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ERIC Number: ED474595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar-27
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The Effectiveness of the Envision Professional Development Model.
Shepardson, Daniel P.
The ENVISION professional development model is designed to enhance teachers' understanding of environmental science concepts, inquiry, and inquiry teaching. In essence, teachers learn environmental science content, learn about scientific inquiry, and learn about how to teach science through inquiry. Further, participants are responsible for delivering professional development to their school-based colleagues about teaching environmental science through inquiry. Therefore, professional development is conducted at two levels. ENVISION staff train teachers participating in the institute (called Level I participants) and Level I participants train their school colleagues (called Level II participants). The study reported here was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of this professional development strategy. Results based on the first two years of the ENVISION program revealed that: Level I participants enhanced their understanding of inquiry and inquiry teaching, with 25 out of 30 (83%) changing their classroom practice; and that 21 out of 31 (68%) of Level II participants changed their classroom practice as a result of participating in Level I peer training. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Philadelphia, PA, March 22-26, 2003).