ERIC Number: EJ785179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Providing Bottom-Up Support to Middle School Science Teachers' Reform Efforts in Using Inquiry-Based Kits
Jones, Mark T.; Eick, Charles J.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v18 n6 p913-934 Dec 2007
Middle grades science teachers need professional support in practice as they implement new inquiry-based science. Professional development schools can provide this bottom-up support through connecting preservice and inservice teacher education programs in classroom practice. In this study, coteaching arrangements with secondary science education majors provided additional teachers in the classroom to support a materials-rich curriculum and the needed associated pedagogies. Science education majors provided needed assistance in troubleshooting difficulties with the new curriculum. They also provided needed content knowledge to support inquiry, along with creating moments and space for teachers to reflect on inquiry practice. Ongoing assistance by preservice teachers allowed inservice teachers to progress from logistical concerns in implementing kit curriculum to concerns regarding student learning and the supporting professional development.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Education Majors, Preservice Teachers, Professional Development Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Educational Change, Science Teachers, Professional Development, Science Education, Middle School Teachers, Secondary Education, Inservice Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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