ERIC Number: ED417970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
A Case Study of Teacher Beliefs in Contemporary Science Education Goals and Classroom Practices.
Mueller, Jennifer C.; Zeidler, Dana L.
The purpose of this qualitative study is to examine to what extent high school teachers' purported beliefs in contemporary science education goals are embedded in routine classroom practice. The context of this study is a learning community-based high school that belongs to the Coalition of Essential Schools and is sensitive to reform issues. The goal of this study is to develop grounded research hypotheses and summative observations using an inductive case study approach. Data generation and taxonomic analysis is achieved through the use of video, observer field-notes, transcripts, semi-structured interviews, reflexive journals, and responses to a contemporary goals survey. Methodological issues of trustworthiness, credibility, transferability, dependability, and confirmability of data are addressed. Examples from transcripts of connections between teacher beliefs and classroom practices and implications for further research are included. Contains 35 references. (Author/DDR)
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 (71st, San Diego, CA, April 19-22, 1998).