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ERIC Number: EJ938908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1046-560X
Reversing the Downward Spiral of Science Instruction in K-2 Classrooms
Sandholtz, Judith Haymore; Ringstaff, Cathy
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v22 n6 p513-533 Oct 2011
This study investigated the extent to which teacher professional development led to changes in science instruction in K-2 classrooms in rural school districts. The research specifically examined changes in (a) teachers' content knowledge in science; (b) teachers' self-efficacy related to teaching science; (c) classroom instructional time allotted to science; and (d) instructional strategies used in science. The study also investigated contextual factors contributing to or hindering changes in science instruction. Data sources included a teacher survey, a self-efficacy assessment, content knowledge tests, interviews, and classroom observations. After one year in the program, teachers showed increased content knowledge and self-efficacy in teaching science; they spent more instructional time on science and began using different instructional strategies. Key contextual factors included curricular demands, resources, administrative support, and support from other teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Kindergarten; Primary Education
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Language: English
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