June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Pre-College Engineering Education Division
Professional Development for Materials Science-Focused High School Courses is a professional development program for high school teachers of physical science, chemistry, physics, and materials science elective courses. This program was developed by faculty at The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering, Department of Materials Science Engineering, and it has been in operation since 2012. Throughout the course of the program, teacher content knowledge and use of materials science demos and hands-on activities in the classroom have increased. Researchers also noticed a change in teachers’ instructional practices, which was at first documented anecdotally. In an effort to measure these changes, the research team began using the “Survey of Enacted Curriculum” in Year 4. This instrument is used to gather data on instructional practices and time spent on various topics within a course. Data was collected from returning and new participants at the beginning and end of the program. In Year 5 data was again collected from returning and new participants. The program now has sufficient data to quantify changes in participating teachers’ instructional practices. In this paper we will share the results of this data, and correlate it with teachers’ own reflections on their change in practice.
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