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ERIC Number: ED520340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
Professional Development in Science Education. NSTA Position Statement
National Science Teachers Association (NJ1)
To be prepared for the 21st century, it is critical that all students have sufficient knowledge of and skills in science. Studies suggest that high-quality teaching can make a significant difference in student learning. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) believes a high-quality science teacher workforce requires meaningful, ongoing professional development. To achieve this goal, schools and school systems must devote time and resources to effective professional development for "all" K-16 teachers of science and science educators to support learning throughout their careers. This paper discusses the following: (1) principles behind professional development in science education; and (2) considerations for designing professional development in science: planning, implementing, and sustaining. (Contains 8 resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)