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High-School Teachers' Implementation of 'Troubleshooting-Tasks' Presented in an In-Service Program
  Location: HC 3023 & 3023A
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 9:50 AM -10:00 AM
  Author: Edit Yerushalmi, Weizmann Institute of Science
  Co-Author(s): Sawsan Ailabouni , Rafi Safadi
  Abstract: "Troubleshooting Tasks" require students to detect an error in a statement describing a situation, explain it, and correct it. Such tasks can serve as a context for refining interpretations of scientific concepts if designed appropriately. In particular, statements should include mistaken reasoning reflecting alternative conceptions known from the research literature, and feedback should highlight how a mistaken interpretation differs from the scientific one. "Troubleshooting Tasks" were presented in an in-service program for high school teachers from the Arab sector in Israel. We report how these tasks were implemented in the classrooms. Data sources consist of statements and sample solutions composed by the teachers, teachers' assessment of students' performance, and their reflections regarding their experience. In particular, we answer: To what extent did actual implementation confirm with the aforementioned guidelines? What challenges did teachers face when implementing these tasks? The results can inform the design of in-service programs presenting teachers with similar tasks.
  Footnotes: Edit Yerushalmi
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