This groundbreaking handbook offers a contemporary and thorough review of research relating directly to the preparation, induction, and career long professional learning of K–12 science teachers.

Through critical and concise chapters, this volume provides essential insights into science teacher education that range from their learning as individuals to the programs that cultivate their knowledge and practices. Each chapter is a current review of research that depicts the area, and then points to empirically based conclusions or suggestions for science teacher educators or educational researchers. Issues associated with equity are embedded within each chapter. Drawing on the work of over one hundred contributors from across the globe, this handbook has 35 chapters that cover established, emergent, diverse, and pioneering areas of research, including:

  • Research methods and methodologies in science teacher education, including discussions of the purpose of science teacher education research and equitable perspectives;
  • Formal and informal teacher education programs that span from early childhood educators to the complexity of preparation, to the role of informal settings such as museums;
  • Continuous professional learning of science teachers that supports building cultural responsiveness and teacher leadership;
  • Core topics in science teacher education that focus on teacher knowledge, educative curricula, and working with all students; and
  • Emerging areas in science teacher education such as STEM education, global education, and identity development.

This comprehensive, in-depth text will be central to the work of science teacher educators, researchers in the field of science education, and all those who work closely with science teachers.

section Section 1|63 pages

Research in Science Teacher Education

section Section 2|94 pages

Initial Science Teacher Education – Core Areas

chapter 7|14 pages

Well-Started Beginners

Preparing Elementary Teachers for Rigorous, Consequential, Just, and Equitable Science Teaching

section Section 3|83 pages

Initial Teacher Preparation – Situated Aspects

chapter 12|15 pages

Preservice Science Teachers Education Around the Globe

Trends, Challenges, and Future Directions

chapter 14|14 pages

The Magic of Informal Settings

A Literature Review of Partnerships and Collaborations that Support Preservice Science Teacher Education Across the Globe

chapter 17|11 pages

Policy in K–12 Science Teacher Preparation

Uniformity and Diversity from International Perspectives

section Section 4|82 pages

Science Teacher Continuing Professional Development

chapter 19|16 pages

Science Teacher Leadership

The Current Landscape and Paths Forward

chapter 22|13 pages

Professional Learning Communities Across Science Teachers' Careers

The Importance of Differentiating Learning

chapter 23|12 pages

Digital Technologies and Professional Learning of Science Teachers

A Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) Perspective

section Section 5|74 pages

Science Teacher Education – Central Tenets

chapter 25|12 pages

Indigenous Knowledge in Science Education

Implications for Teacher Education

chapter 26|11 pages

Action Research

A Promising Strategy for Science Teacher Education

section Section 6|78 pages

Science Teacher Education – Emerging Areas

chapter 35|12 pages

Integrated STEM Teacher Education

An Opportunity for Promoting Equity