Title

A Study of the Effect of Sustained, Whole-School Professional Development on Student Achievement in Science

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Research in Science Teaching

Volume

44

Issue

6

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Publication Date

2007

First Page

775

Last Page

786

DOI

10.1002/tea.20149

Abstract

This longitudinal study of middle school science teachers explored the relationship, if any, between teacher participation in whole-school, sustained, collaborative professional development and student achievement in science. Eleven teachers from Glendale Middle School participated in the Discovery Model Schools Initiative 2-week summer institute, followed by monthly release day professional development sessions focused on implementing instruction outlined in the National Science Education Standards. Student achievement was assessed using the Discovery Inquiry Test in Science. The same students completed the test in grades 6–8. Students of teachers at Glendale Middle School significantly outperformed students at the control school. Findings in this study revealed the positive impact that whole-school, sustained, collaborative professional development programs have on student achievement, indicating that programs of this nature could be a means to narrowing or eliminating achievement gaps in science.

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