Concept Learning in Professional Development

  • Marja-Ilona Koski
  • Marc J. de Vries
Part of the International Technology Education Studies book series (ITES, volume 9)


In this chapter an exploratory, qualitative study into primary school teachers’ preconceptions in science and technology is presented. The purpose of this study was to get a first impression of the effect professional development activities in the VTBPro project had on primary teachers’ knowledge of concepts. Learning concepts is one of the aims of the professional development programs, next to attitude development and the development of pedagogical skills in teaching science and technology. To be able to assess the effects of these programs, it is necessary to know the ideas with which the teachers enter the program, also in terms of their scientific and technological preconceptions.


Professional Development Conceptual Change System Thinking Professional Development Program Primary Teacher 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marja-Ilona Koski
  • Marc J. de Vries
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  1. 1.Delft University of TechnologyThe Netherlands

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