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Khourey-Bowers, Claudia – Science Teacher, 2011
Conceptual change instruction recognizes that students bring personal, or naive, conceptions to the classroom, which they use to explain their world, interpret situations, and create meaning (Driver et al. 2007). But what happens when students' personal conceptions are inconsistent with experts' views of scientific knowledge? Even after direct…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Active Learning, Concept Formation, Knowledge Level
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Khourey-Bowers, Claudia – Science Scope, 2009
The purpose of this article is to share a learning-cycle sequence of lessons designed to convey the particulate nature of matter through use of physical models and analogical thinking. This activity was adapted from Conceptual Chemistry, a long-running professional development program for teachers of grades 4-9. Conceptual Chemistry's approach is…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy
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Kelani, Raphael R.; Khourey-Bowers, Claudia – Professional Development in Education, 2012
This paper explores the effectiveness of a technology education professional development (TEPD) program and factors impeding the implementation of such a program within the context of the Republic of Benin (West Africa). Professional development (PD) programs do not always take into account the specific disciplinary content knowledge and…
Descriptors: Developing Nations, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Interviews
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Khourey-Bowers, Claudia; Fenk, Christopher – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2009
The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between teachers' (N = 69) participation in constructivist chemistry professional development (PD) and enhancement of content (CK) and pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) (representational thinking and conceptual change strategies) and self-efficacy (PSTE). Quantitative measures assessed…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Change Strategies, Self Efficacy, Chemistry
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Khourey-Bowers, Claudia – American Biology Teacher, 2006
The teaching of evolutionary theory has historically been problematic, often times marred with legal and moral battles. In recent years, state boards of education have prohibited or somehow compromised the role of evolutionary theory in school science. Consistent with the diversity of beliefs in contemporary society, preservice science teachers…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Evolution, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Khourey-Bowers, Claudia – Journal of Computing in Teacher Education, 2005
This descriptive study addressed the role of virtual learning environments in fostering reflective thought among preservice teachers through dialogic interaction. Preservice teachers tend to view teaching as a formulaic application of theory and strategies. When challenged with making decisions in novel settings, they are often unable to apply…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Essays, Field Experience Programs, Theory Practice Relationship
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Khourey-Bowers, Claudia; Simonis, Doris G. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2004
The purpose of this research was to enhance self-efficacy beliefs, chemistry content, and pedagogical content knowledge of middle grades teachers by incorporating specific design elements into professional development. This study analyzed the influence of program design on achieving gains in personal science teaching self-efficacy, outcome…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Middle Schools, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Khourey-Bowers, Claudia; Dinko, Richard L.; Hart, Raymond G. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2005
The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a Local Systemic Change (LSC) initiative (N = 216) at Year 2 in a 5-year plan. Key questions were: What is the extent of school and teacher involvement?; What is the impact on teacher preparedness, attitudes, and beliefs?; and What is the extent of institutionalization? The model of…
Descriptors: Teacher Surveys, Collegiality, School Culture, Faculty Development
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Feller, Thomas R., Jr.; Gibbs-Griffith, Brian; D'Acquisto, Linda; Khourey-Bowers, Claudia; Croley, Cynthia B. – Educational Leadership, 2007
Policymakers sometimes view arts education and experiential learning as distractions from the goal of enabling all students to master rigorous content standards. The three school programs described in this article, however, demonstrate that content standards can be integrated into engaging, motivating curriculums based on the arts and authentic…
Descriptors: Art Education, Experiential Learning, Student Motivation, Integrated Curriculum
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Khourey-Bowers, Claudia; Croley, Cynthia Baxter – Science Teacher, 1995
An integrative study of the parallel histories of art and science was used to enable students to understand the effects that changing definitions have on the expression of science and art. Examines the following periods in history: (1) Pre-Renaissance; (2) Renaissance; and (3) Modern Art and Science. (ZWH)|
Descriptors: Art, History, Integrated Activities, Learning Activities