ERIC Number: EJ1113505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Teachers and Science Curriculum Materials: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go
Davis, Elizabeth A.; Janssen, Fred J. J. M.; Van Driel, Jan H.
Studies in Science Education, v52 n2 p127-160 2016
Curriculum materials serve as a key conceptual tool for science teachers, and better understanding how science teachers use these tools could help to improve both curriculum design and theory related to teacher learning and decision-making. The authors review the literature on teachers and science curriculum materials. The review is organised around three main questions: What do teachers do when using science curriculum materials?, What happens when teachers use science curriculum materials? and Why do teachers make the decisions they do? For each question, the authors first summarise the findings of two key reviews from the mathematics education literature, then situate the findings from science education in juxtaposition with those findings. The review uncovers that relatively little is understood about the mechanism underlying how teachers interact with curriculum materials. To try to address this gap, complementing and extending the field's existing understandings of the teacher-curriculum relationship, the authors make four propositions, grounded in the literature on self-regulation. The propositions reflect a mechanism for teacher curricular decision-making. The self-regulation perspective also helps to develop more targeted support for science teachers aimed at the uptake, adaptation and enactment of curriculum materials in ways that are intended, and that teachers themselves experience as an improvement in their teaching. The authors conclude with a call for research that further explores the ways in which individual science teachers' decision-making is situated within the wider sociocultural context.
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Materials, Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Teaching Methods, Instructional Materials, Curriculum Implementation, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Teachers, Elementary School Science, Preschool Teachers, Literature Reviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands