Journal of Science Education and Technology

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 511-521

First online:

Supporting Teachers’ Use of Technology in Science Instruction Through Professional Development: A Literature Review

  • Tara E. HigginsAffiliated withGraduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley Email author 
  • , Michele W. SpitulnikAffiliated withGraduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

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Professional development is critical in supporting teachers’ use of technological tools in classrooms. This review of empirical research synthesizes the effective elements of professional development programs that support science teachers in learning about technology integration. Studies are examined that explore how professional development supports technology use within inquiry-based and traditional science instruction. Implications for future research are discussed in four areas: understanding and building on teachers’ beliefs about science and technology; supporting teacher learning by supporting teachers’ examination of students’ work; using technology to support teacher communities and social networks; and sustaining teachers’ learning beyond formal professional development programs.


Professional development Educational technology Science teachers Literature review