A meta-analysis of research on science teacher education practices associated with inquiry strategy

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A meta-analysis was conducted of studies of teacher education having as measured outcomes one or more variables associated with inquiry teaching. Inquiry addresses those teacher behaviors that facilitate student acquisition of concepts and processes through strategies such as problem solving, uses of evidence, logical and analytical reasoning, clarification of values, and decision making. Studies which contained sufficient data for the calculation of an effect size were coded for 114 variables. These variables were divided into the following six major categories: study information and design characteristics, teacher and teacher trainee characteristics, student characteristics, treatment description, outcome description, and effect size calculation. A total of 68 studies resulting in 177 effect size calculations were coded. Mean effect sizes broken across selected variables were calculated.

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