Type of Document Thesis Author Morales, Omar Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-06302005-014108 Title Becoming A More Effective Science Teacher Degree Master of Science Department Middle and Secondary Education, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Alejandro Gallard Committee Chair Nancy Davis Committee Member Penny J. Gilmer Committee Member Keywords
- Effective Teaching
Date of Defense 2005-03-26 Availability unrestricted AbstractABSTRACT
The purpose of this study is to determine this teacherís progress towards effectiveness in teaching. Three different perspectives are used to establish whether there has been a change towards teaching effectiveness. The first perspective will be my own by using autoethnography and analyzing it for my beliefs/perceptions of teaching modeled for me by teachers of my past as well as my beliefs now as I teach. The second perspective will be that of my eighth grade studentsí ideas and beliefs about effective science teaching through surveys, questionnaires, and one-on-one interviews. The final perspective will be that of policymakers, especially those responsible for the National Board for Professional Teaching Skills and the National Science Education Standards. Included in this perspective will be those of educational researchers and the assertions that they make about effective teaching. From these three perspectives, the conclusion is found. Effective teaching consists of the qualities of: care, commitment, creativity, competence, and confidence. According to these qualities, I can then say that I am becoming more effective as a teacher.
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