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written by Noah S. Podolefsky and Katherine K. Perkins
Conventional wisdom is that teachers have a model of teaching that they enact in the classroom. We studied middle school science teachers and found that the conventional wisdom does not explain large variations in practices for the same teachers in different contexts. During a study of PhET simulations, we observed two teachers in their regular (non-sim) classes and then in after-school classes in which they used PhET sims and activities developed by the PhET group. These activities were designed to be student-centered and inquiry-based. We find that one teacher led student-centered, inquiry-based activity in their regular classes but, in the after-school classes, controlled the classroom so that the sim activities were teacher-centered. The other teacher led teacher-centered regular classes, while enacting the sim activities in student-centered ways. We observe that teachers' practices can be significantly different across contexts, suggesting a sophisticated view of teacher practice is needed.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 299-302
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Education - Basic Research
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PERC 2011, context, middle school, simulations, teacher practice
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N. Podolefsky and K. Perkins, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11694&DocID=2571).
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N. Podolefsky and K. Perkins, Context Dependence of Teacher Practices in Middle School Science, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11694&DocID=2571>.
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Podolefsky, N., & Perkins, K. (2011, August 3-4). Context Dependence of Teacher Practices in Middle School Science. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved October 22, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11694&DocID=2571
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Podolefsky, Noah S., and Katherine Perkins. "Context Dependence of Teacher Practices in Middle School Science." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11694&DocID=2571 (accessed 22 October 2014).
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Podolefsky, Noah S., and Katherine Perkins. "Context Dependence of Teacher Practices in Middle School Science." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 299-302 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 22 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11694&DocID=2571>.
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