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ERIC Number: EJ849837
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1090-185X
Lasting Impact of a Professional Development Program on Constructivist Science Teaching
Beamer, Tyler; Van Sickle, Meta; Harrison, Gary; Temple, George
Journal of Elementary Science Education, v20 n4 p49-60 Fall 2008
This study was conducted to examine the effectiveness of the GK-12: Lowcountry Partners for Inquiry program that included an emphasis on constructivist teaching methods for science teachers and science graduate students. The goal was to monitor middle school teachers' use of constructivist practices in their classrooms two years after their last program experience. Classroom observations, Constructivist Learning Environment Surveys (CLES), and interviews were conducted to assess their use of constructivist practices. Data suggest that teachers' use of constructivist practices increased following completion of the GK-12 program. Scores in each of the five CLES categories were significantly higher two years post program involvement than at the end of the program (p less than 0.05). Teachers reported that they not only continued but also increased their use of constructivist practices because of the increased achievement and improved critical thinking skills of their students. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina