University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics Education Seminar

Friday, April 20th 2018
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Jennifer Docktor, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Dept. of Physics
Subject: Using the Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning Framework to Develop Prospective Teachers’ Scientific Explanations in Physics

The Framework for K-12 Science Education provides a common vision for what students should know and be able to do upon finishing high school. It proposes that students should learn science by engaging in the practices used by scientists, such as planning and carrying out investigations, modeling, and developing explanations based on evidence. However, most prospective K-12 teachers have limited preparation for how to teach science using these practices. In this study, one section of a physical science course for elementary education majors received explicit instruction and scaffolding on using the Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning (CER) framework for constructing scientific explanations and one section served as a comparison group. I will describe the study design, course curriculum, assessment data collected, and scoring rubrics. A preliminary analysis indicates a relationship between prospective teachers’ abilities to construct scientific explanations using the CER framework and their long term retention of physical science content.

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