Using an experimental design, this project examines the effects of online professional development courses on high school biology teachers' content and pedagogical knowledge, and on their students' knowledge. The project is testing the impact of using digital resouces and is using hierarchal linear modeling techniques to analyze data. It will contribute to the knowledge base of what impacts student achievement by testing the efficacy of online professional development for science teachers.
Senior Research Scientist
About Me (Bio):
Marian M. Pasquale, a Senior Research Scientist at SMP, is a middle school science specialist. She provides technical assistance to school districts nationally and designs and conducts professional development experiences for teachers on best practice in science teaching grades K-12. Currently, she is the science advisor on the Possible Worlds project for the National Research and Development Center on Instructional Technology by the U.S. Department of Education. The center is developing year-long curricular supports for seventh-grade science students, with four game modules. She is the science specialist on the ABE-NY Research Study, a five-year study, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), to investigate an online professional development course's impact on teachers' content and pedagogical knowledge as well as their students' knowledge. She is a Co-Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded research project, Exploring the Impact of Elementary Science Specialists in Boston.