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ERIC Number: EJ936856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 41
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 96
ISSN: ISSN-0034-6543
Professional Development for Technology-Enhanced Inquiry Science
Gerard, Libby F.; Varma, Keisha; Corliss, Stephanie B.; Linn, Marcia C.
Review of Educational Research, v81 n3 p408-448 Sep 2011
The knowledge integration framework is used to analyze studies on professional development in technology-enhanced science involving more than 2,350 teachers and 138,0000 students. The question of how professional development enhances teachers' support for students' inquiry science learning is the focus of the work. A literature search using the keywords technology, "professional development", and "science" identified 360 studies from the past 25 years, 43 of which included multiple data sources and reported results for teachers and/or students. Findings suggest that professional development programs that engaged teachers in a comprehensive, constructivist-oriented learning process and were sustained beyond 1 year significantly improved students' inquiry learning experiences in K-12 science classrooms. In professional development programs of 1 year or less, researchers encountered common technical and instructional obstacles related to classroom implementation that hindered success. Programs varied most considerably in terms of their support for teachers' use of evidence to distinguish effective technology-enhanced practices. (Contains 6 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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