Team Leader: Susan Loucks-Horsley
Project goal: How can professional development for science and mathematics teachers be made more valuable? The NISE's Professional Development Team identifies various strategies for effective professional development and documents the knowledge, beliefs, and contextual issues that need to be considered as educators design and carry out professional development initiatives.
From its inquiries into research and practice, the Professional Development Team
built a vision of effective professional development in science and mathematics
education and created a Design Framework to guide professional developers in
constructing more effective experiences for teachers. The Design Framework helps
professional developers expand the range of professional learning strategies
they offer beyond the traditional format of workshops and institutes, deepening
understanding of both content and pedagogy over time.
team's recent book, Designing Professional
team has extended its study to examine the "disconnect" between
preservice and the ongoing professional development of teachers. The gap between
these two parts of the teacher development system has contributed to a lack of
coherence and a subsequent loss of quality in the ongoing development of
teachers. A monograph, Working Toward a
Continuum of Professional Learning Experiences for Teachers of Science and
Mathematics, describes the different ways that preservice and inservice
education are disconnected and identifies strategies and recommendations for
closing the gap.
NISE Publications of the Professional Development Team
NISE-Related Publications of the Professional Development Team
National Institute for Science Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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