Search results for: Elementary school teachers
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Developing Understanding of the Nature of Science Within a Professional Development Program for Inservice Elementary Teachers: Project Nature of Elementary Science Teaching
The current article describes and evaluates an inservice program designed to build elementary teachers’ understanding of Nature of Science (NOS) and an awareness of how NOS impacts science classroom instruction. Program participants linked positive experiences in the program to the explicit and activity-based NOS instruction provided. Yet, participation in the professional development project might not have been equally beneficial for all teachers. Implications for improvements to further develop teacher understanding of NOS are discussed.
Updated: Dec. 26, 2010
The authors share findings, insights, and implications from “Going Virtual! The Status of Professional Development for K12 Online Teachers. This is a report from 2007, which supported by the North American Council for Online Learning. The authors conducted a national survey of 259 K-12 online teachers, administrators, and professional development trainers. This article provides three main insights from the study. The article discusses implications for K12 online teacher professional development practice, policy, and research.
Updated: Oct. 12, 2010
The authors investigated the impact of an open inquiry experience on elementary science methods students‘ understanding of celestial motion. The authors have also examined the tools, resources, and ideas that preservice teachers used to develop their own inquiry investigations to understand their resourcefulness in pursuit of a scientific question. A comparison of participants‘ inquiry projects with the change in their understanding revealed that while most participants improved in both their area of inquiry and beyond, elementary science methods students may need more guidance to reach a full scientific understanding across all aspects of celestial motion.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2010
Data Literacy: Understanding Teachers' Data Use in a Context of Accountability and Response to Intervention
The purpose of this study is to understand the qualitatively different ways that current practicing teachers are using data to inform instruction. Nine elementary schools teachers participated in this study. Findings from teacher interviews are presented through the image of a ladder representing the stages that teachers experience as they engage in data usage to inform their instructional decision making. These findings have implications for teacher educators and school-based practitioners alike in better supporting the professional development of preservice and in-service teachers for this data-driven context of schools.
Updated: Sep. 02, 2010
The main purpose of the study was to evaluate the quality of BEd programme with regard to the internal efficiency of Government Colleges for Elementary Teachers. The study was conducted on a random sample of 600 BEd students in Punjab province. The findings revealed that BEd programme was effective in terms of updating student teachers' knowledge and skills.
Updated: Aug. 17, 2010
An Inquiry Learning Partnership (ILP) for professional development (PD) was formed between a university, science centre, and two urban school districts. The purpose of ILP was to offer 4–6th grade teachers specific science content and pedagogical techniques intended to integrate inquiry-based instruction in elementary classrooms. Results indicate that teachers increased their science content knowledge, reported implementing inquiry practices in their classrooms and their students experienced modest gains on 5th grade standardized science achievement exams. While some teachers were transferring knowledge/skills gained in professional development to their classrooms, others encountered barriers to implementing PD.
Updated: Aug. 15, 2010
This research explored the impact upon pre-service teachers' orientations towards the arts of a performing arts week within a one-year postgraduate teacher education programme. Findings indicated that the performing arts week had helped to strengthen participants' self-image as artistic individuals who recognise the value of the arts in children's education.
Updated: Aug. 15, 2010
In this article, the authors investigate whether and how recent graduates of an elementary preservice teacher education program enacted social justice curricula. The authors highlight the stories of three beginning teachers. The authors discuss the struggles the teachers faced when enacting social justice curricula. Furthermore, the authors also discuss the tenuous connection they perceived between their conceptions and their practices. The authors conclude with recommendations for ways in which teacher educators can prepare beginning teachers for the uncertain journey of teaching for social justice.
Updated: Jul. 18, 2010
This study examined the relationship between learning style, level of resistance to change, and teacher retention in schools implementing an intensive schoolwide technology and media integration model. The participants were 237 elementary and middle school teachers from 11 low-income schools in North Carolina. Researchers found that teachers with sensing-thinking and sensing-feeling learning style preferences had higher levels of resistance to change. Teachers with the ST learning style were also three times more likely to leave their schools, compared to teachers with other learning style preferences.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2010
The purpose of this study was to investigate elementary teachers' attitudes toward the different subjects that they teach. The participants were 490 elementary school teachers from two rural school districts in the southeastern United States. Reading and language arts were consistently ranked among the favorite and most enjoyed subjects to teach, whereas science and writing were consistently ranked among the least favorite and least enjoyed subjects to teach. Implications for teacher preparation and policies related to elementary school teaching assignments are discussed.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2010