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In-Service Teacher Development for Fostering Problem-Based Integration of Technology PROCEEDINGS

, , Purdue Univ., United States ; , , Crawfordsville (IN) Community Schools, United States

AACE Award

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Norfolk, VA ISBN 978-1-880094-41-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This paper reports on professional development approach, used in an Indiana-based
Technology Innovation Challenge Grant, for middle and high school teachers designed
to promote problem-centered uses of technology. As an initial activity, in-service teachers,
pre-service teachers, and grade 6-12 students took part in a two-day modeling activity using
technology to investigate and report on a local community problem. This allowed teachers to
experience problem-based learning and understand the elements of the process. Evaluation
of the modeling activity showed positive reactions from both teachers and students.
Subsequently, teachers took part in a semester-long, school-based course involving a number
of problem-centered activities. Teachers developed their own problem-centered projects that
contained appropriate elements of problem-based learning. These findings suggest that the
professional development approach used in this project was effective.

Citation

Lehman, J., Ertmer, P., Keck, K. & Steele, K. (2001). In-Service Teacher Development for Fostering Problem-Based Integration of Technology. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2001 (pp. 935-940). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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