ERIC Number: EJ1088599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
The Transparent and the Invisible in Professional Pedagogical Vision for Science Teaching
McDonald, Scott P.
School Science and Mathematics, v116 n2 p95-103 Feb 2016
Science teacher educators use examples of practice to support teacher candidates (TCs) learning to engage in new forms of science teaching. However, interpretation of these examples assumes a level of expertise about practice TCs lack. This article describes a study designed to determine some of the differences between expert teachers' and TCs' professional pedagogical vision for science teaching. Specifically, the study examines what each group attends to (highlights) in examples of science teaching and how they interpret the events they attend to (codes). Both groups were asked to analyze video of classroom science teaching. Differences were found between TCs and expert teachers in terms of both highlighting and coding of science teaching practice. Four key areas of difference are described in detail: actor focus, questions, grain size, and enactment. The implications for science teacher education are discussed, in particular a set of tools and teacher education practices to support acculturating TCs into more a sophisticated professional pedagogical vision for science teaching.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Expertise, Experienced Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction, Knowledge Level, Comparative Analysis, Coding, Preservice Teacher Education, Professionalism
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