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Teachers-as-learners: The role of a multimedia professional development program in changing classroom practice

Maor, D. (1999) Teachers-as-learners: The role of a multimedia professional development program in changing classroom practice. Australian Science Teachers Journal, 45 (3). pp. 45-50.

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    Abstract

    This paper describes a professional development program which involved the use of a multimedia package to develop teachers' understanding of a constructivist epistemology in science education. The program put the teachers in the role of learners in an attempt to enhance epistemological change and subsequently influence their use of the multimedia package and constructivist teaching approaches in their classrooms. The multimedia interactive program, Birds of Antartica, was developed using constructivist principles. During the workshop, and subsequently in school classrooms, recordings were made of teachers' and students' interactions with the program and their reactions to the constructivist-oriented learning environment. the results of the study suggest that teachers who engage themselves as learners in a professional development program have greater opportunities to bring about the successful implementation of new ideas in the science classroom.

    Publication Type: Journal Article
    Publisher: Australian Science Teachers Association.
    Copyright: 1999 ASTA
    Publishers Website: http://www.asta.edu.au/resources/teachingscience
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/8718
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