Research on K-12 STEM Professional Development Programs

An Examination of Program Design and Teacher Knowledge and Practice

Authored by: Julie A. Luft , Jaime M. Diamond , Chunlei Zhang , Dorothy Y. White

Handbook of Research on STEM Education

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367075606
eBook ISBN: 9780429021381
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This review of research was conducted with the goal of assisting those who design, implement, and study STEM professional development programs. In conducting the review, 41 articles were located through different search processes. The identified articles were examined in terms of the design features used in the professional development programs, and how the professional development programs supported the development of teacher knowledge and practice. While most STEM professional development programs have high-quality design features, many do not account for the complexity of supporting teachers to construct and use their newly acquired knowledge and practices.

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