Research and development of a training approach combining face-to-face and on-line instruction for improving the technology skills and self-efficacy of science teachers
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A training environment for the technology professional development of science teachers was developed that incorporated three components: an online multimedia tutorial website, an interactive WebCT-based collaboration area, and a weekly face-to-face training session. The research design incorporated a pilot study in June 2000 and a main study in October-November 2000. Journal-writing and paired work approaches were used to help develop an atmosphere of collegiality and collaboration. Participant K-12 science teachers showed significant gains in both technology skills and Internet teaching self-efficacy when measured in a pre- and post-test manner.