ERIC Number: EJ1062756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Cultivating Primary Students' Scientific Thinking through Sustained Teacher Professional Development
Miller, Roxanne Greitz; Curwen, Margaret Sauceda; White-Smith, Kimberly A.; Calfee, Robert C.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v43 n4 p317-326 Jul 2015
While the United States' National Research Council (NRC 2012) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS 2013) advocate children's engagement in active science learning, elementary school teachers in the US indicate lack of time to teach science regularly because of (1) school and district pressure to focus on English language arts and mathematics assessment scores in response to the country's No Child Left Behind (2001) mandates; (2) a lack of preparation in teacher science content knowledge; and (3) a lack of science professional development opportunities. In response to these needs and focusing on the primary (Kindergarten-first-second) grade levels, the Project SMART professional development program was created and implemented over three school years in one high-poverty California school district comprised of diverse students, including 62% English language learners. This qualitative report explores primary grades teachers' experiences in the professional development program, providing teacher descriptions of impact on student learning and motivation as well as collegial trust gained through on-going collaboration with university faculty, district professional development facilitators, and among their school/district peers.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Faculty Development, Science Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Primary Education, Poverty, Student Diversity, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Qualitative Research, Program Effectiveness, Collegiality, Trust (Psychology), College School Cooperation, Teacher Collaboration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Grade 1; Grade 2; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California