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ERIC Number: EJ1044972
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0890-6459
Supporting STEM Teachers to Inspire through Everyday Innovation
Bienkowski, Marie; Shechtman, Nicole; Remold, Julie; Knudsen, Jennifer
Teacher Education and Practice, v27 n2-3 p356-375 Spr-Sum 2014
Science teachers inspire in part by their constant adaptation to the learning needs of their students and to evolving content, curriculum, technology, and student populations. Innovation--bringing novel things to a situation to confer a benefit--is an integral part of teaching overall, and in especially inspired science teaching. While innovation and adaptation are recognized as critical to excellent science teaching, there has been little work unpacking innovation in depth and in the context of school reforms, teacher community, and teacher education. In this chapter, we examine the nature of everyday innovation in teaching high school biology. Through in-depth interviews and surveys with teachers from a range of schools, we investigated new things that teachers try, factors that drive innovation, benefits teachers anticipate, and aspects of school context that support or hinder innovation. We discuss implications for teacher educators, administrators, and policymakers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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