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01-02-2013 | Issue 1/2013

Journal of Science Education and Technology 1/2013

Measuring Model-Based High School Science Instruction: Development and Application of a Student Survey

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Gavin W. Fulmer, Ling L. Liang

Abstract

This study tested a student survey to detect differences in instruction between teachers in a modeling-based science program and comparison group teachers. The Instructional Activities Survey measured teachers’ frequency of modeling, inquiry, and lecture instruction. Factor analysis and Rasch modeling identified three subscales, Modeling and Reflecting, Communicating and Relating, and Investigative Inquiry. As predicted, treatment group teachers engaged in modeling and inquiry instruction more than comparison teachers, with effect sizes between 0.55 and 1.25. This study demonstrates the utility of student report data in measuring teachers’ classroom practices and in evaluating outcomes of a professional development program.

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