Professional Development for Primary Teachers in Science and Technology

The Dutch VTB-Pro Project in an International Perspective

  • Marc J. de Vries
  • Hanno van Kuelen
  • Sylvia Peters
  • Juliette Walma van der Molen

Part of the International Technology Education Studies book series (ITES, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
    1. Wynne Harlen, Pierre Léna
      Pages 1-14
  2. Knowledge and Skills in Science and Technology Professional Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Hanno van Keulen
      Pages 17-19
    3. Liesbeth K. J. Baartman, Koeno Gravemeijer
      Pages 21-33
    4. Ellen Rohaan, Hanno van Keulen
      Pages 35-47
    5. Ed van den Berg, Hanno van Keulen
      Pages 49-61
    6. Henderien Steenbeek, Paul van Geert, Nena Hageman, Rutger Meissner, Sabine van Vondel, Kees Broekhof et al.
      Pages 63-79
  3. Professional Development and Attitudes Towards Science and Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 80-80
    2. Juliette Walma van der Molen
      Pages 83-87
    3. Lieke Asma, Juliette Walma van der Molen, Sandra van Aalderen-Smeets
      Pages 89-105
    4. Eddie Denessen, Nienke Vos, Tom Damen, Severine Koch, Monika Louws, Daniël Wigboldus
      Pages 107-119
    5. Charlotte Van Cleynenbreugel, Veerle De Winter, Evelien Buyse, Ferre Laevers
      Pages 121-143
    6. Johan P. de Wilde, Ellen Sjoer, Marc J. de Vries
      Pages 145-155
  4. Professional Development for Primary Science and Technology Pedagogy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 156-156
    2. Marc J. de Vries
      Pages 159-166
    3. Marja-Ilona Koski, Marc J. de Vries
      Pages 167-180
    4. Lou A. M. P. Slangen, J. van Keulen, Koeno Gravemeijer
      Pages 181-198
    5. Resi Damhuis, Akke de Blauw
      Pages 199-215
    6. Lotte Henrichs, Paul Leseman, Kees Broekhof, Hans Cohen de Lara
      Pages 217-227
  5. Impacts of Professional Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 228-228
    2. Sylvia Peters
      Pages 231-236
    3. Ellen Sjoer, Jacobiene Meirink
      Pages 251-264
    4. Eliane Segers, Marieke Peeters, Heleen Strating, Cindy Teunissen, Ludo Verhoeven
      Pages 265-275
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 277-305

About this book


This book presents the research output of the Dutch project VTB-Pro, an internationally-oriented project that aimed at providing primary school teachers with the knowledge, abilities and attitudes that are necessary to implement science and technology education in their classes. An introductory chapter by Wynne Harlen and Pierre Lena positions this project in the international context. From the Foreword by Dr. Michel Rocard: I have been pleased to discover the VTB-Pro three-years project carried in the Netherlands (Broadening technological education in primary school). Focusing on professional development of teachers and presenting first hand testimonies and research, the present book demonstrates how to deal with this issue, so critical for a renewed pedagogy. With proper methods, the knowledge of science, the interest in science and technology, the pedagogical skills can all be improved among teachers who often have no or little affection for science.

Editors and affiliations

  • Marc J. de Vries
    • 1
  • Hanno van Kuelen
    • 2
  • Sylvia Peters
    • 3
  • Juliette Walma van der Molen
    • 4
  1. 1.Delft University of TechnologyThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Utrecht University & Fontys University of Applied ScienceThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Research DepartmentKennisnet,public educational organization on ICT in educationThe Netherlands
  4. 4.University of TwenteThe Netherlands

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