ERIC Number: ED361211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Constraints to Teacher Change.
Byrd, Steven E.; Doherty, Cindy L.
Educational reform is and has been an ongoing process throughout the history of science education. However, with the notion of reform comes constraints or barriers to these proposed changes. Without addressing these constraints reform cannot be full realized. This study was conducted to identify the most significant constraints inhibiting a teacher from reaching his vision for teaching and learning science. Using interpretive techniques, experiences grounded in constructivist beliefs were contrasted with more traditional positivist ideas. Constraints to change were found to occur within a transition zone, a multidimensional area in which change occurs over a period of time. Teachers engaged in change pass through this transition zone. Four types of tangible constraints were identified: physical requirements, associated persons, personal, and student. The most interesting from a research standpoint was the domain of student beliefs. (Author/MDH)
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 1993).