Professional Development Programs for Teaching with Visualizations

  • Libby Gerard
  • Ou Lydia Liu
  • Stephanie Corliss
  • Keisha Varma
  • Michele Spitulnik
  • Marcia C. Linn
Part of the Explorations in the Learning Sciences, Instructional Systems and Performance Technologies book series (LSIS)


Previous research suggests the value of technology-enhanced materials that guide learners to use dynamic, interactive visualizations of science phenomena. The power of these visualizations to improve student understanding depends on the teacher. In this chapter we provide two exemplars of professional development programs that focus on teaching with visualizations. The programs differ in intensity but follow the same basic philosophy. We show that the more intense professional development approach results in more effective teacher implementation of visualizations and greater student learning gains. We identify specific strategies that other educators can use to improve students’ knowledge integration with interactive visualizations.


Professional Development Professional Development Program Student Work Knowledge Integration Spindle Fiber 
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This material is based upon work supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) grant numbers 0455877 and 0334199. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF. The authors gratefully acknowledge support and feedback from participating MODELS and TELS teachers and the members of the Technology-Enhanced Learning in Science Center.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Libby Gerard
    • 1
  • Ou Lydia Liu
    • 2
  • Stephanie Corliss
    • 3
  • Keisha Varma
    • 4
  • Michele Spitulnik
    • 5
  • Marcia C. Linn
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of EducationUniversity of California at BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Educational Testing ServicePrincetonUSA
  3. 3.Division of Instructional Innovation and AssessmentUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  4. 4.College of Education and Human DevelopmentUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  5. 5.Contra Costa Jewish Day SchoolLafayetteUSA

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