DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF THE PRACTICAL ON-SITE COOPERATION MODEL (POCoM) FOR IMPROVING SCIENCE TEACHING IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

TitleDEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF THE PRACTICAL ON-SITE COOPERATION MODEL (POCoM) FOR IMPROVING SCIENCE TEACHING IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsPark, J, Kim, Y, Park, Y-S, Park, J, Jeong, J-S
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume14
Issue1
Start Page45-63
PaginationContinuous
Date PublishedFebruary/2015
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Other NumbersICID: 1143028
Keywordscooperative model, in-service teacher, observational protocol, professional development, science teaching
Abstract

This study aimed to improve science teaching in a practical way by activating teachers’ potential teaching expertise or professional knowledge. We developed an alternative in-service approach, the Practical On-site Cooperation Model (POCoM), according to the following principles: (1) the “bottom-up” approach, where observed problems in science classes are improved practically and immediately without any pre-determined teaching plan or materials; (2) “cooperation” between researchers and teachers to improve teaching; (3) “naturalistic settings” where various real problems occur in actual teaching and learning situations; and (4) “gradual improvement” rather than revolutionary change. The POCoM was applied with three science teachers, and 24 classes were observed. We found about 65%–96% teaching improvement. The analysis of the cooperation processes and science teaching in classrooms identified seven types of successful improvements and five types of unsatisfactory cases, including their reasons and features.

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Refereed DesignationRefereed
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