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ERIC Number: ED452078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-28
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving Elementary Science Teaching through a Collaborative Action Research.
Lin, Sheau-Wen
The purpose of this study was to investigate the changes of the teachers' teaching practices through a collaborative action research project. The researcher and eight elementary science teachers established a collaborative relationship. The Constructivist Rationale and Teaching Model was introduced to the participant elementary science teachers. Then these teachers worked in-group to design, implement, and evaluate their curriculum. Data were collected mainly by means of classroom observations, teacher interviews, document reviewed, and the survey of a classroom climate questionnaire to investigate the changes of teaching practices. The qualitative data was transcribed and sorted to form tentative assertions. The teaching videotapes were checked according to "Teaching Practices Checklist." The t-test was used to analyze the data from the questionnaire. The findings indicated that: (1) the teachers adopted the teaching sequence as suggested and they showed some constructivist behaviors instead of non-constructivist behaviors during each stage; (2) all teachers reflected on their planning and classroom actions to induce their professional development; and (3) seven teachers' building classroom climate was as good as or more positive than before on seven of the questionnaire. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan