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Abstract Title: Critical and Scientific Thinking for Pre-service Elementary Teachers
Abstract: The objectives of K-12 teacher education science courses often focus on conceptual learning and improving students overall attitude towards science.  It is often assumed that with the use of research-based curriculum material and more hands on inquiry approaches, without any explicit instruction, student scientific and critical thinking skills would also be enhanced.  I have been investigating student scientific and evidence-based reasoning abilities in a K-8 pre-service science course at Cal Poly Pomona in the last three years.  After recognizing student specific difficulties, I have provided explicit feedback using rubrics to assist students to become more rigorous and reflective thinkers; to use appropriate and accurate vocabulary; exercise evidence-base reasoning; and develop skepticism with respect to their own views.  I will share the preliminary rubrics and report the results.
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: How to think and talk like a physicist?

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Homeyra Sadaghiani
California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Physics Department
3801 West Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: (909)869-5194