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Professional Development for Biology Teachers to Promote Scientific Inquiry Competencies in their Classrooms

Scientific methods such as experiments are often used in biology education to promote students’ content knowledge. However, to promote competencies in scientific inquiry, scientific methods should be used in a way that allows students to understand scientific thinking and scientific methods (i.e., to develop procedural and epistemic knowledge).

The professional development program developed in the LeFEB project supports biology teachers at secondary schools in using experiments in their biology classrooms in a way that contributes to promote their students’ scientific inquiry competencies.

The aim of the project is to examine the effects of the professional development program on the teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), their instructions and, ultimately, on the development of their students’ competencies. The findings from these studies will be used to learn more about the effective design of professional development programs in the area of inquiry learning as well as about the learning processes of teachers.