ERIC Number: EJ1039230
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Curriculum as Experienced by Students: How Teacher Identity Shapes Science Notebook Use
Madden, Lauren; Wiebe, Eric N.
Research in Science Education, v43 n6 p2567-2592 Dec 2013
This mixed-methods case study examined the notebook entries of one class of 22 second graders as a way of examining how teacher identity shaped the way students experienced their science curriculum. These notebook entries were created during lessons with three different teachers over the course of one school year, using similar kit-based materials to teach science. The entries were coded for inquiry phase, percent missing or incomplete entries, and driving force (teacher-driven, student-driven, or balanced); chi-squared analyses revealed significant differences among the notebook entries created by the same students during lessons taught by each of the three teachers. Qualitative observations of each teachers' instruction around notebook use supported these quantitative differences, and suggested that the differences in curriculum as experienced by students could be attributed to differences in teacher identity, both who the teacher is and what they do in the classroom. These findings indicate that students' notebooks are useful tools for examining how teachers' identities might shape how elementary students experience science curriculum, and that they can be used to help structure more effective professional development plans for each teacher.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science, Science Curriculum, Case Studies, Professional Identity, Instructional Materials, Inquiry, Science Instruction, Student Journals, Mixed Methods Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2
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