ERIC Number: EJ1022983
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Reference Count: 16
The Use of Clinical Interviews to Develop Inservice Secondary Science Teachers' Nature of Science Knowledge and Assessment of Student Nature of Science Knowledge
Peters-Burton, Erin E.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v86 n6 p229-237 2013
To fully incorporate nature of science knowledge into classrooms, teachers must be both proficient in their own nature of science knowledge, but also skillful in translating their knowledge into a learning environment which assesses student knowledge. Twenty-eight inservice teachers enrolled in a graduate course which in part required a clinical interview. For the interview, teachers developed six increasingly difficult questions, interviewed a student, and analyzed the result. Findings show that while teachers needed scaffolding to write cognitively higher questions, they were, however, encouraged to shift their practice from asking questions that had one-word answers to engaging students in connecting knowledge.
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Interviews, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Student Evaluation, Graduate Study, Science Education, Faculty Development, Evidence, Scientific Principles
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