ERIC Number: ED362382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Professional Development of College Science Professors as Science Teacher Educators.
Fedock, Patricia M.; And Others
Teacher training projects have used university research scientists to conduct workshops for teachers, but because of faculty time constraints and university reward systems, it is unlikely this type of program will be used extensively. This project utilized community college professors whose main focus is teaching science and working with the public school systems. The purpose of the reported study was to examine, qualitatively, the personal development of four professors in conducting an academy for science teachers. From interviews with the professors the following conclusions were made: (1) the professors initially felt the elementary and secondary schools were lacking in the teaching of scientific concepts; (2) after experiencing success and change through the academy, the professors feel they are now an integral part in the development of student's perceptions of science, attitudes toward science, and understanding of scientific concepts; and (3) they feel the need to be teaching in a fashion that is also motivating and nurturing of positive attitudes toward science. (PR)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Educational Change, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Scientific Concepts, Secondary School Science, Student Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Educators, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Science Attitudes
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Atlanta, GA, April 16, 1993).