Encyclopedia of Science Education

Living Edition
| Editors: Richard Gunstone

Teacher Professional Development

  • Barbara Crawford
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6165-0_255-4


Education; Pedagogy; Research

Teacher professional development includes experiences designed to enhance practicing teachers’ knowledge, attitudes, and skills, including science subject matter, new pedagogical approaches (teaching strategies and methods), alternative student assessments, use of technology, methods to teach students about scientific practices and nature of science, and more. The purpose of professional development is to ultimately enhance learning of students and their views of science. This is not to say that teachers are not professionals, and on their own accord, they do not strive to be the very best teacher. The growing knowledge base of teaching gives a reason for professionals to stay current with the ever-changing field of education. Currently, there is a great deal of interest in designing effective professional development experiences, given the explosion of scientific information, research on student learning, and increasing challenges of teaching...


Professional Development Professional Development Program Teacher Professional Development Professional Development Experience Effective Professional Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Mathematics and Science EducationThe University of Georgia, College of EducationAthensUSA