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Tobin, Kenneth – Research in Science Education, 2002
Early science educators need a gradual introduction to peer review activities. Employs cultural sociology and activity theory to identify patterns of coherence and coexisting contradictions that create tensions to catalyze improvements in science education. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Educational Change, Evaluative Thinking, Higher Education
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Tobin, Kenneth; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Research in Science Education, 2002
Consists of a metalogue between two authors in which critical issues associated with peer review are identified. Highlights theory and practices that are salient to the continued improvement of science education. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Educational Change, Evaluative Thinking, Higher Education
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Tobin, Kenneth – Research in Science Education, 2000
Describes the author's difficulties in teaching students who were ethnically, culturally, and socially different from himself. Emphasizes the significance of connecting the enacted curriculum to the interests and extant knowledge of students. Suggests some implications for teaching science, enacting and appropriating science curricula, and…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Elementary Secondary Education, Epistemology, Personal Narratives
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Tobin, Kenneth – Research in Science Education, 1999
Introduces a special issue that focuses on teachers and other practitioners undertaking research on their professional praxis. Discusses some experiences as a teacher-researcher, outlines the studies presented in the special issue, and considers questions of voice in the presentation of teacher-researcher studies. Contains 25 references. (WRM)
Descriptors: Action Research, Classroom Research, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education
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Tobin, Kenneth; Seiler, Gale; Walls, Edward – Research in Science Education, 1999
Examines the difficulties of engaging students who lack motivation to learn and attend sporadically in an urban high school science class. Contains 17 references. (Author/WRM)
Descriptors: Attendance, Classroom Research, High Schools, Learning Motivation
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Tobin, Kenneth; And Others – Research in Science Education, 1995
Presents the case study of a university-level instructor teaching a course in physical science to prospective elementary and early childhood teachers. Concludes that the beliefs of the instructor constrained the enacted curriculum to an extent that gaps between the needs of students and the enacted curriculum were wider at the end of the course.…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies, Elementary School Teachers
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Lorsbach, Anthony; Tobin, Kenneth – Research in Science Education, 1995
Learning environment research should take into account postpositivist ways of thinking to assist students and teachers to construct a more emancipatory learning environment. A critical perspective could lead to research playing a larger role in the transformation of science classroom learning environments. Presented a case study of a middle school…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Critical Theory, Educational Environment, Interviews
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Tobin, Kenneth; Seiler, Gale; Smith, Mackenzie W. – Research in Science Education, 1999
Advocates co-teaching as an essential component of teacher education programs. Describes the co-teaching efforts of a university professor, doctoral student, and student-teacher as they taught science to African-American students placed in a low-track program of study in an urban high school. Presents theoretical frameworks associated with…
Descriptors: Action Research, Black Students, Classroom Research, Higher Education