ERIC Number: ED406222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-28
With a New Lens: How Partnering Impacts Teachers' Views of and Approaches to Teaching Science.
Bainer, Deborah L.
The Partnering for Elementary Environmental Science program provides a professional development model to improve elementary science education. The program pairs teachers with science content experts and instructs the partnership teams in the pedagogy essential for effective inquiry science. This paper reports a year-long qualitative study of nine teachers involved in the program. The purpose of the study was to investigate the impact of the partnering relationship on the teachers' views of science and science instruction, on their patterns of thinking about and planning for science, on their perception of themselves as science teachers, and on their instructional behaviors. Teachers were interviewed to document their attitudes and practices with regard to science instruction prior to the training they received in the partnering program. Partnership teams tape-recorded any planning sessions held in a six-month period to document changes in their perspectives regarding science teaching. Teachers maintained science teaching logs of their science lessons. Data from interviews, planning sessions, and science teaching logs were organized and analyzed using content and cluster analysis techniques. Teachers developed strong connections with partners and a sense of esteem from the mutual efforts and satisfaction in what they created. (Author/PVD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Eisenhower Program for Mathematics and Science Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).