©2007.Department.of.Curriculum.and.Instruction,.College.of.Education.and.Human. Services,.Western.Illinois.University. School’s IN for Summer: An Alternative Field Experience for Elementary Science Methods Students

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 school-based field experiences are not possible. This article describes an alternative campus-based 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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