ERIC Number: EJ1037595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Building a Community of Practice around Inquiry Instruction through a Professional Development Program
Lotter, Christine; Yow, Jan A.; Peters, Thomas T.
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v12 n1 p1-23 Feb 2014
In this study, we investigated the impact of teaming school-based instructional coaches with science or mathematics middle school teachers to build a community of practice around inquiry instruction. This professional development model began with a 2-week summer institute and continued with four follow-up sessions during the academic school year for the teacher and instructional coach participants. The teachers' participation in this professional development program with (1) content instruction through inquiry lessons, (2) practice teaching to middle school students, and (3) coach-led reflection improved their understanding of inquiry-based practices and the quality of their classroom inquiry implementation. Professional development experiences that prepare teachers and coaches simultaneously in inquiry and content may help build a shared language for reform and accelerate inquiry instructional changes.
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Teachers, Communities of Practice, Inquiry, Faculty Development, Summer Programs, Teacher Education Programs, Educational Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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