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Co-regulated Professional Development in STEM, Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp

STEM-education is a hot topic in contemporary education in Flanders. STEM is the abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM-education is seen as a way to teach pupils how to deal with our increasingly complex and technological society and labour market. Teachers, however, do not always feel confident or competent to teach STEM. This seems especially true in primary education in Flanders where teachers are not substantive experts, but are expected to teach a wide range of topics. Professional development activities are perceived by policy makers as a way to remedy the existing situation.

The project Co-regulated professional development in STEM aims at designing and implementing a professional development trajectory for teachers in primary education. To this end, the project employs Teachers Design Teams (TDTs): teams of teachers, student-teachers and teacher educators who, together, innovate part of a curriculum or innovate existing learning activities or materials. By using TDTs the professional development trajectory can therefore be labeled as ‘co-regulated’. Indeed, teachers and student-teachers mutually decide on the content and the instructional approach of the innovations. The teacher educators act as both substantive experts as well as coaches in the design process.

Parallel to the professional development trajectory, the project investigates key-factors that contribute to the success of TDTs. To this aim, it gathers information on the processes and outcomes of TDTs using a variety of sources: teachers’ video diaries, interviews with team members, classroom observations and materials developed by the teacher design teams. The final aims of the project are (1) to increase understanding of the processes taking place during TDTs; (2) to gain insight in key-factors contributing to the success of TDTs; (3) to construct high-quality learning material for STEM activities in primary education; and (4) to develop a road book for primary schools planning to organize a professional development trajectory using TDTs.


Institution: Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp

Research groups: Department of Teacher Education & Artesis Plantijn Educational Research Unit

Adress: Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp, Lange Nieuwstraat 101, B-2000 Antwerp

Website: http://www.ap.be/co-profs-stem/2684

Project coordinator Department of Teacher Education: Judith Gadeyne
Telephone: +32 473 757 570
E-mail: Judith.Gadeyne@ap.be

Project coordinator AP Educational Research Unit: Herman Van de Mosselaer
Telephone: +32 220 57 27
E-mail: Herman.Vandemosselaer@ap.be


 



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