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ERIC Number: EJ1054142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0157-244X
The Impact of a Professional Development Programme on Primary Teachers' Classroom Practice and Pupils' Attitudes to Science
Smith, Greg
Research in Science Education, v45 n2 p215-239 Apr 2015
This study investigates the relationship, if any, between teacher participation in a targeted professional development programme and changes in participants' instructional practice and their pupils' attitudes to learning primary science. The programme took place over a 2-year period in 15 small rural schools in the West of Ireland. Data sources include teacher and pupil questionnaires, semi-structured interviews and informal classroom observations. The findings reveal that as a result of their involvement in the programme, (a) teachers' instructional practice in science lessons became more inquiry-based and they were engaging their pupils in substantially more hands-on activities in science lessons and (b) pupils developed more positive attitudes towards learning science. The findings from this study add to what is known about delivering effective professional development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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