ERIC Number: EJ776432
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Teachers' Coping Strategies for Teaching Science in a "Low-Performing" School District
Moore, Felicia M.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v18 n5 p773-794 Oct 2007
This study describes how teachers use their personal knowledge of a school district and their students to cope with teaching under stressful situations associated with economic, social, and institutional factors. The 3 teachers dealt with these issues in unique ways, focusing on helping students to overcome negative perceptions, value the importance of an education, and build strong relationships. A model of multicultural science professional development is proposed that complements the strengths that these teachers have. A task for science educators working with teachers and administration in schools and districts that are "critically low performing" is to support everyone in implementing pedagogical methods aimed at empowerment, social justice, and high achievement for all students.
Descriptors: School Districts, Justice, Coping, Science Education, Low Achievement, Stress Variables, Multicultural Education, Science Instruction, Professional Development, Teaching Methods, Empowerment, Science Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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