ERIC Number: ED418872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-21
Reference Count: N/A
The Effects of Restructuring Biology Teaching by a Constructivist Teaching Approach: An Action Research.
This study reports on the improvement of a teacher researcher's teaching practice by adopting a constructivist teaching approach. Four biology units on the nervous system, human circulatory system, evolution, and vertebrate classification were selected to illustrate a model of biology teaching. Data were drawn from student responses to teacher-designed, open-ended discussion questions based on the core concepts of each unit. Students were also surveyed about their attitudes and concepts toward this teaching approach. From the analysis, videotape transcripts, interview transcripts, teacher journals, and student journals, it was discovered that students show positive attitudes toward cooperative learning and their understanding of the nature of science increased significantly. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/DDR)
Descriptors: Action Research, Biology, Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Cooperative Learning, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Foreign Countries, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Researchers
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nature of Science; Taiwan
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (71st, San Diego, CA, April 19-22, 1998).