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Reflective Teacher Development in Primary Science - Peter Ovens

Reflective Teacher Development in Primary Science

Paperback Published: 23rd September 1999
ISBN: 9780750708623
Number Of Pages: 240

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Dominant theories about primary science contend that knowledge is the key. Ovens challenges this view, showing, through case studies, that inquiry and reflection play a significant part in the learning process. This applies to pupils, teachers and teacher educators. Taking curiosity as a pre-condition for good learning, Ovens shows that it is possible to increase the desire to learn more and to learn better, to improve confidence in the ability to inquire, to imbue pupils with the courage to seek improvement, to place trust in collaborative processes, to raise awareness of significant detail and to encourage open-mindedness.

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. 1
The Professional Contextp. 4
The Personal Contextp. 7
The Conceptual Contextp. 10
Stories of Teachers' Developmentp. 21
Introductionp. 21
Angelap. 23
Brendap. 31
Chrisp. 43
Kayp. 52
Lesleyp. 61
Stevep. 70
Individual Characteristics of Developmentp. 82
Looking Closer at Individualitiesp. 85
Extracts from my Observational Notes of the Sessionp. 85
Issues Raised by this Vignettep. 87
Improved Scientific Learning and Changes in Chris's Teachingp. 95
Kay and the 'White Powders' Episodep. 103
An Early Aspect of Lesley's Development: Seeing is Believingp. 110
Saying What you Mean and Meaning What you Sayp. 112
Towards a Better Understanding of Action Inquiryp. 114
Steve's Use of Zigzagging in his Action Researchp. 121
Steve's Use of a Diary for Reflective Learningp. 126
Summaryp. 128
Common Characteristics of Developmentp. 129
Introductionp. 129
Searching for Commonalitiesp. 130
Starting Points for Personal Professional Developmentp. 130
Early Stages of Personal Professional Developmentp. 133
The Impact of the Tutor's Visit to the Course Member's Classroomp. 138
Developments During the Later Stages of the Coursep. 140
The Concluding Stage of the Coursep. 148
Describing, Enabling and Assessing Developmentp. 150
My Personal Professional Developmentp. 150
Professional Autonomyp. 166
Implications for Course Designp. 187
Assessing Personal Professional Developmentp. 192
Development through Action Researchp. 206
Epistemological Considerationsp. 207
An Inquiry Model of Professional Developmentp. 208
Pedagogy and Course Design for Enabling Personal Professional Developmentp. 213
Assessmentp. 216
Conclusionp. 216
Referencesp. 220
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780750708623
ISBN-10: 075070862X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 23rd September 1999
Publisher: FALMER PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1