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ERIC Number: EJ1168824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8326
Characterizing Elementary Teachers' Enactment of High-Leverage Practices through Engineering Design-Based Science Instruction
Capobianco, Brenda M.; DeLisi, Jacqueline; Radloff, Jeffrey
Science Education, v102 n2 p342-376 Mar 2018
In an effort to document teachers' enactments of new reform in science teaching, valid and scalable measures of science teaching using engineering design are needed. This study describes the development and testing of an approach for documenting and characterizing elementary science teachers' multiday enactments of engineering design-based science teaching. Using the tenets of ambitious teaching, we explore how Grade 4 teachers utilized elements of high-leverage practices in an effort to teach science using engineering design. Data included 33 hours of classroom observations, semistructured interviews, and teacher reflections. Using lesson event, classroom organization, and instructional codes analogous to the literature on the engineering design process, we generated and analyzed classroom event maps, noting trends across multiple and individual teacher classrooms. Results indicated percentages of time spent on different phases within the design process among multiple classrooms as well as consistency across individual cases that demonstrate teachers' capacity to enact ambitious teaching practices through engineering design-based science instruction. Implications suggest that our approach provides a useful method to not only document and characterize engineering design-based science teaching practices but also reveals complexities of leveraging student thinking through ambitious engineering teaching practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 0962840