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ERIC Number: EJ760075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4308
An Investigation of Experienced Secondary Science Teachers' Beliefs about Inquiry: An Examination of Competing Belief Sets
Wallace, Carolyn S.; Kang, Nam-Hwa
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v41 n9 p936-960 Nov 2004
The purpose of this study was to investigate the beliefs of six experienced high school science teachers about (1) what is successful science learning; (2) what are the purposes of laboratory in science teaching; and (3) how inquiry is implemented in the classroom. An interpretive multiple case study with an ethnographic orientation was used. The teachers' beliefs about successful science learning were substantively linked to their beliefs about laboratory and inquiry implementation. For example, two teachers who believed that successful science learning was deep conceptual understanding, used verification labs primarily to illustrate these concepts and used inquiry as a type of isolated problem-solving experience. Another teacher who believed that successful science learning was enculturation into scientific practices used inquiry-based labs extensively to teach the practices of science. Tension in competing beliefs sets and implications for reform are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A