The effect of an MEd program in science education on teachers’ professional development: an Israeli case study

Ricardo Trumper, Osnat Eldar

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This study reports the effect of teachers’ professional development in a two-year MEd program of High School Science Education, held from October 2010 until March 2012. Twelve out of the 33 teachers enrolled in the program participated in the study. The main research questions were: what are the teachers’ perceptions of their own work and teaching styles at the beginning of the program; and to what extent and how does studying in the program influence these perceptions and teaching styles? In both years, the participants were interviewed and then observed teaching. The main findings were: that all of the teachers testified that their studies in the program influenced their teaching and their teaching perceptions, and complained about the constraints that prevented them from applying the new perceptions and ideas they acquired during their studies; and that five teachers remained characterized by a teacher-centered teaching style, as in the first year, while seven teachers displayed a considerable positive change toward a student-centered teaching style. It seems that there are three main factors operative in how the MEd program influences the teachers’ beliefs and teaching practices: their teaching discipline; the way teachers judge their status; and the resources available at school.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)826-848
Number of pages23
JournalProfessional Development in Education
Issue number5
StatePublished - 20 Oct 2015

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  • constructivism
  • professional development
  • science teacher education
  • teacher change
  • teacher education-practicing teachers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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