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Scientific Reasoning Abilities in Pre-service Teachers in the Capstone Science Course 
  Location: SS 105
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 9:10 AM -9:20 AM
  Author: Eric Rowley, Wright State University
859 462 4747, fizx_teacher@mac.com
  Co-Author(s): Kathy Koenig
  Abstract: Prior assessment of our pre-service teachers' understanding of the nature of science (NOS) and scientific reasoning (SR) abilities were found lacking for candidates exiting our program after having completed as many as 11 science content courses. For three years we have implemented a new course to start the science sequence and collaborated to enhance our existing courses. Evaluation of the curriculum indicated that students made significant shifts in understanding and abilities as a result of this one-quarter course. In spring 2011, another year of students were post-tested to determine the longitudinal impact of the revised foundations course. This talk will provide a brief overview of the course along with the findings of this longitudinal study, as well as a discussion of implications of the transitions to semesters in fall 2012.
  Footnotes: None
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