ERIC Number: ED360184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Science Teacher Decision-Making in Classrooms with Cultural Diversity: A Case Study Analysis.
McGinnis, J. Randy; And Others
The purpose of this study was to explore science teacher decision-making with students of diverse populations. The research site was a suburban middle school located in the southeast. The student body consisted of African Americans, Caucasians, and international students from 62 different countries. Extensive social contextual research was performed. Case studies of two science teachers, a veteran White female life science teacher and a first-year White male earth science teacher were conducted over an extended time. The teachers, their students, a student teacher, and key informants from the school and the community participated in extensive formal interviews throughout the study period. Participant observation and videotaping data collection strategies were used to collect data in the science teachers' lessons throughout the study period. Analytic induction and the constant comparison technique were used to analyze both textual and videotaped data. Findings focused on an analysis of the teacher's decision-making conducted before, during, and after instruction. Analytic constructs describing each teacher's decision-making were constructed. The key finding was that the teachers did not believe that consideration of their students' diverse cultural backgrounds should be included in their decision-making. The students' diversity was extolled in the social sphere; in the teaching sphere it was excluded. (Author)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Environment, Classroom Research, Cultural Background, Cultural Differences, Decision Making, Grade 7, Grade 8, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Lesson Plans, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Multicultural Education, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Sex Differences, Suburbs, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Characteristics
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Atlanta, GA, April 15-19, 1993).