Experiences of Science Majors in an Elementary and Early Childhood Education Licensure Program

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Fall 2009

Project Description/Abstract

This is a qualitative study of BSC undergraduate, post baccalaureate, and graduate students who have completed a science major at BSC and are enrolled in the elementary or early childhood education licensure programs. In this study, I am finding out from these students how their science experiences and backgrounds are preparing them for their teaching careers. The benefits of this study include helping me and other teacher educators: (a) understand the experiences of our science majors in their education licensure program and their first year of teaching so that I may enhance and support the experiences of future dual science/education majors at BSC; (b) learn through participants’ reflections about their science teaching, and the extent to which they believe their science knowledge is an asset to them as teachers and to their young students; (c) appreciate the ways science majors view their roles as elementary and early childhood teachers and the struggles and triumphs they face. Overall, this study can have implications for curriculum and planning among science and education departments, including those at BSC, and foster collaboration among these departments that will benefit the teachers who enroll in both.

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