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Title:In search of three-dimensional learning: using self-study to change a secondary biology teacher’s practice
Author(s):Henigman, Darin Scott
Director of Research:Brown, David
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Brown, David
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Cooke, Richard; Hug, Barbara; Sosnoff, Jacob J.
Department / Program:Curriculum and Instruction
Discipline:Curriculum and Instruction
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Project NEURON
Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric
Abstract:The purpose of this research project was to provide a model for traditional teachers who want to change their practice using self-study research when professional development is unavailable. Issues and tensions that arise when transitioning from a traditionally taught secondary biology unit to a unit that is more in alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are explored. Data collection included using field notes, critical friend’s conversations and feedback, video and audio recordings, Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) rubric unit evaluations, self-study personal history and class portrait, concept maps, tag clouds, and student work. Data analysis compared the changes in practice that occurred between the enactment of a traditionally taught secondary biology unit, and an instructional unit developed by Project NEURON at the University of Illinois. Changes in teacher understanding of the NGSS, classroom dynamics, curricular alignment with the NGSS, and three-dimensional learning are discussed. The self-study concludes that teacher change can occur using in-depth, critical reflections on practice. Traditional teachers who want to transition to the NGSS and three-dimensional instruction can benefit from the findings of this study. Tensions and issues surrounding science education reforms can give valuable insights to science educators in anticipation of the transition to the NGSS.
Issue Date:2017-04-14
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Darin Henigman
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-08-10
Date Deposited:2017-05

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