Date of Award
Morgridge College of Education, Teaching and Learning Sciences, Curriculum and Instruction
Mary Kay Delaney
Ambitious science teaching, COVID-19 pandemic, Equity, Hermeneutic phenomenology, Pedagogical judgment
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, in March of 2020, education in the United States changed dramatically. Science teachers began to look at the implementation of ambitious and equitable science teaching practices differently. Employing the hermeneutic phenomenological framework, the purpose of this study was to investigate the lived experience of science teachers, specifically looking at their pedagogical judgment related to ambitious and equitable science teaching. Semi-structured interviews, artifacts and surveys were used to develop a rich description of the phenomenon. Data analysis of the science teachers’ narratives, Qualtrics surveys, and lesson plans illuminated six essential themes common to all the participants: (1) first impressions of the pandemic; (2) confusion of the pandemic; (3) a new normal; (4) technology as aid and hinderance; (5) thoughts on equity; and (6) facilitating ambitious science teaching. Participants expressed that contributing to this study, specifically sharing all their stories about science teaching during the height of the pandemic, was therapeutic. This study is one of the first to investigate the lived experience of the science teacher as they navigate their pedagogical judgment around ambitious and equitable science teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Received from ProQuest
Vo, Amy, "A Phenomenological Study of Science Teachers’ Lived Experience: Pedagogical Judgment During the COVID-19 Pandemic" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2254.
Education, Science education, Teacher education