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Education Research International
Volume 2011, Article ID 908014, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/908014
Research Article

Designing Research-Based Professional Development for Elementary School Science and Mathematics

1Dewar College of Education, Valdosta State University, 1500 N. Patterson Street, Valdosta, GA 31698, USA
2John W. Renner Science Education Center, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019, USA
3Department of Middle, Secondary, Reading and Deaf Education, Dewar College of Education, Valdosta State University, 1500 N. Patterson Street, Valdosta, GA 31698, USA

Received 18 August 2010; Revised 16 December 2010; Accepted 7 February 2011

Academic Editor: Wayne Martino

Copyright © 2011 Brian L. Gerber et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A partnership including 11 school districts, a university, service agency, and private nonprofit education organization formed a collaborative partnership to improve teaching and learning in elementary school science and mathematics. The partnership designed research-based professional development for 150 teachers of grades 3–5. The professional development resulted in statistically significant increases for those elementary school teachers on math and science competency tests over a two-year period. The professional development was the vehicle for providing teachers with professional development so that they could (a) increase their content background in science and mathematics and (b) apply newly learned inquiry practices in their math and science instruction.