Unless introductory undergraduate science classes for prospective elementary teachers actively incorporate the philosophy of inquiry-based learning called for in K-l2 science education refom little will change in elementary science education. Thus, at James Madison University, we have developed a new integrated science core curriculum called Understanding our World . This course sequence was not only designed to fulﬁll general education science requirements. but also to focus on content areas our students will need to know as teachers. The objectives of these courses are based on the National Science Education Standards and Virginia’s Science Standards of Learning, including earth and space science, chemistry, physics, life sciences, and environmental science [2,3]. As an integrated package, this course sequence addresses basic science content, calculation skills, the philosophy and history of science, the process of how science is done, the role of science in society, and applications of computers and technology in science. Keeping in mind that students tend to teach in the same way they were taught, Understanding our World core classes embrace the concepts associated with reform in elementary math and science.
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Klevickis, C.; Kolvoord, R.; Handley, M.; Giovanetti, K.; Peterson, D.; Daughtrey, T.; and Fairchild, S.
"First Steps Toward Change in Teacher Preparation for Elementary Science,"
Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations: Vol. 7
, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jmsce_vamsc/vol7/iss1/9