ERIC Number: EJ1003585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
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Reference Count: 97
STEM Career Changers' Transformation into Science Teachers
Snyder, Catherine; Oliveira, Alandeom W.; Paska, Lawrence M.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v24 n4 p617-644 Jun 2013
This study examines the transformation (professional growth) of career-changing women scientists who decided to become teachers. Drawing upon Mezirow's Transformative Learning Theory, we tracked their transformation for 3 years. Our findings revealed multiple identities, disorientation, a perceived sense of meaninglessness, loss and eventual regain in confidence, gain in pedagogical knowledge and skill, and changed perceptions of the social roles of science teachers and scientists. Driven by personal choice or need (financial, intellectual), such transformations were achieved through active pursuit of meaning in one's work, critical assessment of assumptions, planning, and trying on the unfamiliar role of a science teacher. It is argued that such transition entails complex changes in thinking about science teaching and identifying oneself as a science teacher.
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Career Change, Science Teachers, STEM Education, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Women Scientists, Females, Identification (Psychology), Teacher Role, Attitude Change, Teaching Skills, Decision Making
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