ERIC Number: EJ924168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
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Reference Count: 42
Essential Characteristics for a Professional Development Program for Promoting the Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Science Module
Visser, Talitha C.; Coenders, Fer G. M.; Terlouw, Cees; Pieters, Jules M.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v21 n6 p623-642 Oct 2010
Teachers involved in the implementation of a curriculum innovation can be prepared for this task through a professional development program. In this paper, we describe essential characteristics (identified empirically and theoretically) for such a professional development program that promotes the acquisition of competences by these teachers. The innovation deals with the introduction of modules from a new multidisciplinary subject, in which elements from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and physical geography are integrated. A 3-step approach was used to identify the essential characteristics: (a) evidence from classroom practice, (b) characteristics of the new subject, and (c) theoretical and empirical evidence from curriculum implementation studies. Analysis of the data showed that 5 characteristics need particular attention in a professional development program.
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Curriculum Implementation, Physical Geography, Science Teachers, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development, Science Instruction, Learning Modules, Science Curriculum, Teacher Competencies, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Integrated Curriculum
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