Literacy Skills and Science Learning

The ability to do science and engage in literacy practices – listening, talking, reading, and writing either individually or in combinations – is important for science learning and for developing scientific literacy. Scientists examine phenomena, propose

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Researching Practitioner Inquiry as Professional Development Voices from the Field of Science Teaching

Researching Practitioner Inquiry as Professional Development

Rose M. Pringle

Researching Practitioner Inquiry as Professional Development Voices from the Field of Science Teaching

Rose M. Pringle College of Education, School of Teaching and Learning University of Florida Gainesville, FL, USA

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This book is dedicated to George, George Junior, and Johanna as well as Renee and Mark. Keegan and Kaila, may you always have the best teachers!


There are numerous texts on the market that describe the process and procedures for conducting practitioner or teacher inquiry. There are also many texts on professional development (PD) in general that have, as the primary goal, the promotion of teachers’ learning and improved pedagogical practices. This book, Researching Practitioner Inquiry as Professional Development: Voices from the Field of Science Teaching, strategically presents the authentic voices of middle school science teachers validating the use of teacher inquiry in facilitating their learning and in shaping their classroom practices. Practitioner or teacher inquiry is teachers’ intentional involvement as researchers steeped in the systematic study of their own teaching practices. The impetus for making inquiries into their own practices emerges from a place of concern for students’ learning and the teachers’ desire to make the necessary pedagogical adjustments. This book is about middle school s