Discipline: Science and Mathematics Education
Subcategory: STEM Science and Mathematics Education
Trina L. Spencer - Virginia State University
Co-Author(s): Leslie Y. Whiteman and Tracy M. Walker, Virginia State University
This poster will briefly share the presenters’ current work to increase the interest, pedagogical skills, confidence and expertise of pre-service elementary education teachers to teach science utilizing research-based instructional methods. It will highlight keys ideas on why educational programs should re-examine how preservice teachers are trained to teach science, and discuss why incorporating field-based experiences in informal educational settings should be encouraged. The poster will also present data that shows what knowledge, skills, and insights the elementary preservice teachers gained from visiting two local science museums. It will how these experiences helped to expose preservice teachers to the practical application of scientific concepts.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): HBCU- UP- National Science Foundation-Targeted Infusion
Faculty Advisor: None Listed,