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ERIC Number: EJ758585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
One Bottleneck at a Time
Bonner, J. Jose; Lotter, Christine; Harwood, William
Science Teacher, v71 n10 p26-29 Dec 2004
Teachers can easily identify what subjects their students have trouble with, whether it is transcription and translation, glycolysis and fermentation, balancing chemical equations, or vector analysis of forces acting on an object. Yet, no matter how teachers try to make these complex issues more accessible to students, or how new editions of textbooks provide improved graphics and more lucid descriptions, students still find these topics troublesome. This article describes a method by which teachers can analyze and find solutions for these kinds of "student-learning bottlenecks," and at the same time incorporate more inquiry into the classroom. The method is based on a summer professional development workshop called the Summer Research Institute (SRI) at Indiana University (IU) in which teachers collaborate with their colleagues to remedy learning bottlenecks that they have identified in their courses. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana