The Educational Emphases of Science Teachers in US Evangelical Protestant High Schools
40 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2018
Date Written: May 2018
I examine the educational emphases of science teachers in Evangelical Protestant (EP) schools, including (1) teaching basic content knowledge, (2) improving scientific reasoning skills, and (3) presenting real-world applications of science. Using a nationally representative sample of US ninth-graders, I find differences in these educational emphases between science teachers in EP schools and science teachers in secular private, Catholic, and public schools. I also find suggestive evidence that differences in STEM-related student outcomes across school sectors, which have been demonstrated in prior research, are associated with cross-sector differences in the emphases of science teachers.
Keywords: STEM education, teaching practice, Catholic schools, Evangelical Protestant schools, science pedagogy
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