WWW Site for John Lawrence Bencze, Associate Professor, Science Education, OISE/University of Toronto

Curriculum Vitae

Bencze, L., & Hodson, D. (1998). Coping with uncertainty in elementary school science: A case study in collaborative action research. Teachers and Teaching, 4(1), 77-94.
Recent policy documents from the Ontario Ministry of Education have announced a shift towards greater decentralization of the curriculum. Coincident with this announcement is the call for science teachers to present a more authentic view of scientific practice. This article describes how two grade 7 teachers in an Ontario (Canada) school collaborated with a researcher/teacher educator to meet these challenges. The ways in which the teachers changed their views about science and scientific inquiry, the anxieties they experienced and the institutional constraints that impacted on their classroom practice are discussed. Some common pitfalls of action research are identified and some tentative guidelines are advanced for the adoption of action research strategies by central educational authorities wishing to implement new curricula during recessionary times.

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