The development of elementary science teaching skills : as seen in the triangulation of stages of concern, teacher portfolios, and levels of use of the innovation interviews

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dc.contributor.advisor Johnson, Susan M. en_US Airey, Linda en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US 2011-06-03T19:22:21Z 2011-06-03T19:22:21Z 1995 en_US 1995
dc.identifier LD2489.Z64 1995 .A37 en_US
dc.description.abstract Qualitative and quantitative methods were used to document the three-year journey of 16 effective teachers in an elementary science, inservice project in order to gain understanding of factors which influence the development of investigative science teaching skills and commitment. The need for this study arises from the paucity of elementary teachers able to teach science in a fashion advocated by national science groups, and from the difficulty of bringing about lasting, widespread changes in science teaching. A triangulation was accomplished by examining Stages of Concern statements, teacher portfolios, and Levels of Use of the Innovation interviews.The findings underline the length of time and the intensity of involvement associated with full acceptance of investigative science teaching by this sample of teachers. There was a progression in Stages of Concern from self, to management of the science setting, to student effects, to helping other teachers.Analysis of "best selection" portfolios by trained raters, using analytic/holistic rubrics, showed that by the end of the second year the teachers were proficient in their ability to: guide students in the use of process skills to investigate concepts; conduct student assessments; design age-appropriate lessons; allow time for concept understanding; and, uncover, rather than "cover," topics. In spite of this proficiency, the teachers continued to have concerns about management and student achievement with each new unit.By the end of year two, teachers were still teaching some units exactly as presented in the workshop, but many teachers were also starting to make modifications which, for some, led to integration across disciplines. It was not until the end of the second year that 56 percent of the teachers expressed the need to share their expertise. And, it was not until the end of the third year that 43 percent of the teachers were most concerned about sharing with other teachers. Coincidentally, the Levels of Use of the Innovation interview at this time revealed that teachers were involved in a variety of strategies for helping colleagues improve their science teaching. The interviews also identified the solidification of social/professional relationships that evolved during the project. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Biology
dc.format.extent xi, 216 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Science -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- United States. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Teachers -- In-service training -- United States. en_US
dc.title The development of elementary science teaching skills : as seen in the triangulation of stages of concern, teacher portfolios, and levels of use of the innovation interviews en_US Thesis (D. Ed.) en_US
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