Exploring the tensions science teachers navigate as they enact their visions for science teaching: what their feedback can tell us

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Abstract

This paper reports on inservice science teachers’ collaborative feedback to each other on videos of their classroom teaching during debrief sessions. We aimed to understand how the teachers’ feedback reflected their vision for science education and how they collaboratively identified and discussed the misalignments between their vision and actual classroom practices. Ten videos of debrief sessions involving 17 K-12 science teachers participating in a teacher leadership professional development program were analysed. The feedback captured the teachers’ reflections as they collaboratively identified issues that were important to them and attempted to resolve them together. Our initial analysis of the data led us to frame our study within the literature on critical reflection, democratic practices, and student agency in science education. The teachers had a deep awareness of the need for democratic practices and shared power in their classrooms. Their feedback, however, revealed the tensions that arose as they discussed enactments of each of these tenets in the classroom. This study contributes to the literature on feedback given among inservice science teachers and proposes a professional development model that supports teachers’ professional learning in a social and democratic setting.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Science Education
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • democratic practices
  • Professional development
  • teacher feedback

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