"Offering Modest Supports to Extend Professional Development Outcomes and Enhance Elementary Science Teaching"
This research is based on an intervention of modest, targeted forms of support for elementary teachers who previously participated in one of four science-focused professional development programs. The study examines the supports offered to teachers, the extent to which teachers used the available supports, and the associated challenges and reasons for not using supports. The data sources include a needs assessment, semi-structured interviews, feedback surveys, and usage data. Findings indicate that teachers preferred face-to-face supports over electronic supports. They viewed face-to-face supports as more beneficial for learning, collaborating with other teachers, and building relationships. The differing contexts at the teachers’ schools, teachers’ comfort with technology, and variations in resources also influenced which supports teachers opted to use. Providing a menu of options for follow-up support may be a useful approach to accommodating a range of teacher needs and preferences.