Impact of Effective Teachers’ Training on Delivery of Practical in School Science Teaching: Improvement of Teachers’ Skills and Students’ Attitudes
The current paper presents results generated from a 72 hour training program on effective delivery of practicals of secondary school multi-subjects science, undertaken by teachers from 10 independent schools in Qatar during the academic year 2015-2016. The interactive plan is based on training groups of teachers on the effective delivery of practical activities selected from curriculum standards of subjects they teach. The training provided is applied in real time: during the week following each training session, teachers apply the same activities with their students and then subsequently reflect on these experiences. To further support teachers’ learning, trainers observed trainees in their laboratory classes two times over the academic year. During the last four training sessions, teachers presented their own action research projects on issues related to practical delivery which they selected at the start of the program. Evaluation of the impact of training was based on three elements: Teachers’ skills based on results of theory and practical tests, class observations before and after training, and comparison of students’ attitude towards science before and after their teachers’ training.
Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2017
- Date of Conference: 26-29 June, 2017
- DOI: 10.2053/CICE.2017.0260
- Electronic ISBN: 978-1-908320-83-4
- Conference Location: University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada