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Effective Science Teachers’ Professional Development: A Multiple-Case Study Of District-Level Science Supervisors’ Perspectives, Chris J. Schaben 2011 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Effective Science Teachers’ Professional Development: A Multiple-Case Study Of District-Level Science Supervisors’ Perspectives, Chris J. Schaben

Public Access Theses and Dissertations from the College of Education and Human Sciences

At its heart, science teachers’ professional development is about continual growth and improvement (Yager, 2005). Conducting research to understand what constitutes effective professional development is inherently complex (Hewson, 2007). The imperative to link research on professional development to student achievement (Fishman, Marx, Best, & Tal, 2003) increases complexity of research on the topic. These complexities require multiple research approaches and indicate that all stakeholders could provide insights to identify what constitutes effective professional development. District-level science supervisors’ voices are missing from the data on effective science teachers’ professional development and this provides a potential gap in the literature (Banilower, Heck, & Weiss, 2007; Elmore & Burney, 1999; Shroyer, Miller, Hernandez, & Dunn, 2007).

The purpose of this multiple-case study was to gather information from six district-level science supervisors from six different school districts in six different states to gain a deeper understanding of their insights on what constitutes effective professional development. The empirical data examined in this study resulted from interviews, participant drawings, observations, and document review. The major finding was that the district-level science supervisors mostly confirmed what was known in the field. However, this finding could be used in a variety of ways to support future research; such as providing a potential data source to corroborate self-reported teacher survey data. The findings from this study also identified a few nuances to what is known about effective science teachers’ professional development research. Specifically, a finding suggests that researchers may need to reconceptualize the amount of time before which science teachers’ professional ...


Obituary: Jerry Ronald Choate, 1943-2009, Elmer J. Finck, Hugh H. Genoways, Justin D. Hoffman, Carleton J. Phillips, Robert J. Baker 2011 Fort Hays State University

Obituary: Jerry Ronald Choate, 1943-2009, Elmer J. Finck, Hugh H. Genoways, Justin D. Hoffman, Carleton J. Phillips, Robert J. Baker

Mammalogy Papers: University of Nebraska State Museum

Jerry Ronald Choate (1943–2009) had just retired as Director of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History and Professor of Biological Sciences, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, at the time of his death. Jerry served the American Society of Mammalogists in numerous capacities, including Recording Secretary, First Vice President, and most notably as a member and chair of the Board of Trustees.

The hallmark of Jerry’s life was to turn the ordinary into something magnificent. Whether it was his photography that changed an ordinary landscape into a magnificent masterpiece, or his convincing a reluctant graduate student that they ...


Editor's Notes And Front Matter, Suzanne Majhanovich 2011 The University of Western Ontario

Editor's Notes And Front Matter, Suzanne Majhanovich

Comparative and International Education / Éducation Comparée et Internationale

No abstract provided.


Book Reviews, 2011 Western University

Book Reviews

Comparative and International Education / Éducation Comparée et Internationale

No abstract provided.


Hiring And Recruitment As Rhetorical Strategies: An Analysis Of The Way Businesses Approach Graduating University Students And Influence Their Choices, Sean D. Gibson 2011 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Hiring And Recruitment As Rhetorical Strategies: An Analysis Of The Way Businesses Approach Graduating University Students And Influence Their Choices, Sean D. Gibson

Communication Studies

To answer the question, which rhetorical strategies are most persuasive to university graduates regarding hiring and recruitment, I surveyed three classrooms with a questionnaire that gauged university graduates attraction to three different types of rhetorical strategies. The rhetoric came from three major businesses that recruit university graduates: College Works Painting, Peace Corps, and Hewlett Packard.

Each one of these businesses uses a different type of strategy to recruit university graduates. College Works Painting uses an Experience Illusion strategy based on the premise that the company will help train university graduates to become managers and leaders in business. Peace Corps’ uses ...


Women's History Celebration 2012 Report Form, Women in the Curriculum 2011 The University of Maine

Women's History Celebration 2012 Report Form, Women In The Curriculum

Cultural Affairs Distinguished Lecture Series

The DLS grant of $¡OOO funded most of the expenses of the visit of the keynote speaker, Dr. Sonya Michel, Professor of History, University of Maryland, College Park. V/hile here she gave two presentations. She also met informally with faculty and graduate students. "When I'm Sixty-Four: Old Age Security for Women in Historical Perspective" Monday, March 19,3:15 - 4:30 pm, Bangor Room, Memorial Union. This was co-sponsored by the History Dept. and served as the March event of its monthly series of visiting lecturers. (This determined the day and time.) 'All in the Family? W'omen ...


