Assistant Professor Sissy Wong has been selected to be on the 2014 National Science Teachers Association's (NSTA) annual list of Research Worth Reading for the paper, Laboratory practices of beginning secondary science teachers: A five-year study.
The paper examined the laboratory practices of beginning secondary science teachers as they participated in different types of induction programs. The results of the study showed that teachers who engaged in science specific induction implemented more inquiry-based laboratories than those that participated in non-content specific programs. The paper was originally published in Science Educator, the official journal of the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA).
Wong explained that a concern in the field of science education is how to connect research with practice. One way NSTA tries to bridge the gap is by reviewing major science education journals and selecting the research-based articles their members should read for it's impact on practice.
"I am honored that my article was selected by NSTA," said Wong. "Being on the Research Worth Reading List is an achievement because it means my research on induction and mentoring of secondary science teachers has practical implications that may impact the way teachers are supported during their beginning years in the classroom."
NSTA is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education. NSTA reviews all major science education journals for articles that they feel their members should read. Wong's paper was one of 15 they selected to be on this list this year.