Session S13 (Sunday, 2pm, Thomas 201)

P77: Toward high school biology: Teacher support and professional development

Rebecca Kruse (Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, USA), Janet Carlson (Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, USA), Jean Flanagan (American Association for the Advancement of Science, USA), Cari Herrmann Abell (American Association for the Advancement of Science, USA), Elaine Howes (Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, USA), Jo Ellen Roseman (American Association for the Advancement of Science, USA), Kathleen Roth (Biological Science Curriculum Study, USA)

We will describe the design of teacher support materials and professional development to educate and support teachers. In the context of face-to-face and online collaborative analysis of videocases of teaching and learning with the curriculum unit, teachers learn about science content, student ideas, and strategies for teaching the content and curriculum effectively. There is abundant evidence that many middle school teachers lack adequate science preparation, but even teachers with excellent science content knowledge often lack pedagogical skills necessary to effectively use research-based curricular materials. Thus, we consider teacher support materials and professional development to be a critical component of this intervention.

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