Impacting the Science Community through Teacher Development: Utilizing Virtual Learning

By Rachel Boulay and Lisa van Raalte.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Published online: January 8, 2014 Free Download

Commitment to the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) pipeline is slowly declining despite the need for professionals in the medical field. Addressing this, the John A. Burns School of Medicine developed a summer teacher-training program with a supplemental technology-learning component to improve science teachers’ knowledge and skills of Molecular Biology. Subsequently, students’ skills, techniques, and application of molecular biology are impacted. Science teachers require training that will prepare them for educating future professionals and foster interest in the medical field. After participation in the program and full access to the virtual material, twelve high school science teachers completed a final written reflective statement to evaluate their experiences. Using thematic analysis, knowledge and classroom application were investigated in this study. Results were two-fold: teachers identified difference areas of gained knowledge from the teacher-training program and teachers’ reporting various benefits in relation to curricula development after participating in the program. It is concluded that participation in the program and access to the virtual material will impact the science community by updating teacher knowledge and positively influencing students’ experience with science.

Keywords: Virtual Learning, Teacher Training, High School Science

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp.13-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 8, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 544.442KB)).

Dr. Rachel Boulay

Assistant Professor, Center for Cardiovascular Research, John A Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Rachel Boulay is the Director of Education for the Center for Cardiovascular Research. She is committed to building the bridges between science teachers and scientists to collaboratively spark students' interest in science. She recently launched a statewide initiative to upgrade the content knowledge of biology teachers teaching in public high schools throughout the Hawaiian islands and the Pacific. She has a broad background in research and evaluation as well as in curriculum development, technology integration and organizational change in education. Research areas include the development and structure of online open access content for teaching science, professional development for K-12 teachers and higher education faculty, and the instructional design of curriculum materials for use in blended learning environments.

Lisa van Raalte

Graduate Assistant, Center for Cardiovascular Research, The University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, USA

Lisa van Raalte is now a doctoral student in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. Her research interests include relational management, communicative behaviors in interpersonal relationships, persuasion, classroom assessment, and educational technology.


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