Generating a desired state for master's degree programs in science education through grounded theory research


  • Barbara S. Spector

    1. Florida International University, North Miami, Florida 33181
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    • The author thanks Margaret B. Heimbuch for her assistance in this project.


This is the report of a two-year study using qualitative research methods to assess the training needs of science teachers in southern Florida. The respondents included individuals and groups comprising the educational enterprise and those outside the enterprise with the ability to influence policy in science education and implementation of that policy in Florida. The study resulted in recommendations describing the desired state for graduate training leading to a master's degree in science education and has implications for noncredit inservice activities.