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Abstract Title: An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Short Science Workshops for K-12 Teachers*
Abstract: We compare the effectiveness of brief science workshops that we have conducted for K-12 teachers with the in depth Physics by Inquiry Programs also conducted at University of Cincinnati. A four-week 120-hour Physics by Inquiry course is held for teachers in grades 5-12 and a separate two-week 60-hour course for teachers in grades K-5. Both courses use Physics by Inquiry1 modules developed by Lillian McDermott and the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington.  Due to requests from local school districts, we have also offered short science workshops with durations of from one-half to five days in length. We compared pretest and posttest data for similar physics topics, which were covered using Physics by Inquiry materials, for both the short and longer programs. The gains in conceptual understanding were much greater for the teachers in the more in depth Physics by Inquiry programs.

* Supported by The Improving Teacher Quality Program administered by the Ohio Board of Regents.

1. Physics by Inquiry, L.C. McDermott and the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington, Wiley (1996).
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Robert J. Endorf
University of Cincinnati
Department of Physics
P.O. Box 210011
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0011
Phone: 513-556-0530
Fax: 513-556-3425
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kathleen M. Koenig, Wright State University