The Results of an Era of Teacher Professional Development at McDonald Observatory

Finkelstein, Keely D. and Hemenway, Mary K. and Preston, Sandra and Wetzel, Marc and Meyer, Judith and Rood, Magdalena (2014) The Results of an Era of Teacher Professional Development at McDonald Observatory. In: Ensuring STEM Literacy: a National Conference on STEM Education and Public Outreach. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, pp. 369-373.

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Abstract

During the past decade, McDonald Observatory has been developing and refining its Teacher Professional Development Workshops, many of which have been supported by NASA. Metrics include attendance, perceived knowledge gain, and readiness to apply what was learned in the classroom. Evaluations show impact through the classroom application at five to six months after the workshops and through consistently high positive workshop results. This paper will show that a) our Teacher Professional Development Workshops are consistently well attended, b) the workshops improve teachers’ confidence and their understanding of concepts, c) teachers enjoy unique interactions with astronomers and engineers, d) teachers appreciate hands-on and inquiry-based activities that are modeled and tied to state and national standards, and e) many teachers experience using the activities in their classrooms with good results.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 06:19
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:26
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1362

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