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ERIC Number: EJ872149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1046-560X
Development of Preservice Teachers' Ability to Critique and Adapt Inquiry-Based Instructional Materials
Duncan, Ravit Golan; Pilitsis, Vicky; Piegaro, Melissa
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v21 n1 p81-102 Feb 2010
Current standards emphasize student engagement with inquiry practices. However, implementing inquiry instruction is a formidable challenge for teachers as they often lack models for using and adapting inquiry-based instructional materials. Teacher education programs can provide scaffolded contexts for developing teachers' ability to critique, adapt, and design inquiry-based materials. We describe a qualitative study of 17 preservice teachers enrolled in two consecutive science methods courses. The study characterizes the development of preservice teachers' ability to critique and revise instructional materials. Our findings suggest that teachers improved in their ability to critique lesson plans and to suggest revisions that would make them more inquiry oriented. In particular, the teachers' critiques and revisions increased in sophistication after engaging in instructional design activities during the second methods course.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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