ERIC Number: EJ785013
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
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Using Research Based Assessment Tools in Professional Development in Current Electricity
Shen, Ji; Gibbons, Patrick C.; Wiegers, John F.; McMahon, Ann P.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v18 n3 p431-459 Jun 2007
We present a practical way of adapting and using four research-based assessments for different purposes in an electricity and magnetism course for K-8 science teachers. The course is designed to accomplish conceptual change toward accepted scientific conceptions as well as introducing teachers to materials and activities appropriate for their classrooms. Our data support that using the research-based tests to identify alternative conceptions and discuss test results with teachers is a promising way to use the knowledge of alternative conceptions in professional development. We also identify some mismatches between the research of conceptual change and its use in programs of professional development.
Descriptors: Test Results, Concept Formation, Science Teachers, Professional Development, Scientific Concepts, Energy
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