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ERIC Number: EJ1039034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1046-560X
Responding to Students' Learning Preferences in Chemistry
Lewthwaite, Brian; Wiebe, Rick
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v25 n3 p263-287 Apr 2014
This paper reports on a teacher's and his students' responsiveness to a new tetrahedral-oriented (Mahaffy in "J Chem Educ" 83(1):49-55, 2006) curriculum requiring more discursive classroom practices in the teaching of chemistry. In this instrumental case study, we identify the intentions of this learner-centered curriculum and a teacher's development in response to this curriculum. We also explore the tensions this teacher experiences as students subsequently respond to his adjusted teaching. We use a Chemistry Teacher Inventory (Lewthwaite and Wiebe in "Res Sci Educ" 40(11):667-689, 2011; Lewthwaite and Wiebe in "Can J Math Sci Technol Educ" 12(1):36-61, 2012; Lewthwaite in "Chem Educ Res Pract." doi:10.1039/C3RP00122A, 2014) to assist the teacher in monitoring how he teaches and how he would like to improve his teaching. We also use a student form of the instrument, the Chemistry Classroom Inventory and Classroom Observation Protocol (Lewthwaite and Wiebe 2011) to verify the teacher's teaching and perception of student preferences for his teaching especially in terms of the discursive processes the curriculum encourages. By so doing, the teacher is able to use both sets of data as a foundation for critical reflection and work towards resolution of the incongruence in data arising from students' preferred learning orientations and his teaching aspirations. Implications of this study in regards to the authority of students' voice in triggering teachers' pedagogical change and the adjustments in "teachering" and "studenting" required by such curricula are considered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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