ERIC Number: ED334158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Helping Science Teachers Help Science Teachers: A Study of Change in Junior High School Science.
Bettencourt, Antonio; Gallagher, James J.
This paper describes the development and implementation of a project to prepare science support teachers to work in four junior high schools in Toledo, Ohio. The project was collaboratively developed by the Institute for Research on Teaching at Michigan State University, the Toledo school district, and the American Federation of Teachers. The concept of support teacher, based on the "master teacher" concept presented in the 1986 Carnegie and Holmes Group Reports, was developed around four closely related activities: (1) change the teaching-learning processes in the support teachers own classrooms; (2) support the change in the teaching-learning processes of other science classes by the use of observation and feedback; (3) use the departmental meetings and informal contacts for the diffusion of new ideas, new concepts, and new strategies, and to discuss problems of teaching and learning science in meaningful ways; (4) study research reports, conceptual articles, and articles about teaching-learning practices in order to conceptualize the redirection of the support teachers and science faculty teaching-learning practice. Results are presented from a preliminary analysis of data which focuses on support teacher training seminars, classroom observation, impact on student learning, and the processes of change. (IAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Toledo Public Schools OH
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (San Francisco, CA, March 29-31, 1989).