Using research based assessment tools in professional development in current electricity

Ji Shen, Patrick C. Gibbons, John F. Wiegers, Ann P. McMahon

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We present a practical way of adapting and using four research-based assessments for different purposes in an electricity and magnetism course for K-8 science teachers. The course is designed to accomplish conceptual change toward accepted scientific conceptions as well as introducing teachers to materials and activities appropriate for their classrooms. Our data support that using the research-based tests to identify alternative conceptions and discuss test results with teachers is a promising way to use the knowledge of alternative conceptions in professional development. We also identify some mismatches between the research of conceptual change and its use in programs of professional development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-459
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Science Teacher Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

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  • Education


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