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School's IN for Summer: An Alternative Field Experience for Elementary Science Methods Students

Deborah L. Hanuscin and Kusalin Musikul
Journal of Elementary Science Education
Vol. 19, No. 1 (Spring 2007), pp. 57-68
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43155796
Page Count: 12
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School's IN for Summer: An Alternative Field Experience for Elementary Science Methods Students
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Abstract

Field experiences are critical to teacher learning and enhance the effectiveness of methods courses; however, when methods courses are offered in the summer, traditional schoolbased field experiences are not possible. This article describes an alternative campusbased experience created as part of an elementary science methods course. The Summer Kids' Inquiry Program in Science (SKIPS) provided an authentic context in which teachers had the opportunity to plan and instruct science lessons in both whole-class and small-group settings, as well as observe the teaching of their peers. This model allowed us to overcome many challenges to implementing traditional field-based experiences.

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