ERIC Number: ED398907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
The Professional Growth of a Primary School Teacher Engaged in an Innovative Primary Science Trial Curriculum Development Project Utilising Satellite Broadcasting.
Ginns, Ian S.; Watters, James J.
The implementation of effective science programs in primary schools is of continuing interest and concern for teacher educators. Recent Australian national initiatives have been designed to foster the teaching of science in primary schools. At the provincial level in Queensland, decisions concerning the planning and introduction of a new primary science syllabus are still pending. As part of the Australian Academy of Science's approach to creating an awareness of the national curriculum project called "Primary Investigations," a project team tried out a series of satellite broadcasts of lessons related to two units of the curriculum for grades 3 and 4. The curriculum development project included a focused inservice component for the respective classroom teachers, also conducted by satellite. This paper reports the involvement of a grade 4 teacher in the project and analyzes her professional growth in the areas of self-efficacy and motivation. Already an experienced and confident teacher, the subject showed no quantitative changes in self-efficacy; however, her pedagogical content knowledge and confidence to teach science in the concept areas covered by the broadcast were enhanced. Changes in the teacher's views about the cooperative learning strategies espoused by "Primary Investigations" were also evident. All the results suggest implications for the design of inservice programs for primary science teachers. (Contains 41 references.) (Author/SWC)
Descriptors: Communications Satellites, Curriculum Development, Educational Television, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Professional Development, Science Education, Self Efficacy, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Motivation, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia