Science Conference Presenters' Images of Inquiry
Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
Inquiry-focused professional development and conceptions of inquiry held by eight professional development leaders were investigated within the context of a state science teacher conference. The prominent session format involved session leaders modeling classroom experiences. In all sessions, classroom inquiry was portrayed as a teacher-guided activity with the primary goal being to increase motivation for engaging students in classroom inquiry. The leaders' conceptualized inquiry primarily as a teaching approach with various goals, characteristics, and potential barriers. The findings of this study provide evidence of how inquiry, a prominent feature of science education reform, was portrayed in sessions at a conference sponsored by a state affiliate of the National Science Teachers Association and thought about by persons who led these sessions. The findings have implications for teacher learning from conference-based professional development and its potential influence on science teacher thinking and practice.
School Science and Mathematics
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Koballa, Thomas R., Michael J. Dias, and Jennifer Lance Atkinson. "Science Conference Presenters' Images of Inquiry." School Science and Mathematics 109.7 (2009) 403-414.