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An in-depth study of a teacher engaged in an innovative primary science trial professional development project

Watters, James J. & Ginns, Ian S. (1996) An in-depth study of a teacher engaged in an innovative primary science trial professional development project. Research in Science Education, 27(1), pp. 51-69.

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Abstract

The implementation of effective science programmes in primary schools is of continuing interest and concern for professional developers. As part of the Australian Academy of Science's approach to creating an awareness of Primary Investigations, a project team trialled a series of satellite television broadcasts of lessons related to two units of the curriculum for Year 3 and 4 children in 48 participating schools. The professional development project entitled Simply Science, included a focused component for the respective classroom teachers, which was also conducted by satellite. This paper reports the involvement of a Year 4 teacher in the project and describes her professional growth. Already an experienced and confident teacher, no quantitative changes in science teaching self efficacy were detected. However, her pedagogical content knowledge and confidence to teach science in the concept areas of matter and energy were enhanced. Changes in the teacher's views about the co-operative learning strategies espoused by Primary Investigations were also evident. Implications for the design of professional development programmes for primary science teachers are discussed.

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ID Code: 27668
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Concerns Based Adoption Model CBAM , Multimedia in education, Science Education, Primary Investigations, Television Broadcasts in Science, Science Teaching Self Efficacy STEBI, Co-perative learning
DOI: 10.1007/BF02463032
ISSN: 0157-244X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1996 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Deposited On: 01 Oct 2009 10:15
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:09

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