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ERIC Number: EJ1222362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
The Interplay of Postsecondary Science Educators' Problems of Practice and Competencies: Informing Better Intervention Designs
Bouwma-Gearhart, Jana; Lenz, Adam; Ivanovitch, John
Journal of Biological Education, v53 n4 p365-377 2019
Research has focused on identifying and overcoming determinants that impede widespread adoption of instructional interventions, with little empirical examination of postsecondary educators' perceptions about these interventions. We explored postsecondary biology educators' sensemaking of education improvement interventions targeting undergraduate level teaching practices at three research universities in North America. We report that educators' sensemaking regarding interventions is situated at the intersection of their felt "problems of practice" and "professional competencies," or what collectively might be labeled postsecondary biology educators' "focal practices," that we explore in turn. These include findings not previously identified in the literature of the choices faculty make concerning interventions they select to engage with and practice revisions they engage in. Towards encouraging more educators perceiving interventions as affordances for teaching improvement, we propose that designers of future education improvement interventions keep in mind the interplay of such perceived contextual and competency-based affordances when designing intervention features.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States; Canada
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1347817|1224624