The influence of program format on the professional development of science teachers: Teacher perceptions of ap and honors science courses

Examined which of the formats for advanced science instruction, Advanced Placement (AP) or honors (HS), was more effective at fostering communication between educators and stimulating their professional development. Interviews were conducted with 155 teachers with experience teaching both HS and AP. Ss believed AP was more effective in encouraging and facilitating professional communication and development. Teaching AP classes facilitated or necessitated more contacts with other professionals and stimulated more professional interaction. Ss learned significantly more as a result of teaching AP classes.