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Pedagogy, Implementation, and Professional Development for Teaching Science Literacy: How Students and Teachers Know and Learn

  • Lori Norton-MeierEmail author
  • Brian HandEmail author
  • Andy Cavagnetto
  • Recai Akkus
  • Murat Gunel
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As this young learner points out, researchers and scientists alike must plan carefully to ask good questions and then collect data in such a way to answer the research question. This is the focus of this chapter: to explore how the very methodology selected to investigate teacher practices and student learning helped to answer our broad, overarching research question: What is the impact on student learning when teachers are supported as learners during professional development and through the process of implementing an innovative approach to science and literacy?

Amelia, who is quoted above, was a participant in a 3-year research project conducted in a US Midwestern state that investigated teacher implementation of an innovative approach to integrating science and literacy called the Science Writing Heuristic (SWH, Hand & Keys, 1999). Teachers need help in implementing writing strategies within their classrooms that ultimately have an impact on helping students learn science. The No Child Left Behind legislation (NCLB, 2002) emphasized reading and mathematics to the exclusion of other subjects, particularly in the elementary grades. Therefore, there is a growing need for integrating language and science (Bybee, 1995; Hand & Prain, 2006; Saul, 2004).

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Professional Development Content Knowledge Implementation Level National Science Education Standard Individualize Education Program 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Curriculum & InstructionIowa State UniversityAmesUSA
  2. 2.School of EducationState University of New YorkBinghamtonUSA
  3. 3.College of EducationAbant Izzet Baysal UniversityBoluTurkey
  4. 4.Science EducationAtaturk UniversityErzurumTurkey

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