Staying informed about rapidly changing fields, such as genetics and evolution, can be challenging for today’s science teachers, and many are turning to online programs to help them keep pace.
EDC researchers are analyzing what works in online professional development programs by studying Teachers’ Domain, a program for high school science teachers. Offered by PBS TeacherLine, the program uses science materials and multimedia resources to deepen teachers’ knowledge of science content and enhance their teaching skills.
The five-year study involves 140 high school biology teachers from across New York State. “We hope to learn what works for teachers, what kinds of professional programs help them do a better job teaching challenging subjects. But most importantly, we hope to discover what helps students learn,” says EDC’s Lauren Goldenberg.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the study is being conducted in partnership with WNED in Buffalo, New York.
Originally published on May 1, 2008