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Opportunities for Teacher Learning During Enactment of Inquiry Science Curriculum Materials: Exploring the Potential for Teacher Educative Materials
The work of this study examines the process of interacting with materials and students while thinking about teaching in order to guide curriculum material designers’ thinking about when and how materials might be helpful for teachers. The study followed a seventh-grade science teacher, who enacted five inquiry-based science units with all 5 of her seventh-grade science classes over a 2-year period. The findings describe the teacher’s interactions with materials written to support teachers learning to teach inquiry science. Findings indicate that this teacher’s ideas developed as she interacted with materials and her students. Information about student ideas, task and idea-specific support, and model teacher language was most helpful.
Updated: Apr. 30, 2014
To be effective, teacher education programs need to engage teachers in learning experiences grounded in classroom practice and guidance to develop as professionals. New web-based communication tools such as real-time video conferencing and blogs have the potential to improve the connection between universities and classrooms. An innovative course for new mentor teachers was designed to guide teacher learning, encourage collaboration, and support partnerships.
Updated: Apr. 20, 2009