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ERIC Number: ED417989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Development of a Professional Development Program for Science and Mathematics Teachers--An Action Research.
Cheng, Shiu-Shan; Chang, Wen-Hua; Chiang, Wu-Hsiung; Guo, Chorng-Jee
In an effort to improve a summer professional development program for inservice secondary mathematics and science teachers in Taiwan, a three-year action research project has recently been completed. The program attempted to provide participating teachers with a better theoretical and practical understanding of teaching and learning based on the constructivist perspective, thereby allowing them to instruct students using related strategies. In addition, the notion of "teachers as researchers" was also emphasized. Several courses were designed to help teachers implement action research projects in their own classes. Meanwhile, a small number of teachers were receiving advice, support and encouragement from the research team. According to the results of this study, such an effort significantly changed participating teachers' beliefs toward learning and teaching. However, due to some external constraints, only a few of them put their belief into practice with success. On the other hand, the teachers supported by the research team not only enhanced their pedagogical performance, but also the students' achievements in and attitudes towards learning science and mathematics. Potential implications of this project and a follow-up study are also discussed. Contains 17 references. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan