Teacher Professional Development and Pedagogy

Design, Engineering & Technology (DET) Survey

The Design, Engineering and Technology (DET) Survey was developed to assess K-12 teachers’ perceptions of engineering and their familiarity with teaching design, engineering and technology. The survey consists of 40 self-report items answered through a 4-point Likert scale (1=strongly disagree, 2=disagree, 3=agree, and 4 = strongly agree). The items measure four factors: importance of DET (19 items), familiarity with DET (8 items), stereotypical characteristics of engineers (7 items) and barriers in integrating DET (6 items).

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2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education: Science Teacher Questionnaire

2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education: Science Teacher Questionnaire solicits information regarding K-12 science teachers' opinions, their preparation, and their teacher practice.  The questionnaire was developed and administered to a nationally representative sample of science teachers as part of the 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education. All of the participating teachers answered a core set of items (about 25-30 minutes of survey time).

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Science Teachers’ Pedagogical Discontentment Scale

The Science Teachers' Pedagogical Discontentment Scale is an instrument that measures the discontentment that arises in teachers as they recognize a mismatch between their own pedagogical beliefs and goals and their actual classroom practices.  This instrument can be used to measure teachers’ pedagogical discontentment, an instrument that will allow science educators to better describe the affective states of teachers as they enter professional development experiences.

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School Observation Measure (SOM)

Structured observations have been conducted by researchers across the United States for several years using the Classroom Observation Measure, developed and validated by researchers at the Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP) (Ross et al, 1991). Overall observation items from that instrument were modified to create the School Observation Measure (SOM), which represents a summary of ten 15-minute observations conducted in a single day.

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Role Model Videos

Through these role model videos, professionals' real world views and application of math show high school students just how relevant math is to their futures.  Filmed on location, professionals tell students about how they use math in their careers and what math meant to them in high school. 

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Freedom Machines

The Freedom Machines film, discussion guide, lesson plan, and resource guides are designed to dramatically broaden the concept of diversity for all students through telling the intimate stories of adults and children with disabilities who are using modern technologies to change their lives.  

Original Freedom Machines website

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A Learner-Centered Design Method for Educational Technology

This paper aims to share EDC’s learnings from developing and implementing this method including addressing issues of trust between youth and adult team members, appropriately acknowledging youth contributions, balancing the roles of mentors and adult design partners, and making dynamic curriculum adjustments based on participants learning styles and skill levels.

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Motivating Youth Through Authentic, Meaningful and Purposeful Activities: An Examination Through the Lens of Transformative Activist Stance

An ongoing and at times seemingly intractable issue in science education and STEM fields is the underperformance and underrepresentation of marginalized youth. This is often attributed to disconnect between school in general, school science specifically and the cultures that youth enact and experience in their daily lives. Although research demonstrates that youth become engaged in STEM when it is relevant to their well-being and that of their community, the question of what motivates underrepresented youth to pursue STEM interests is still not fully understood.

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Induction Programs That Keep New Teachers Teaching and Improving

This article features schools and school districts with successful induction programs, all easily replicable. Increasingly, research confirms that teacher and teaching quality are the most powerful predictors of student success. In short, principals ensure higher student achievement by assuring better teaching.

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How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School

Originally released in the Spring of 1999, has been expanded to show how the theories and insights from the original book can translate into actions and practice, now making a real connection between classroom activities and learning behavior. This book includes far-reaching suggestions for research that could increase the impact that classroom teaching has on actual learning.

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