CSI: Creating student (and teacher) investigators: Using popular culture in professional development.
Karen L. Yanowitz, Akansas State University, United States ; Tanja McKay, C. Ann Ross, Staria S. Vanderpool, Arkansas State University, United States
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 18, Number 2, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
Abstract The goal of this article is to present a description of a professional development program designed to immerse middle and high school teachers in an inquiry-based learning environment using a forensic science context and the consequent impact participating in this program had on teachers’ pedagogy. Teachers participated in a year-long program consisting of two summer institutes and one programming during the academic year. Teachers spent the first week of each summer institute exploring various science domains using a forensic science context. Week 2 was spent with approximately 100 seventh – twelfth grade students, pedagogy, and teachers taught these students the material they had learned in the prior week, with the support of grant personnel. Academic year activities included two on-campus follow-up meetings. Results revealed teachers were enthusiastic about reform-based pedagogy learned in the institute. Furthermore, many teachers implemented forensic science activities with their own classes during the academic year, using principles covered in the institute. Teachers believed the institute supported their pedagogical changes and acted as change-agents in their schools.
Yanowitz, K.L., McKay, T., Ross, C.A. & Vanderpool, S.S. (2010). CSI: Creating student (and teacher) investigators: Using popular culture in professional development. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 18(2), 265-286. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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