Developing rural, primary teachers’ abilities in three-dimensional learning
Stegman, Camille T.
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The purpose of this study was to explore four rural teachers developing abilities in three-dimensional learning as they prepare to implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Schools across the country are preparing to make substantive changes towards three-dimensional learning; the learning of core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts in concert. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) uses the idea of three-dimensional learning to develop an in-depth understanding of science in today’s students. By using the productive learning that lesson study can provide, this research looked at the development of the primary teachers’ abilities in achieving cohesive three-dimensional lessons. The conclusions reached show that the teachers did develop their abilities at implementing the three-dimensions, through observation and questioning techniques. In addition, some of the participants improved their understanding of the purpose of the performance expectation. Unfortunately, the research showed that while the participants enjoyed working together, in the lesson study setting and improving their understanding of the NGSS, the amount of time that three-dimensional learning takes away from other subjects may inhibit the use of the NGSS.