ERIC Number: EJ1093299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
What's the Technology For? Teacher Attention and Pedagogical Goals in a Modeling-Focused Professional Development Workshop
Wilkerson, Michelle Hoda; Andrews, Chelsea; Shaban, Yara; Laina, Vasiliki; Gravel, Brian E.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v27 n1 p11-33 Feb 2016
This paper explores the role that technology can play in engaging pre-service teachers with the iterative, "messy" nature of model-based inquiry. Over the course of 5 weeks, 11 pre-service teachers worked in groups to construct models of diffusion using a computational animation and simulation toolkit, and designed lesson plans for the toolkit. Content analyses of group discussions and lesson plans document attention to content, representation, revision, and evaluation as interwoven aspects of modeling over the course of the workshop. When animating, only content and representation were heavily represented in group discussions. When simulating, all four aspects were represented to different extents across groups. Those differences corresponded with different planned uses for the technology during lessons: to teach modeling, to engage learners with one another's ideas, or to reveal student ideas. We identify specific ways in which technology served an important role in eliciting teachers' knowledge and goals related to scientific modeling in the classroom.
Descriptors: Attention, Teacher Attitudes, Computer Simulation, Preservice Teachers, Lesson Plans, Content Analysis, Technology Uses in Education, Behavioral Objectives, Teacher Behavior, Influence of Technology, Teaching Models, Inquiry, Group Discussion, Teaching Methods
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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