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Glennie, Elizabeth J.; Charles, Karen J.; Rice, Olivia N. – Science Educator, 2017
Examining repeated classroom encounters over time provides a comprehensive picture of activities. Studies of instructional practices in classrooms have traditionally relied on two methods: classroom observations, which are expensive, and surveys, which are limited in scope and accuracy. Teacher logs provide a "real-time" method for…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Transcripts (Written Records), Educational Practices
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Zambak, V. Serbay; Alston, Daniel M.; Marshall, Jeff. C.; Tyminski, Andrew M. – Science Educator, 2017
For many years, changing beliefs has been considered a prerequisite for changing classroom practices. However, professional development research has also shown that the opposite relationship is also true--change in practice can precede change in beliefs. This study investigated the effect of a one-year professional development program on…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Inquiry, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
Luft, Julie A.; Dubois, Shannon L.; Kaufmann, Janey; Plank, Larry – Science Educator, 2016
Teachers are professional learners and leaders. They seek to understand how their students learn, and they participate in programs that provide new instructional skills, curricular materials, and ways to become involved in their community. This study follows a science teacher leadership program over a three-year period of time. There were…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Leadership Training, Program Development, Program Effectiveness
Friedrichsen, Patricia J.; Linke, Nicholas; Barnett, Ellen – Science Educator, 2016
The social controversy surrounding the teaching of evolution puts pressure on secondary biology teachers to deemphasize or omit evolution from their curriculum. In this growing pressure, professional development can offer support to biology teachers. In this study, we surveyed secondary biology teachers in Missouri and report the data from…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Science Instruction
Miles, Rhea; Slagter van Tryon, Patricia J.; Mensah, Felicia Moore – Science Educator, 2015
TechMath is a professional development program that forms collaborations among businesses, colleges, and schools for the purpose of promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers. TechMath has provided strategies for creating highquality professional development by bringing together teachers, students, and business…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers
Bowman, Larry L., Jr.; Govett, Aimee L. – Science Educator, 2015
Twenty-six states voluntarily partnered to provide leadership and guidance for the purpose of adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). However, a need exists to examine the NGSS versus state standards to better understand changes in curriculum and instruction to make their implementation successful for all states. The present…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Academic Standards, State Standards, National Standards
Miranda, Rommel J.; Damico, Julie B. – Science Educator, 2015
This mixed-methods study examines how engaging science teachers in a summer Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) followed by an academic-year Professional Learning Community (PLC) focused on translating teacher research experiences to inquiry-based classroom lessons might facilitate changes in their beliefs and classroom practices regarding…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Teacher Attitudes, Science Teachers, Faculty Development
Liu, Shiyu; Roehrig, Gillian; Bhattacharya, Devarati; Varma, Keisha – Science Educator, 2015
This study explores in-service teachers' attitudes and knowledge about a pressing environmental issue, "global climate change" (GCC), and how these may relate to their classroom teaching. In this work, nineteen teachers from Native American communities attended a professional development workshop that focused on enhancing their…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Knowledge Level, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Climate
Barlow, Angela T.; Frick, Tasha M.; Barker, Heather L.; Phelps, Amy J. – Science Educator, 2014
Modeling Instruction holds the potential for transforming science instruction and improving student achievement. Key to the success of Modeling Instruction, however, is the fidelity of implementation of its curriculum. This qualitative study examined the impact of Modeling Instruction professional development on participating teachers'…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Faculty Development, Program Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
Lewis, Elizabeth; Baker, Dale; Watts, Nievita Bueno; Lang, Michael – Science Educator, 2014
In this article we describe current educational research underlying a comprehensive model for building a scientific classroom discourse community. We offer a professional development activity for a school-based professional learning community, providing specific science instructional strategies within this interactive teaching model. This design…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Communities of Practice, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development
Presley, Morgan L.; Sickel, Aaron J.; Muslu, Nilay; Merle-Johnson, Dominike; Witzig, Stephen B.; Izci, Kemal; Sadler, Troy D. – Science Educator, 2013
Science instruction based on student exploration of socio-scientific issues (SSI) has been presented as a powerful strategy for supporting science learning and the development of scientific literacy. This paper presents an instructional framework for SSI based education. The framework is based on a series of research studies conducted in a diverse…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Science and Society, Teaching Methods
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Romance, Nancy R.; Vitale, Michael R. – Science Educator, 2012
Science IDEAS is an evidence-based model that reflects interdisciplinary research findings that support the integration of literacy (e.g., reading comprehension) within science instruction in grades K-5. Presented is a framework for planning integrated science and literacy instruction in which six elements (hands-on investigations, reading,…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Reading Comprehension, Student Evaluation, Reading Achievement
Powell-Moman, Amy D.; Brown-Schild, Valerie B. – Science Educator, 2011
This paper investigates the impact of a two-year professional development program on teacher self-efficacy for inquiry-based instruction. The program utilizes scientist-teacher partnerships to develop content knowledge, inquiry-based instruction, and leadership skills for in-service STEM teachers. Participating teachers are administered a survey…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Teacher Participation, Faculty Development, Scientists
Neff, Grace A.; Retsek, Jennifer; Berber-Jimenez, Lola; Barber, Nicole; Coles, Monica; Fintikakis, Christina; Huigens, Brent – Science Educator, 2010
Making chemistry both accessible and interesting to middle and high school students can be difficult. Convincing middle and high school teachers that they will learn something new and applicable from a professional development workshop in chemistry can be equally challenging. This paper describes the use of material science as a means to enhance…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Secondary School Teachers, High School Students, Secondary School Science
Banerjee, Anil – Science Educator, 2010
The author describes a professional development model for high school science teachers based on the framework of inquiry and science standards. The "Learn-Teach-Assess Inquiry" model focuses on guided inquiry labs as the central theme and builds on these labs to reinforce science concepts and abilities to understand and engage in inquiry…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Active Learning, Secondary School Science
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