Amanda L. Stephenson's research while affiliated with Texas State University and other places

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This study investigated safety in Texas secondary school science laboratory, classroom, and field settings. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) drew a random representative sample consisting of 199 secondary public schools in Texas. Eighty-one teachers completed Incident/Accident Reports. The reports were optional, anonymous, and open-ended; thus, the...
Recommends phasing as an effective approach for training future science teachers in inquiry-based teaching. The phasing philosophy originated with middle school science teachers and is presented in four phases. (DDR)


... While the causes for the increases displayed in Table 1 are unknown, researchers have hypothesized that the lack of adequately prepared educators (including safety training) hired to teach in these STEM areas (Ferguson & Reed, 2019;Love & Maiseroulle, 2021;Reed & Ferguson, 2021;West et al., 2003) and the release of multiple K-12 instructional standards documents calling for more hands-on STEM learning experiences have increased the chance for accidents (Love et al., 2020a;NSTA, 2020;Stephenson et al., 2003;Stroud et al., 2007;West et al., 2003). A recent national K-12 STEM safety study corroborated these speculations, finding a strong positive correlation between the chance of an accident occurring and (a) increased hands-on instructional time in STEM courses, and (b) the comprehensiveness of STEM education safety training experiences completed by educators . ...
... Gerlovich and Parsa (2002) found that 46 % of science teachers never received safety training, whereas only 40 % received training within the previous five years of their study. Similarly, Stephenson et al. (2003) discovered that 35 % of science teachers did not receive any form of safety training within one year of their study. America's Lab Report: Investigation in High School Science reiterated these safety training concerns, "School administrators and science teachers, who bear important responsibility for student safety, appear to receive little systematic safety training" (NRC, 2006, p. 189). ...