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Engineering-oriented professional development for secondary level teachers: A multiple case study analysis
by Daugherty, Jenny Lynn, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008, 200; 3347572
Abstract (Summary)

This study consisted of multiple case studies of selected professional development programs designed to prepare secondary teachers to deliver engineering-oriented education. The focus was on understanding the professional development design, fundamental content knowledge, essential pedagogies, unique challenges, and effective practices involved in this type of professional development. This was achieved by interviewing the leadership, instructors, and participating teachers; observing the in-person workshops; administering a survey to the teachers; and analyzing the project's documentation. Five professional development programs were examined, including: Engineering the Future, Project Lead the Way, Mathematics Across the Middle School MST Curriculum, The Infinity Project, and INSPIRES . The findings from the individual case studies were compared and summarized across the four research questions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Johnson, Scott D.
School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 70/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Teacher education, Secondary education, Vocational education
Keywords: Engineering education, Inservice, Inservice teacher education, Professional development, Secondary teachers
Publication Number: 3347572
ISBN: 978-1-109-02790-7
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