Inquiry-oriented instruction in science: who teaches that way?

Smith, Thomas M., Desimone, Laura M., Zeidner, Timothy L., Dunn, Alfred C., Bhatt, Monica and Rumyantseva, Nataliya L. (2007) Inquiry-oriented instruction in science: who teaches that way? Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 29, (1), 169-199. (doi:10.3102/0162373707306025).


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The expansion of the No Child Left Behind Act to include science standards and assessments is likely
to refocus states’ attention on science teaching and learning. Requiring teachers to have subject
majors and greater funding of professional development are two key policy levers for improving instruction in science. There has been relatively little work examining the characteristics of teachers who are most likely to initiate inquiry-oriented instruction in science classrooms. Using a nationally representative sample of the teachers of eighth grade science students, the authors found
relatively strong associations between reform-oriented practice and the majors and degrees that teachers earned as part of their formal schooling, as well as their current levels of participation in
content-oriented professional development activities.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.3102/0162373707306025
ISSNs: 0162-3737 (print)
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Keywords: science teaching, professional development, teacher quality
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
L Education > LD Individual institutions (United States)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 65913
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Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:51

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