ERIC Number: ED417990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-21
Development of a Course on Instructional Strategies for In-Service Science and Mathematics Teachers.
An investigation-based course on teaching strategies for in-service science and mathematics teachers has been developed. The purpose of this course was to learn how to teach science or mathematics from the constructivist perspective. The course development was based on constructivism, especially social constructivism. Major adjustments concerning the structure, contents, and the ways of teaching have been made on this course. The course not only introduced constructivism, but taught according to its principles, letting the teachers construct their teaching knowledge by doing (cooperative problem solving), talking (sharing information and ideas), and writing (journals, reports). Furthermore, the course also had the teachers investigate their own teaching problems. During investigation the teachers have experienced problem searching, planning, and executing action research. Teachers' learnings were illustrated by excerpts from their journals. A follow up assessment of this course was reported also. (Author)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Cooperative Learning, Course Descriptions, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Mathematics Instruction, Professional Development, Science Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Science, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - General; 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).