Integrated Science and Mathematics Professional Development Programs

Authors


  • Editors' Note: These programs have been supported through funding from the Ohio Board of Regents, Eisenhower Professional Development Programs 6-56 and 68-63, the National Science Foundation ESI-9596147, and Wright State University.

  • Beth Basista, Depts. of Physics and Teacher Education, Wright State University; Susann Mathews, Depts. of Mathematics and Teacher Education, Wright State University.

concerning this article should be addressed to Beth Basista, Depts. of Physics and Teacher Education, 259 Fawcett Hall, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435. Electronic mail may be sent via Internet to beth.basista@wright.edu

Abstract

Over the past 5 years, integrated science and mathematics professional development programs for grades 4-10 science and mathematics teachers have been designed and implemented at Wright State University. The primary goals of the programs were to enhance the science and mathematics content understanding and pedagogical knowledge of the participant teachers in order to increase teacher confidence and promote the implementation of standards-based teaching practices in precollege classrooms. In this article, the general program structure developed and implemented over the years is discussed. Focusing on the 1999 program, evidence is presented of enhanced participant content understanding and pedagogical preparation, and specific examples of modified teacher practices are discussed.

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