A Curriculum-Linked Professional Development Approach to Support Teachers’ Adoption of Web GIS Tectonics Investigations
Alec Bodzin, David Anastasio, Dork Sahagian, Jill Burrows Henry, Lehigh University, United States
CITE Journal Volume 16, Number 3, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
A curriculum-linked professional development approach designed to support middle level science teachers’ understandings about tectonics and geospatial pedagogical content knowledge was developed. This approach takes into account limited face-to-face professional development time and instead provides pedagogical support within the design of a Web-based curriculum with extensive teacher support materials. This paper illustrates how curriculum design can provide teachers with supports for content (e.g., tectonics) and geospatial instruction with Web GIS. The effectiveness of the approach is presented with a focus on how the curriculum implementation of the Web GIS tectonics investigations and the curriculum support materials provided teachers with the professional growth required for successful curriculum implementation.
Bodzin, A., Anastasio, D., Sahagian, D. & Burrows Henry, J. (2016). A Curriculum-Linked Professional Development Approach to Support Teachers’ Adoption of Web GIS Tectonics Investigations. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 16(3), 348-372. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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