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ERIC Number: ED542985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Developing and Evaluating an Eighth Grade Curriculum Unit That Links Foundational Chemistry to Biological Growth: Designing Professional Development to Support Teaching
Kruse, Rebecca; Howes, Elaine V.; Carlson, Janet; Roth, Kathleen; Bourdelat-Parks, Brooke
Online Submission, Paper presented at the NARST Annual International Conference (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Apr 6-9, 2013)
AAAS and BSCS are collaborating to develop and study a curriculum unit that supports students' ability to explain a variety of biological processes such as growth in chemical terms. The unit provides conceptual coherence between chemical processes in nonliving and living systems through the core idea of atom rearrangement and conservation during chemical reactions, which is critical for understanding how growth occurs while conserving matter. Abundant evidence in the literature suggests that many middle school teachers lack adequate science preparation, but even teachers with excellent science content knowledge often lack pedagogical skills necessary to effectively use research-based curricular materials. Thus, we consider teacher support materials and professional development (PD) to be a critical component of this intervention. We will describe the design of teacher support materials and professional development to support teachers' implementation of the curriculum through developing their knowledge and skills in the areas of Content Coherence and Pedagogical Support for Student Learning. In the context of face-to-face and online interactions with the curriculum unit, teachers learn about science content, student ideas, and strategies for teaching the content and curriculum effectively. This paper reports on the iterative development of the suite of teacher support materials and PD, highlights of key features, findings of our Year 2 field test, and implications of those findings for future revisions. (Contains 7 tables and 3 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A