Rock-Solid Support: Florida District Weighs Effectiveness Of Science Professional Learning


Shear, L. & Penuel, W.R. (2010). Rock-solid support: Florida district weighs effectiveness of science professional learning. Journal of Staff Development 31 (5), 48-51.


The best science teachers are not only experts in teaching and knowledgeable about science content, but they are also great at teaching science. They have specialized teaching knowledge, including knowledge of effective pedagogical practices in science, student difficulties with understanding content, and curricular purposes (Ball & Bass, 2000; Hill, Rowan, & Ball, 2005). As a result, professional
development that is both content-specific and anchored in what teachers must do in the classroom is becoming the norm for helping teachers improve their science instruction.

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