ERIC Number: EJ1022984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Changes in Science Content Knowledge and Attitudes toward Science Teaching of Educators Attending a Zoo-Based Neuroscience Professional Development
Pecore, John L.; Kirchgessner, Mandy L.; Carruth, Laura L.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v86 n6 p238-245 2013
Informal learning environments often host teachers for learning opportunities, but little is known about the impact of these experiences on teacher professional development (PD). This article describes a unique collaborative PD experience between zoological park personnel and university faculty, examining the impact on teacher content knowledge, attitudes, and classroom lessons. Our findings suggest that the PD improved science content, but made no impact on already high attitudes toward science. In light of the high level of self-reported satisfaction and high frequency of teacher lesson plan use, we propose that the PD had other positive outcomes such as pedagogical knowledge and authentic learning experiences.
Descriptors: Science Education, College Faculty, Recreational Facilities, Faculty Development, Neurosciences, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Informal Education, Learning Experience, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Lesson Plans, Workshops, Science Tests, Attitude Measures, Partnerships in Education, Self Concept, Anxiety, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia