Who Can Do It? New Science Teachers with Reform-based Teaching Strategies

Who Can Do It? New Science Teachers with Reform-based Teaching Strategies

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Despite consistent calls for pedagogical changes in the teaching of science since the 1989 publication of Science for All Americans (Rutherford a Ahlgren), most science teachers still teach in traditional ways. This is most surprisingly true even for new science teachers whose teacher education programs have emphasized reform-based instruction. In order to understand how reform-based teaching can be done by new teachers, I examined the experiences and beliefs of three reform-based new secondary science teachers. Research in teacher socialization has shown that three separate phases---qlife history, q teacher education, and in-service-shape---a teacher's beliefs and practices. Findings from this collective case study suggest that the ability to teach in reform-based ways in the qrough and tumble of practiceq (Crawford, 2007) may be linked to a teacher having a qbelief inq reform rather than a qknowledge ofq reform. Findings from this study also provides evidence of teachers relying on their own learning style as a guide for teaching; drawing on authentic inquiry experiences in their instruction and their conceptions of the nature of science; and benefiting from having digital forms of lessons available, regardless of level of reform, to use as a springboard to crafting reform-based lessons. A possible link is explored between a disposition towards stewardship of the environment and disposition towards stewardship of children as learners. Recommendations are made for research, teacher education, and teacher in-service with regards to selection, preparation, and in-service support of new science teachers who can teach in reform-based ways.I first read through a participanta#39;s transcripts that directly related to the particular embedded unit I was analyzing. ... Once finished with notes on the documents most relevant to the particular embedded unit, I combined my notes in an effort to anbsp;...

Title:Who Can Do It? New Science Teachers with Reform-based Teaching Strategies
Author:Sarah Rachel Hick
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008


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