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ERIC Number: EJ1204238
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1046-560X
A Practical Approach to Differentiated Instruction: How Biology Teachers Redesigned Their Genetics and Ecology Lessons
de Graaf, Arjan; Westbroek, Hanna; Janssen, Fred
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v30 n1 p6-23 2019
In this study we investigated how a theoretical framework we developed for making differentiated instruction practical worked out in a trajectory (1 year, 5 sessions) that aimed to support 5 secondary biology teachers in designing differentiated instruction practices. The key feature of the framework is the development of cost-effective procedures--heuristics--that aim to support teachers in redesigning their lessons into differentiated instruction (instrumentality) that sufficiently match their work context (congruence), within a limited amount of time and with limited resources (low cost). Our research questions were as follows: Did the heuristic support enable the 5 biology teachers to design differentiated instruction lessons? Did the teachers consider the design and enactment of the lessons practical? To answer our questions we collected the following data: lesson designs and recordings of regular lessons and of redesigned lessons, expected value and perceived advantages and disadvantages to determine how the teachers valued the redesign of their lessons and why, and student responses to a short questionnaire to gain some insight into how they valued the lessons. We found that all 5 teachers were able and willing to apply the heuristics in a way that balanced their goals of controlling the learning processes combined with handing over responsibility to the student. Although it was conducted on a small scale, we contend that our study contributes to a more comprehensive understanding of what teachers consider to be practical support for changing their teaching practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands