Successful implementation of technology to teach science: Research implications

David A. Slykhuis, Rebecca Mc Nall Krall

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In this review of recent literature on the use of technology to teach science content, 143 articles from 8 science education journals were selected and analyzed for the use of technologies in teaching science, pedagogies employed, and successes of the implementations. The resultant data provides a snapshot on how technology is being used in the teaching and learning of science, and the research methods used to explore these issues. Levels of research and levels of success were developed and applied to the article data set to characterize the types of research and technology implementations described in the literature. Articles that showed high levels of successful implementation of technology along with a high level of research were explored and explained in greater detail. The review underscores the research trend toward using technology to illustrate abstract concepts and make objects that are invisible to the naked eye, visible and malleable in computer modeling programs. Implications for successful use of technology to teach science are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducational Technology, Teacher Knowledge, and Classroom Impact
Subtitle of host publicationA Research Handbook on Frameworks and Approaches
Number of pages25
StatePublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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