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Self-Studies of Science Teacher Education Practices

Bullock, Shawn M., Russell, Tom (Eds.)

2012, X, 206 p.

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  • Demonstrates the use of self-study methodology in the context of science education
  • Focuses on the professional learning of science teacher educators
  • Presents international perspectives with authors from five countries

Part of a vital Springer series on self-study practices in teaching and teacher education, this collection offers a range of contributions to the topic that embody the reflections of science teacher educators who have applied self-study methodology to their own professional development. The material recognizes the paradox that lies between classroom science and the education of science teachers: the disciplines of science are often perceived as a quest for right answers, an unintentional by-product of the classroom focus on right answers in student assessment in science. In contrast, the profession of teaching has few right answers and frequently involves the management of conflicting tensions. A dilemma thus arises in science teacher education of how to shift perspectives among student teachers from reductionist to more inclusive attitudes that are open to the mercurial realities of teaching. 

The self-studies presented here are unique, fresh and stimulating. They include the input of a beginning science teacher as well as science teacher educators from a range of backgrounds and varying levels of experience. In addition, the volume presents a truly international perspective on the issues, with authors hailing from five countries. Providing analysis at the leading edge of education theory, this collection will make fascinating reading for those teaching science—as well as those teaching science teachers.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » learning to teach - science education - science teacher education - science teaching - self-study - self-study community - teacher education

Related subjects » Learning & Instruction - Science Education

Table of contents 

Exploring the Intersections of Self-Study, Science Teaching, and Science Teacher Education, Shawn Michael Bullock.- A Collaborative Self-Study of a Physics Teacher’s First Two Years of Teaching, Liam Brown, Tom Russell.- The Transformation from Expert Science Teacher to Science Teacher Educator, Dawn Garbett.- Bridging the Gap between a Science Laboratory Past and a Science Teacher Educator Present: Re-thinking the Doctoral Program in Science Education, Alexandra O. Santau.- Articulating our Values to Develop our Pedagogy of Science Teacher Education, Stephen Keast, Rebecca Cooper.- Using Self-Study to Develop a Pedagogy of Elementary Teacher Education: Addressing the Specialist-Generalist Issue, Tim Fletcher.- Learning to Teach Physics Teachers: Developing a Distinct Pedagogy of Teacher Education, Shawn Michael Bullock.- Developing and Assessing Professional Knowledge as a Science Teacher Educator: Learning about Teaching from Student Teachers, Pernilla Nilsson, John Loughran.- Following a Student into her Science Classroom to Better Understand the Tensions of Science Education, Deborah Trumbull.- Helping Preservice Science Teachers Analyze their Practices as We Study our Own, Patricia Morrell, Adele Schepige.- Developing a Model for a Self-study Professional Learning Community, Garry Hoban et al.- Science Teacher Education, Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices, and the Reflective Turn, Tom Russell.

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