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Tool Name
Secondary Science Teaching Analysis Matrix (STAM)

Evaluation Type
Classroom Observations

Science specific

High School Grades only

Use of Evaluation

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This product was developed by James Gallagher, Joyce Parker, and Don Duggan-Haas at Michigan State University.

Product Description
The Secondary Science Teaching Analysis Matrix is a constructivist observation tool that was first used during the research conducted by the Salish I Research Collaborative. The study investigated the connection between preservice preparation of mathematics and science teachers, recommended science teaching practices, teacher practice, and student achievement. Through this research initiative, it was found that interaction with the STAM observation rubric was influencing the professional development of the novice teachers involved in the study in positive ways. Further research was conducted using the observation rubric formatively.

General Target Population Information
This matrix was designed for use with secondary science teachers, new to the profession, as well as experienced teachers attempting to improve their effectiveness.

Stage of Teacher Development
Focused on Novice Teachers

This matrix is used by the Salish I Research Collaborative in the work funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Research and Resources

Adams, P. E., & Krockover, G. H. (1999). Stimulating constructivist teaching styles through use of an observation rubric. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 36(8), 955–971.

Brown, S. L., & Melear, C. T. (2006). Investigation of secondary science teachers' beliefs and practices after authentic inquiry-based experiences. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 43(9), 938–962.

Gallagher, J., & Parker, J. (1995). Secondary Teaching Analysis Matrix (STAM). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University.

Cost for the use of this product has not been established.

Contact Information

Division of Science and Mathematics Education
119 N. Kedzie
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-432-2152

Support Available
This instrument was developed and used for research purposes.