Publishing Scholarly Writing From The Editor's Point Of View, University of Maine 2011 The University of Maine

Publishing Scholarly Writing From The Editor's Point Of View, University Of Maine

Cultural Affairs Distinguished Lecture Series

This program brings three distinguished editors of leading journals to campus to discuss the scholarly publishing process: Robert Wilson of Phi Beta Kappa's The American Scholar, Stephen Depoe of Environmental Communication, and R. Brooks Hanson of Science. Each will give a public lecture and Q&A session in the Stodder Hall Graduate Commons on the scholarly publishing process in (respectively) humanities, social science, and science. Although intended primarily for graduate students and faculty, these events will be free, open to the public, and widely advertised. CETA will assist in organizing and advertising. The events will take place at 4 ...


The New Writing Series, Spring 2012, English & National Poetry Foundation 2011 The University of Maine

The New Writing Series, Spring 2012, English & National Poetry Foundation

Cultural Affairs Distinguished Lecture Series

New Writing Series programming has always been guided the principles of innovation, collaboration, interdisciplinary, and diversity. From the start we have also worked hard to maximize the impact of real-time events within the rapidly-changing new media context. For example, the NWS blog has received more than 55,500 page views since its creation in fall2006 (up from 38,000 this time last year). Our Facebook group, created in the fall of 2007, has more than 140 members and reaches many more people with event and Series information. The Flickr page on which we document events has received roughly 44,700 ...


Girls Engineer Maine Seminar, College of Engineering 2011 The University of Maine

Girls Engineer Maine Seminar, College Of Engineering

Cultural Affairs Distinguished Lecture Series

The under-representation of women in engineering continues to be a cause of grave concern, particularly as international competitiveness focus attention on the need to increase native participation in the U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Engineering as a career is being promoted to girls through a new College of Engineering initiative called Girls Engineer Maine (GEM). GEM is an educational outreach program designed to increase the number of women studying engineering in Maine.


Dare To Excel: Online Safety, Kimberly A. Greder 2011 Iowa State University

Dare To Excel: Online Safety, Kimberly A. Greder

Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Publications

Take a look at online safety – the Internet can be a dangerous place for children. Includes tips to reduce a child’s risk of being victimized; signs a child might be at risk of an online predator; ways to set up controls on your computer; and ways to keep your child safe from cyber bullying.


Stress: Taking Charge—Common Stresses For Parents Of Teens, Kimberly A. Greder 2011 Iowa State University

Stress: Taking Charge—Common Stresses For Parents Of Teens, Kimberly A. Greder

Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Publications

Find ways to manage new conflicts and stressors that develop as the parent-child relationship changes during the teen years.


An Examination Of Variables Which Influence High School Students To Enroll In An Undergraduate Engineering Or Physical Science Major, Christopher Porter 2011 Clemson University

An Examination Of Variables Which Influence High School Students To Enroll In An Undergraduate Engineering Or Physical Science Major, Christopher Porter

All Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine the variables which influence a high school student to enroll in an engineering discipline versus a physical science discipline. Data was collected utilizing the High School Activities, Characteristics, and Influences Survey, which was administered to students who were freshmen in an engineering or physical science major at an institution in the Southeastern United States. A total of 413 students participated in the survey.
Collected data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, two-sample Wilcoxon tests, and binomial logistic regression techniques. A total of 29 variables were deemed significant between the general engineering and physical ...


Community College Faculty Job Satisfaction: A Network Approach, Bonnie Smith 2011 Clemson University

Community College Faculty Job Satisfaction: A Network Approach, Bonnie Smith

All Dissertations

This study addresses the question, 'how do network dynamics and leadership behavior influence community college faculty job satisfaction?' Using ORA's dynamic network analysis (DNA) tools, this study investigates how network interactions relate to faculty job satisfaction, how beliefs about leader-member exchange (LMX) relationships relate to network interactions, and how beliefs about LMX relationships relate to job satisfaction. A faculty network is analyzed as a whole, then clusters are identified and analyzed using standard network measurements and a belief propagation algorithms.
Results indicate that job satisfaction and perceptions of relationship with leaders are co-created within networks. Cluster which have high ...


An Examination Of Adaptive Leadership Processes Using Action Research, Margaret Bright 2011 Clemson University

An Examination Of Adaptive Leadership Processes Using Action Research, Margaret Bright

All Dissertations

School districts are knowledge producing organizations faced with adaptive challenges that require new learning, innovation, and new patterns of behavior. Traditional, entity-based models of leadership rely on the knowledge of only a handful of leaders at the top of the bureaucratic ladder and fail to tap collective creativity inherent at all levels of a school or district. The purpose of this study was to engage in action research to identify emergent, interactive dynamics that resulted in a creative solution to an adaptive special education problem of closing the achievement gap for students with disabilities in one geographical area of a ...


