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ERIC Number: EJ944086
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0157-244X
Fostering Teacher Development to a Tetrahedral Orientation in the Teaching of Chemistry
Lewthwaite, Brian; Wiebe, Rick
Research in Science Education, v41 n5 p667-689 Nov 2011
This paper reports on the initial outcomes from the end of the fourth year of a 5 year research and professional development project to improve chemistry teaching among three cohorts of chemistry teachers in Manitoba, Canada. The project responds to a new curriculum introduction advocating a tetrahedral orientation (Mahaffy, "Journal of Chemical Education" 83(1), 49-55, 2006) to the teaching of chemistry. The project in its entirety is based upon several theoretical models in fostering chemistry teacher development (in particular Bronfenbrenner's bio-ecological model). These models are described, as is the progress made by teachers based upon the use of a Chemistry Teacher Inventory and associated teacher responses. Overall, statistical analysis of perceptions of their own teaching and comments made by teachers suggests they are showing limited development towards a tetrahedral orientation, albeit in a manner consistent with the curriculum. Ongoing research-based activities in this project are also described.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada