What is it about?
Current science education reform initiatives require fundamental changes in how biology is taught and in how teachers are supported to engage in alternative ways of science teaching. One current approach is the incorporation of inquiry based science education (IBSE) into the everyday school science curriculum. To help make this change happen, teachers need opportunities to participate in a variety of professional development experiences that foster an understanding of science and inquiry based science teaching. Research has also shown that learning that includes activities based outside the classroom is highly motivating, not only for children but also for teachers.
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Why is it important?
The paper emphasises the following: (1) The importance of a CPD program design for presenting IBSE to biology teachers; (2) The use of both formal and informal contexts in CPD program; (3) The approach used within the CPD was important to solve teaching misconceptions about IBSE and to understand how to approach biodiversity and climate change in scholar context. (4) The possibility the teachers had, at the end of the program, to experience, evaluate and reflect on their own practice.
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This page is a summary of: Inquiry-based science learning in the context of a continuing professional development programme for biology teachers, Journal of Biological Education, April 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/00219266.2019.1609566.
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