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Sandholtz, Judith Haymore; Ringstaff, Cathy – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2014
This longitudinal study examined the extent to which teachers' participation in a 3-year professional development program enhanced their self-efficacy and prompted changes in science instruction in the early elementary grades. The study used a mixed-methods design, and included 39 teachers who taught in kindergarten, first grade, or second…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Faculty Development, Self Efficacy, Teacher Effectiveness
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Shanahan, Therese; Shea, Lauren M. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2012
English learners are faced with the dual challenge of acquiring English while learning academic content through the medium of the new language (Lee et al. in "J Res Sci Teach" 45(6):726-747, 2008; Stoddart et al. in "J Res Sci Teach" 39(8):664-687, 2002) and therefore need specific accommodations to achieve in both English and the content areas.…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Learning Strategies, Second Language Learning, Professional Development
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Sandholtz, Judith Haymore; Ringstaff, Cathy – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2011
This study investigated the extent to which teacher professional development led to changes in science instruction in K-2 classrooms in rural school districts. The research specifically examined changes in (a) teachers' content knowledge in science; (b) teachers' self-efficacy related to teaching science; (c) classroom instructional time allotted…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Faculty Development, Rural Schools