ERIC Number: EJ821360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
Are Teachers Walking the Walk or Just Talking the Talk in Science Education?
Keys, Philip M.
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v11 n5 p499-516 Oct 2005
Actions speak louder than words. Teachers may verbally agree with curriculum change but seldom do their statements match up with their classroom practice and, as a result, the intended curriculum is never fully implemented. The study described below reports on how primary and secondary teachers' statements of belief, otherwise referred to as expressed beliefs, influenced the implementation of a new science curriculum. Through the methodology of educational criticism the results revealed that teachers made use of a set of expressed beliefs to influence the direction of the science curriculum. Teachers' expressed beliefs were categorized into four subsets: platonic expressed beliefs, organizational beliefs, associated beliefs and transitional beliefs. The outcome of this study provides leaders in educational reform with an understanding of the influence of teachers' beliefs in the direction of curriculum change. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Theory Practice Relationship, Teacher Influence, Program Implementation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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