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This paper focuses on pre-service teacher education and elaborates on the critical importance of three attributes to the development of professional science teachers: (1) science teachers must be reflective practitioners of their profession; (2) all instructional practice and decisions of science teachers must be backed by a research-based rationale that they are consciously aware of and are able to defend; and (3) science teachers must be able to impact student learning in multiple domains of science. Why the development of each of these attributes should be a critical goal of pre-service science teacher education programs is discussed as well as which strategies in the program could help accomplish each of these goals. (Contains 15 references.) (ASK)

Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, Reflective Teaching, Science Teachers

Autor: Dass, Pradeep Maxwell


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