A Quantitative Study Of Learning In The School Cafeteria Using Educational Placemats, Keshia Lasha Gaines 2011 University of Southern Mississippi

A Quantitative Study Of Learning In The School Cafeteria Using Educational Placemats, Keshia Lasha Gaines

Dissertations

This study investigated if there was a difference in student achievement after participants were exposed to educational placemats in a school cafeteria for four days each (four different placemats). Also, the student’s gender and ability grouping was considered in relation to achievement. This study included 49 ability grouped third grade students in an elementary school in south Mississippi. Students were pre-tested with researcher-made math instruments before the educational placemats were introduced and post-tested afterwards. For research purposes, some placemats served as a control and did not relate to the pre-test and post-test content. Statistical measurements of the differences were ...


A Historical Perspective Of Testing And Assessment Including The Impact Of Summative And Formative Assessment On Student Achievement, Carole Sanger Brink 2011 University of Southern Mississippi

A Historical Perspective Of Testing And Assessment Including The Impact Of Summative And Formative Assessment On Student Achievement, Carole Sanger Brink

Dissertations

In 2007, Georgia developed a comprehensive framework to define what students need to know. One component of this framework emphasizes the use of both formative and summative assessments as part of an integral and specific component of the teachers' performance evaluation. Georgia administers the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) to every elementary student in Grades 1 though 8. Before 2008, the state tested eighth-grade students on a quality core curriculum. In 2008, the state began testing students on a Georgia Performance Standard curriculum. A direct comparison of the curriculum change should have contained items to test both curriculums. However, this was ...


The Relationship Between Teacher Collaboration And Student Achievement, Sandra Reid Ervin 2011 University of Southern Mississippi

The Relationship Between Teacher Collaboration And Student Achievement, Sandra Reid Ervin

Dissertations

NCLB mandates have placed a strong sense of responsibility on educators to ensure that all students are performing at their optimal academic levels. The collaboration of educators is needed as the accountability for student performances increases. At the school level, collaboration and a focus on instruction influence productivity, morale, teacher retention and ultimately, student achievement. The role of the administrators is to provide a collaborative culture where teachers are empowered to analyze and work together to solve problems. Administrators should provide time and space for the teachers to collaborate.

The purpose of this quantitative study was to ascertain the relationship ...


Enriching Science And Math Through Engineering, Adrienne Redmond, Julie Thomas, Karen High, Margaret Scott, Pat Jordan, Jean Dockers 2011 Oklahoma State University

Enriching Science And Math Through Engineering, Adrienne Redmond, Julie Thomas, Karen High, Margaret Scott, Pat Jordan, Jean Dockers

Faculty Publications: Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

This case study reviewed the collaborative efforts of university engineers, teacher educators, and middle school teachers to advance sixth- and seventh-grade students’ learning through a series of project-based engineering activities. This two-year project enriched regular school curricula by introducing real-world applications of science and mathematics concepts that expanded opportunities for creativity and problem-solving, introduced problem-based learning, and provided after-school programming (for girls only) led by engineering students from the local university. This engineering education initiative showed significant impact on students’ (1) confidence in science and mathematics; (2) effort toward science and mathematics; (3) awareness of engineering; and (4) interest in ...


Cultural Orientation And Drinking Behaviors Among Chinese University Students, Shiyuan Wang 2011 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Cultural Orientation And Drinking Behaviors Among Chinese University Students, Shiyuan Wang

Public Access Theses and Dissertations from the College of Education and Human Sciences

This study aimed to develop a cultural orientation instrument among Chinese university students and to investigate the relationship between cultural orientation and their drinking behaviors. Four research questions were raised regarding these two objectives. A sample of 1421 students from universities in Beijing, Kunming and Wuhan participated in this study. The final instrument included 67 items consisting of 10 factors that loaded on two second-order factors: Chinese and Western culture. Thus, four categories of cultural orientation (Traditional, Western, Bicultural and Marginal) emerged, confirming the applicability of Berry’s acculturation theory in cultural orientation. The result also indicated that traditional oriented ...


After The Final Bell: The Self-Directed Learning Practices Of Elementary Teachers, Susan Renee Wagner 2011 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

After The Final Bell: The Self-Directed Learning Practices Of Elementary Teachers, Susan Renee Wagner

Doctoral Dissertations

Are elementary teachers self-directed learners? If so, do their learning activities outside their classrooms translate into their classrooms? The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship, if any, between elementary teachers’ self-directed learning and activities in their classrooms. A two phase, mixed methods design first utilized a quantitative study from which the results were used to denote the type of data collected in the second, qualitative phase. The quantitative Phase I of this study involved using a survey instrument in order to identify self-directed learners and identify categories of teacher learners. These quantitative data were gathered through the ...


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