Today calls the album "stunning," while the San Francisco Chronicle proclaims it "about as perfect as it gets." Robert Hunter, Greatful Dead Lyricist and co-writer of Bob Dylans 2009 album "Together Through Life" states that Blood and Candle Smoke is an "excellent record in all respects. Lyrics are jewels, arrangements deeply tasteful, vocals superb." Maverick UK gives the album 5 stars out of 5. "Russell raises his songwriting to new and different heights of greatness...Album of the Year (so far) hands down. Very possibly Album of the Decade!