A Professional Development Project for Improving the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Science Teaching
Technology, Pedagogy and Education Volume 15, Number 2, ISSN 1475-939X
This article describes a professional development project aiming to develop practical approaches for the integration of information and communication technologies (ICT) into science education. Altogether, 13 two-day face-to-face seminars and numerous computer network conferences were held during a three-year period. The goals for the project were based on the general goals of the Finnish national framework curriculum and ICT strategy. Self-evaluation data showed that participating teachers had used ICT extensively and integrated it into their science education programmes during the project. The ICT competence of the participating teachers increased substantially. Based on the results of the project, it can be suggested that professional development projects for science teachers in the use of ICT should emphasise the following: (i) empowerment (co-planning of the project and its activities, and dissemination, allocation of resources, and authentic evaluation); (ii) communication (ensuring a flow of ideas and creativity, allowing communication and reflection in small groups and in optimal locations); and (iii) context (integration of ICT into teaching methods and cumulative development of competencies in the teachers who use it). (Contains 3 tables.)
Lavonen, J., Juuti, K., Aksela, M. & Meisalo, V. (2006). A Professional Development Project for Improving the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Science Teaching. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 15(2), 159-174.