Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

From rhetoric to reality: Case studies of two fifth grade science teachers to inform reform
by Maynard, Kathie Jo, Ed.D., University of Cincinnati, 2013, 143; 3612803
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore two elementary teachers' implementation of engineering design over two academic years and to describe how their teaching practice changed over the two instructional cycles. This study used field notes and audio transcripts of the teachers during their engineering design teaching, written reflections, and a final interview to generate data that were analyzed for emerging themes and patterns. These data answered the following research questions: (a) How do two fifth grade science teachers implement an engineering design activity? (b) How do these same two fifth grade science teachers' instructional practices change as they implement the same engineering design activity for a second time the following academic year? And, (c) What factors do the teachers identify as to why their practice changed? The findings of this study concluded that with experience teachers made more explicit connections to science and engineering content and practices. Additionally, they more actively facilitated deeper questioning and troubleshooting. An additional finding was that teacher change is not an isolated event, but a system of interacting influences. The findings in this research study provide insight and implication for supporting teacher change in practice in K-12 educational reform efforts as we move to implement engineering and engineering design into the K-12 science curriculum.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Meyer, Helen
Commitee: Breiner, Jonathan M, Harkness, Marshalla
School: University of Cincinnati
Department: Curriculum & Instruction
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 75/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education, Science education
Keywords: Elementary teachers, Engineering design, Fifth grade science teachers, K-12 science, Teacher change
Publication Number: 3612803
ISBN: 9781303746956
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