P36: Teachers’ perceptions about a NGSS-inspired lesson
Shifting from traditional laboratory activities towards more NGSS-inspired inquiry activities is a difficult task for many educators. Some educators seem overwhelmed when redesigning lessons to align with the Next Generation Science Standards. Our work involved leading science educators in two photosynthesis laboratory activities by modeling traditional and inquiry-based lessons. This study examines the perceived engagement of teachers after each lesson approach using a Likert-scale survey. The results of this study indicate that the inquiry-based activity was significantly more engaging than the traditional approach to the teachers. The findings of the study will be discussed, as well as practical suggestions of implementation for teachers wanting to move from traditionally laboratory activities toward a NGSS-approach to teaching chemistry.