ERIC Number: ED421338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Creating a Community of Science Educators: Perceptions of Preservice Teachers and Inservice Teachers on Their Professional Development Experiences.
Mackin, Joan; Klindienst, David B.
Preservice teachers can learn about science teaching through the guidance of a secondary science teacher while taking methods courses at a university or college. This paper describes the preservice and inservice teachers' perceptions of this collaborative experience and the outcomes resulting from the experience. Exploration and study into the nature of this collaborative effort indicate that a sense of a science education community was present. In order to explore this idea and others in terms of a school district and university collaboration, this paper discusses: (1) the collaborative studied; (2) the perceptions of preservice teachers, inservice teachers, and others involved with the collaborative; (3) a comparison of the findings of the study to characteristics of partnerships and education communities that promote effective teacher preparation and professional development; (4) implications for continued improvement and growth; and (5) creating a community of science educators. (Contains 16 references.) (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 American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).