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ERIC Number: EJ760914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1046-560X
The Effect of a Mentoring Model for Elementary Science Professional Development
Koch, Janice; Appleton, Ken
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v18 n2 p209-231 Apr 2007
This study describes an elementary science model of professional development through mentoring by university science education professors working with teachers at a private elementary school in a regional city in Queensland, Australia. A cross-cultural collaboration involving professors from the United States and Australia resulted in the socially constructed image of the science education mentor. While there is no generic model for elementary science mentoring, results of data collection reveal that (a) one-to-one mentoring has short-term implications for implementing constructivist science teaching practices; (b) successful mentoring models include facilitating the understanding of science content, exploring elementary science pedagogical content knowledge through modeling, and off-site professional development workshops; and (c) understanding and working from the predispositions of the teachers is an essential component of effective professional development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United States