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ERIC Number: ED563064
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
Effects of the Teaching Science as Inquiry (TSI) Aquatic Professional Development Course for Middle- and High-School Teachers
Seraphin, Kanesa Duncan; Philippoff, Joanna; Harrison, George; Brandon, Paul
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
These authors are in the process of completing the development and evaluation of a series of professional development (PD) modules consisting of in-person trainings coupled with online learning support. The PD is grounded in the Teaching Science as Inquiry (TSI) pedagogical framework, which is centered on learning through authentic application of knowledge and skills. The purpose of the TSI Aquatic PD module series is to increase teachers' content knowledge in aquatic science disciplines and to improve teachers' (1) understanding of scientific inquiry; (2) pedagogical content knowledge needed to create classrooms that function as a community of scientists; and (e) self-efficacy in using TSI pedagogy. In July 2013 the authors will have conducted five PD cohorts, with 62 teachers and four teacher-leaders completing the program. The course begins with an introductory meeting, followed by the four modules. The four modules total more than 88 contact hours spread throughout the academic year. The authors administered teacher and student questionnaires and assessments at the beginning of the academic year, before the first PD workshop, and at the end of the academic year, after the final PD workshop. Preliminary findings suggest that the TSI Aquatic PD has positive, significant effects on teachers' and students' scientific process knowledge. Qualitative analyses of teacher reflections and narratives also suggest that explicit instruction in metacognitive strategies to teachers and their students has increased the ability of both groups to become more aware of their observations, decisions, and thought processes needed to do and understand science. Tables and figures are appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
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