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The development of ePCK of newly hired in-field and out-of-field teachers during their first three years of teaching
This study explored the potential impact of teaching outside of one’s field of expertise. This longitudinal cross-case study examined the development of enacted pedagogical content knowledge (ePCK) among a group of in-field and out-of-field (OOF) physical science teachers during their first 3 years of teaching. The components of ePCK investigated included the knowledge and skills related to conceptual teaching strategies and student understanding of science. Seventeen newly hired teachers teaching in and outside their field of expertise participated in the study. The data collected included semi-structured interviews and classroom observations of the teachers. The study’s findings showed that early career OOF physical science teachers exhibited less developed ePCK and showed more inconsistencies in their ePCK compared to their in-field counterparts. The findings also revealed that ePCK fluctuated for most teachers, representing the tentative nature of emerging ePCK. This study has implications for those who prepare and support newly hired teachers.
Updated: May. 24, 2022
Exploring the Written Dialogues of Two First-Year Secondary Science Teachers in an Online Mentoring Program
The purpose of this study was to investigate the changes and learning processes beginning science teachers made in their online mentoring experiences, specifically when written dialogues were used as the primary modes of communication between mentors and mentees. The results reveal that the two pairs of mentee–mentors showed different participation patterns that affected the intensity of the creation of new realities, and affected whether the mentees tried/vetted new teaching practices suggested by their mentors. However, the two beginning science teachers shared teaching practices they had learned during their teacher education programs, and discussed how these practices were different from those currently in use by more experienced teachers at their schools.
Updated: Dec. 15, 2015
The shortage of science teachers has spurred a discussion about their retention and recruitment. While discussion about retaining science teachers has increased dramatically in just the last few years, science teacher educators have not attended to the recruitment of science teachers with the same tenacity. In this article, the authors initiate this discussion and to focus on secondary science teachers.
Updated: Oct. 28, 2012
The case report describes an online course in biology, designed to help teachers prepare for science certification exams. The study implemented concept maps and pre and post-course examinations. Findings indicate students gained declarative knowledge, but that the course did little to improve complex levels of understanding. Participants' attitudes towards the course also influenced their engagement, and students reported lack of motivation to engage in the course due to busy schedules, and lack of personal accountability.
Updated: Mar. 23, 2008