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Mataka, Lloyd M.; Saderholm, Jon C.; Hodge, Tracy – Science Education International, 2019
This study explored the epistemological beliefs of the science faculty at a small liberal arts college in the Southern United States and investigated the effect of a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) professional development (PD). The teacher beliefs interviews (Luft and Roehrig, 2007) were used to investigate epistemological beliefs of faculty…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Epistemology
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Qureshi, Azhar M.; Demir, Kadir – Science Education International, 2019
Pakistan, like many other countries of the world, has continually been criticized for its unproductive professional development (PD) policies and practices for teachers due to low student achievement in science disciplines. A good portion of science teachers (62%) in Pakistan was found to be uncomfortable in teaching the scientific concepts…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Teacher Competencies
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Richman, Laila J.; Haines, Sarah; Fello, Shannon – Science Education International, 2019
The purpose of this study was to examine the design, implementation, and initial outcomes of a collaborative professional development program intended to prepare middle and high school educators to implement effectively the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in classrooms with diverse learners. The professional development program discussed…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers, Science Teachers
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Irez, Serhat; Han-Tosunoglu, Cigdem; Dogan, Nihal; Cakmakci, Gultekin; Yalaki, Yalcin; Erdas-Kartal, Eda – Science Education International, 2018
Many scholars and science curricula from around the world describe socioscientific issues (SSIs) as meaningful contexts for teaching about the nature of science (NOS). These calls are guided by the assumption that science teachers are able to identify relevant aspects of the NOS in a given SSI and to decide how to utilize these for NOS…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Science Instruction
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McGinnis, J. Randy; McDonald, Chris; Hestness, Emily; Breslyn, Wayne – Science Education International, 2016
This exploratory study investigates what science educators from differing groups (outside of higher education--informal and formal (K-12) and inside of higher education--content and pedagogy experts) believe are the roles and responsibilities (and what actions these might involve) in climate change education for: 1) their group of educators, and…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teacher Role, Teacher Responsibility, Climate
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Maharaj-Sharma, R.; Sharma, A. – Science Education International, 2015
This study was undertaken to examine and interpret how science teachers in Trinidad and Tobago used analogies in their science teaching. A total of 30 lessons taught by five different teachers were observed and analysed using an interpretative research methodology to develop generalized observations. The findings revealed that in general science…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Observation, Interviews, Science Instruction
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Holbrook, J.; Rannikmae, M.; Valdmann, A. – Science Education International, 2014
This paper identifies an "education through science" philosophy for school science teaching at the secondary level and determines its interrelationship with approaches to student acquisition of key educational competences and the identification of teacher needs to promote meaningful learning during science lessons. Based on the…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Science
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Sormunen, K.; Keinonen, T.; Holbrook, J. – Science Education International, 2014
The core idea of the PROFILES project is to support science teachers' continuous professional development. The instructional innovation of the PROFILES is the so called Three Stage Model (TSM) which aims to arouse students' intrinsic motivation, to offer a meaningful inquiry-based learning environment and to use the science learning in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Professional Continuing Education
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Kyza, E. A.; Georgiou, Y. – Science Education International, 2014
Teacher ownership is crucial for the sustainability of science education reform efforts. This paper discusses participatory design as a bottom-up approach for promoting teachers' sense of ownership of inquiry-based learning and teaching approach as put forward by the PROFILES project. According to the prevalent argument in favor of participatory…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teacher Participation, Teacher Attitudes, Participative Decision Making
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Zion, Michal; Mendelovici, Ruthy – Science Education International, 2012
The article provides science educators with definitions of inquiry and its levels, relating them to real-world scientific processes. Such an educational shift entails a fundamental cultural change in the epistemology of science learning in schools, shifting it from "instructionism" to social constructivist learning. The highest level of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inquiry, Active Learning, Science Instruction