Science Communities of Practice Partnership

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Despite widespread agreement about the importance of teacher professional development (PD), translating what is learned in PD to classroom practice remains challenging. Guided by Self Determination Theory, this study examines how PD facilitators, including pedagogical coaches and university faculty, support the three basic needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness for teachers' intrinsic motivation as learners in PD focused on reform-based science instruction. Study findings include high-leverage practices that facilitators can use to support teacher motivation.

Co-PI(s): Christine Lee Bae, Virginia Commonwealth University; Jeffrey Seitz, California State University East Bay; Dawn O'Connor, Alameda County Office of Education

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