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Ortega, Irasema; Luft, Julie A.; Wong, Sissy S. – School Science and Mathematics, 2013
Early career science teachers are often assigned to classrooms with high numbers of English language learners (ELLs). For the underprepared early career science teacher, these circumstances are challenging. This study examines the changes in beliefs and practices of an early career science teacher who taught high numbers of ELLs in an urban…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Beginning Teachers, English Language Learners, Urban Schools
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Demir, Abdulkadir; Abell, Sandra K. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2010
The purpose of this phenomenographic study was to: (a) gain an understanding of the meaning of inquiry held by beginning science teachers and their instructors in an Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP); and (b) compare science teachers' views of inquiry with what they learned in their ATCP. Participants were four beginning science…
Descriptors: Methods Courses, Observation, Interviews, Data Analysis
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Martinez, Louis – English Journal, 2010
The nation's focus on the literacy skills of students--especially boys--has produced many notions of reform. School districts reorganized and changed curricula to meet the needs of struggling readers and writers. In New York City, where this author was teaching, "Balanced Literacy" (a reading and writing workshop) had been implemented in…
Descriptors: High School Students, Program Effectiveness, Surveys, Questionnaires
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Luft, Julie A. – International Journal of Science Education, 2009
While it is generally acknowledged that the first years of teaching are the most difficult, little is known about the development of subject matter specialists during this period. In order to add to the knowledge in this area, the present study explores the first year of 114 secondary science teachers as they participate in one of four different…
Descriptors: Proximity, Investigations, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Science Teachers