ERIC Number: EJ766293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 9
The Science Training Teachers Need
Wenglinsky, Harold; Silverstein, Samuel C.
Educational Leadership, v64 n4 p24-29 Dec 2006-Jan 2007
National science assessments and international comparisons indicate that science achievement in the United States is stagnant or declining. Of the many steps needed to improve U.S. science education, the authors write, none is more important than improving teacher training and preparation. Analyses of scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in science indicate that students score higher when their teachers have had substantial professional development in laboratory skills, hands-on learning, instructional technology, and assessment. The article describes a professional development program focused on these skills--Columbia University's Summer Research Program for Secondary School Science Teachers. The program gives participating teachers real-world laboratory experience and extensive support in taking their expertise back to their classrooms. Evaluations of the program and of another summer program sponsored by the Alabama Department of Education show that such professional development experiences can raise student achievement.
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Science Teachers, Professional Development, Secondary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Summer Science Programs, Teacher Effectiveness, Inservice Teacher Education, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; New York