ERIC Number: EJ877874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
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Research Experiences for Teachers (RET): Motivation, Expectations, and Changes to Teaching Practices Due to Professional Program Involvement
Pop, Margareta M.; Dixon, Patricia; Grove, Crissie M.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v21 n2 p127-147 Mar 2010
This study investigated teachers' motivation, expectations, and changes to teaching practices due to a 6 week summer professional development program involvement. Participants (n = 67) attended the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program within a major university in southeast. Surveys and interviews were used to collect data to answer the following research questions: (1) Who attends the RET program? (2) In what ways do elementary teachers differ from middle/secondary teachers with respect to their motivation for attending the RET program and their expectations about the program? (3) In what ways do elementary teachers differ from middle/secondary teachers with respect to implementing changes to their teaching practices due to RET program attendance? Survey results indicated significant differences between elementary teachers and secondary education teachers with respect to their expectations about the program, and changes to their teaching practices. Interview results provided support to survey findings. Implications for professional development and science teacher education are discussed in relationship with the current study findings.
Descriptors: Teacher Motivation, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Professional Development, Teaching Methods, Expectation, Higher Education, Surveys, Interviews, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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