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ERIC Number: EJ848268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0671
Middle School Alternatively Certified Science Teachers: Resources, Teacher Choices, and Student Achievement
Linek, Wayne M.; Sampson, Mary Beth; Gomez, Karyn A.; Linder, Patricia E.; Torti, Crystal; Levingston, Ceretha; Palmer, Joel
Journal of Educational Research, v102 n6 p403-412 Jul-Aug 2009
In the present study, alternatively certified 5th-grade teachers used textbooks and worksheets as primary teaching materials because of their limited access to trade books. The limited number of trade books that these teachers used were mostly scientifically accurate. However, a large proportion of the trade books integrated into the science curriculum were not related to science. Observational and interview data indicated a focus on textbooks and vocabulary instruction. Overall, the student passing rate on state-mandated science tests in these alternatively certified teachers' classrooms was lower than the average passing rate for the state. The authors discuss implications, including the need for ongoing professional development related to curriculum, appropriate resources, and teaching strategies. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas