ERIC Number: EJ1019361
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
Teachers in an Interdisciplinary Learning Community: Engaging, Integrating, and Strengthening K-12 Education
Hardré, Patricia L.; Ling, Chen; Shehab, Randa L.; Nanny, Mark A.; Nollert, Matthias U.; Refai, Hazem; Ramseyer, Christopher; Herron, Jason; Wollega, Ebisa D.
Journal of Teacher Education, v64 n5 p409-425 Nov-Dec 2013
This study examines the inputs (processes and strategies) and outputs (perceptions, skill development, classroom transfer, disciplinary integration, social networking, and community development) of a yearlong, interdisciplinary teacher learning and development experience. Eleven secondary math and science teachers partnered with an interdisciplinary team of university engineering mentors in a yearlong engineering education and project implementation program. It consisted of a 6-week on-site resident professional development and collaboration experience, with an ongoing support and follow-up including digital systems. Mixed-method, multisource data indicate that teachers engaged with motivations combining personal, intrinsic interest and classroom integration goals. They formed and sustained an active community of learning and practice that supported their success, on-site and through classroom integration, thereby promoting innovations. Teachers reported positive perceptions throughout the program and demonstrated significant, productive trajectories of change-over-time. Teachers learned and transferred task-specific engineering and scientific skills, as well as more general inquiry-based pedagogical strategies to their secondary classrooms.
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers, Mentors, Faculty Development, Educational Innovation, Mixed Methods Research, Inquiry, Teacher Attitudes, Positive Attitudes, Engineering Education, College Faculty, Social Networks, Communities of Practice, Measures (Individuals), Questionnaires, Likert Scales, Effect Size, Program Implementation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma