Journal of Science Teacher Education

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 95–102 | Cite as

Accomplishing the Visions for Professional Development of Teachers Advocated in the National Science Education Standards

  • Robert E. Yager
Special Submission


The National Science Education Standards include suggested visions for changing staff development programs for preparing new teachers and working with inservice teachers. Analyzing the visions for the most successful programs precedes the identification of programs that best match the NSES visions. The National Science Teachers Association is publishing a new monograph that identifies 16 model programs that approach the visions while also providing actual evidence of the successes experienced. This manuscript is an attempt to provide a setting and a rationale for the national search and for informing science teacher educators in the features of the best programs nominated after a 4-year search. Instead of only describing science teacher education programs for new and inservice teachers, actual evidence establishing their validity is offered. Perhaps the examples will be more useful if the framework and procedures used in their selections are shared with Association for Science Teacher Education members.


Professional Development Education Program Teacher Education Model Program Science Teacher 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Bransford, J. D., Brown, A. L., & Cocking, R. R. (Eds.). (1999). How people learn: Brain, mind, experience, and school. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.Google Scholar
  2. Harms, N. C., & Yager, R. E. (Eds.). (1981). What research says to the science teacher (Vol. 3). Washington, DC: National Science Teachers Association.Google Scholar
  3. National Council for Teachers of Mathematics. (1989). Curriculum and evaluation standards for school mathematics. Reston, VA: Author.Google Scholar
  4. National Science Teachers Association. (2003). NSTA handbook. Arlington, VA: Author.Google Scholar
  5. National Research Council. (1996). National science education standards. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.Google Scholar
  6. Weiss, I. R. (2002). A national convocation on professional development for mathematics and science teachers, K–12. Chapel Hill, NC: Horizon Research.Google Scholar
  7. Wiggins, G., & McTighe, J. (1998). What is a matter of understanding: Understanding by Design. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.Google Scholar
  8. Yager, R. E. (Ed.). (in press). Exemplary professional development programs (NSTA Monograph Series). Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert E. Yager
    • 1
  1. 1.Science Education CenterUniversity of IowaIowa CityU.S.A.

Personalised recommendations