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Abstract Title: Lab-centered Professional Development for Science Teachers
Abstract: Research has shown that treating laboratory activities as an integral part of lessons increases student learning. Laboratory work in schools, however, is often done as standalone activities. In this poster we present a Lesson Study inspired Professional Development program for in-service high and middle school science teachers that facilitates teacher collaboration on lab-integrated lessons.  During two weeks in the summer, teachers use the IOLab multi-sensor device to develop two-three lessons for which the lab-activities play a central role. During the following school year, we videotape the classroom implementations of the lessons and meet with teachers in study group sessions to discuss the implementations. At the study group sessions, teachers watch video clips of their respective instruction. The following summer, teachers revise implemented lessons and develop new lessons.  
In the poster, we report on the professional development program's impact on teacher instruction and student outcome.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Morten Lundsgaard
Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1110 West Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217.244.5674