Science teacher learning for MBL-supported student-centered science education in the context of secondary education in Tanzania

Joke Voogt, F. Tilya, Jan van den Akker

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Abstract

Science teachers from secondary schools in Tanzania were offered an in-service arrangement to prepare them for the integration of technology in a student-centered approach to science teaching. The in-service arrangement consisted of workshops in which educative curriculum materials were used to prepare teachers for student-centered education and for the use and application of Microcomputer Based Laboratories (MBL)—a specific technology application for facilitating experiments in science education. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected to study whether the in-service arrangement impacted teacher learning. Teacher learning was determined by three indicators: (1) the ability to conduct MBL-supported student centered science lessons, (2) teachers’ reflection on those lessons and (3) students’ perceptions of the classroom environment. The results of the research indicate that the teachers’ were able to integrate MBL in their science lessons at an acceptable level and that they were able to create a classroom environment which was appreciated by their students as more investigative and open-ended.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)429-438
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of science education and technology
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • IR-83306
  • METIS-260184

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