ERIC Number: EJ1037552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Scientists' Participation in Teacher Professional Development: The Impact on Fourth to Eighth Grade Teachers' Understanding and Implementation of Inquiry Science
Morrison, Judith A.
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v12 n4 p793-816 Aug 2014
The impact of a professional development experience involving scientists and fourth to eighth grade teachers of science was explored. Teachers attended a summer program at a research facility where they had various experiences such as job shadowing and interviewing scientists. They also participated in authentic inquiry investigations and planned inquiry units for their classrooms. Data on teachers' understanding and implementation of inquiry were collected through surveys, questionnaires, and classroom observations. Findings show that the teachers' understanding of inquiry improved and most participants were able to successfully implement inquiry science in their classrooms. Barriers to the implementation of inquiry practices and the impact of specific experiences with the scientists were explored.
Descriptors: Scientists, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Summer Programs, Inquiry, Active Learning, Program Effectiveness, Science Instruction, Teacher Surveys, Questionnaires, Observation, Barriers, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8; Adult Education
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