The impact of summer research experience for science teachers on classroom instruction

T. Sen, D. R. Baker, Robert Culbertson

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Abstract

More than 100 science and mathematics teachers have participated in the ASU Math and Science Teaching Fellows program for summers in 2007-2010 at Arizona State University. The goal of the program was to expose the teachers to the real world of science and help them transfer the experience into the classroom. The teachers spend the mornings in small groups in assigned research laboratories and afternoons in whole group interactive sessions. During the afternoon sessions the teachers worked on a poster presentation and a classroom unit integrating the research experience. The present study focuses on the impact of the research experiences on the teachers' classrooms and the differences between a larger and longer program (37 teachers for 5 weeks in 2009) and a smaller and shorter program (8 teachers for 4 weeks in 2010). The lesson plans were coded based on a rubric. The posters were coded using qualitative analysis software. The scores on the lesson plans and the frequency of codes on transfer to classroom were higher in 2010 compared to those in 2009. The results indicate that the research experience program had a better impact on transfer to school curriculum with a smaller cohort of teachers. This implies that future research experience programs should be designed for smaller groups of teachers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
Pages7-12
Number of pages6
Volume1364
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Event2011 MRS Spring Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 25 2011Apr 29 2011

Other

Other2011 MRS Spring Meeting
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period4/25/114/29/11

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials

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Sen, T., Baker, D. R., & Culbertson, R. (2011). The impact of summer research experience for science teachers on classroom instruction. In Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings (Vol. 1364, pp. 7-12) https://doi.org/10.1557/opl.2011.1175

The impact of summer research experience for science teachers on classroom instruction. / Sen, T.; Baker, D. R.; Culbertson, Robert.

Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings. Vol. 1364 2011. p. 7-12.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Sen, T, Baker, DR & Culbertson, R 2011, The impact of summer research experience for science teachers on classroom instruction. in Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings. vol. 1364, pp. 7-12, 2011 MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, United States, 4/25/11. https://doi.org/10.1557/opl.2011.1175
Sen T, Baker DR, Culbertson R. The impact of summer research experience for science teachers on classroom instruction. In Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings. Vol. 1364. 2011. p. 7-12 https://doi.org/10.1557/opl.2011.1175
Sen, T. ; Baker, D. R. ; Culbertson, Robert. / The impact of summer research experience for science teachers on classroom instruction. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings. Vol. 1364 2011. pp. 7-12
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