ERIC Number: ED418876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-21
Reference Count: N/A
Students' Perceptions and Supervisors' Rating as Assessments of Interactive-Constructivist Science Teaching in Elementary School.
Shymansky, James A.; Yore, Larry D.; Henriques, Laura; Dunkhase, John A.; Bancroft, Jean
This study took place within the context of a four-year local systemic reform effort collaboratively undertaken by the Science Education Center at the University of Iowa and the Iowa City Community School District. The goal of the project was to move teachers towards an interactive-constructivist model of teaching and learning that assumes a middle-of-the-road interpretation of constructivism, where hands-on activities are used selectively and purposefully to challenge students' ideas, promote deep processing, and achieve conceptual change. The research focus of this study was to verify the use of students' perceptions and attitudes and the supervisor's ratings as measures of teachers' implementation of interactive-constructivist teaching in elementary classrooms. The question was addressed using a case study of 52 elementary science teachers. This convenience sample was defined by the professional judgment of the expert rater using an eight-dimension checklist/rating rubric. Students' perceptions and attitudes and expert ratings of constructivist science teaching had marginal external validity. Includes in-depth discussion of constructivism and interactive-constructivist teaching. (Contains 46 references and 5 tables.) (PVD)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Instructional Innovation, Learning Strategies, Misconceptions, Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Teachers, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Evaluation, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Iowa City School District IA; National Science Education Standards; Systemic Educational Reform
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (71st, San Diego, CA, April 19-22, 1998).