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Thompson, Stephen L.; Lotter, Christine; Fann, Xumei; Taylor, Laurie – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2016
Researchers examined how an inquiry-based instructional treatment emphasizing interrelated plant processes influenced 210 elementary pre-service teachers' (PTs) conceptions of three plant processes, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and transpiration, and the interrelated nature of these processes. The instructional treatment required PTs to…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Plants (Botany), Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science
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Lotter, Christine; Rushton, Gregory T.; Singer, Jonathan – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2013
The purpose of this study was to investigate high school teachers' beliefs about inquiry instruction and determine how their beliefs influenced their use of inquiry after a professional development program. Thirty-six high school science teachers participated in this study. The professional development program consisted of a 2-week summer…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Qualitative Research
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Rushton, Gregory T.; Lotter, Christine; Singer, Jonathan – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2011
This study investigates the beliefs and practices of seven high school chemistry teachers as a result of their participation in a year-long inquiry professional development (PD) project. An analysis of oral interviews, written reflections, and in-class observations were used to determine the extent to which the PD affected the teachers' beliefs…
Descriptors: Investigations, Chemistry, Science Teachers, Professional Development
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Singer, Jonathan; Lotter, Christine; Feller, Robert; Gates, Harry – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2011
A hallmark of current science education reform involves teaching through inquiry. However, the widespread use of inquiry-based instruction in many classrooms has not occurred (Roehrig and Luft in "Int J Sci Educ" 26:3-24, 2004; Schneider et al. in "J Res Sci Teach" 42:283-312, 2005). The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of a…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods
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Lotter, Christine; Singer, Jonathan; Godley, Jenice – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2009
This study describes the influence of a secondary science methods program on secondary science preservice teachers' views and enactment of nature of science and inquiry-based instructional practices. Built into the structure of this program were three cycles of practice teaching and reflection in which the preservice teachers focused on key…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Preservice Teachers, Middle Schools, High Schools
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Lotter, Christine; Harwood, William S.; Bonner, J. Jose – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2006
This paper examines the summer component of a year-long professional development program. The program was developed based on recent models of effective professional development that indicate that teachers should guide the direction and focus of the professional development program. Specific activities in the summer program were adapted from a…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Professional Development, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers