Fostering teacher development to a tetrahedral orientation in the teaching of chemistry

Lewthwaite, Brian, and Wiebe, Rick (2011) Fostering teacher development to a tetrahedral orientation in the teaching of chemistry. Research in Science Education, 41 (5). pp. 667-689.

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This paper reports on the initial outcomes from the end of the fourth year of a 5 year research and professional development project to improve chemistry teaching among three cohorts of chemistry teachers in Manitoba, Canada. The project responds to a new curriculum introduction advocating a tetrahedral orientation (Mahaffy, Journal of Chemical Education 83(1), 49–55, 2006) to the teaching of chemistry. The project in its entirety is based upon several theoretical models in fostering chemistry teacher development (in particular Bronfenbrenner's bio-ecological model). These models are described, as is the progress made by teachers based upon the use of a Chemistry Teacher Inventory and associated teacher responses. Overall, statistical analysis of perceptions of their own teaching and comments made by teachers suggests they are showing limited development towards a tetrahedral orientation, albeit in a manner consistent with the curriculum. Ongoing research-based activities in this project are also described.

Item ID: 34525
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-1898
Keywords: chemistry tetrahedral orientation, Bronfenbrenner's bio-ecological model, professional development
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2014 05:30
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 100%
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