- Teaching Science in Middle School NS 246: Through active science investigation, reading, and class discussions, students in this class work with approaches to teaching science classes designed to challenge and interest all students. They also identify factors that discourage middle school students from pursuing math and science. Students in this class devise ways to use math and technology creatively in inquiry-based science classes. Students carry out small lab investigations on questions they develop from existing curriculum materials and work in teams to develop these investigations into activities to teach during several class periods to local middle school students in their schools and in Day in the Lab.
Key Words: Middle school, math and science, teaching opportunity, Curricular Initiative
Contact: Merle Bruno
- Computer and Science Education NS 244: In this class we read some of the literature on the use of computers in education as well as some critical literature on the role and utility of networks, and learn to use and assess the educational potential of a variety of software and the Internet itself. Students in this course need not be especially computer literate or knowledgeable about he Internet, because one of the goals of this course is to introduce students who are interested in education to these technologies. Students get a lot of practice using computers and software and "surfing the 'Net'." One of the goals of this course is that groups of students work on projects consisting of designing the structure and implementation of resources for educators.
Key Word: Curricular Initiative
Contact: Merle Bruno and Michelle Murrain
- Environmental Education Seminar NS 279: This course focuses on "informal education" - teaching done out of the formal classroom setting, including museums, zoos, parks, and environmental centers. From experience, we know that many of our graduates who teach environmental fields start out in informal settings; this course better prepares them for such opportunities and also opens this avenue for science teaching to students who may not have considered informal teaching at all. We also discuss the classroom teaching of environmental science which, as opposed to chemistry or biology, is not well organized nationally. Environmental education is a center of reform efforts promoting student-active, inquiry-based teaching, and students in this class learn about this movement through class discussion, readings, and a local teaching practicum.
Key Words: Environmental education, Teaching opportunity, teaching reform, Curricular Initiative
Contact: Charlene D'Avanzo and Alan Hankin
- Elementary School Science Workshop NS 240: In this workshop, we use materials that have been designed to stimulate children's curiosity and to nurture scientific skills. For the first few weeks, the college students ARE the students and will try to understand some of the feelings that children experience in a science class designed to stimulate inquiry. Students will be encouraged to follow up on their own questions and conduct their own studies about movements of the sun (or moon), crayfish behavior, mystery powders, batteries and bulbs, milkweed bugs, or pond water. For the last part of the semester, students are also the teachers and introduce these same materials to children in elementary school classrooms.
Key Words: Teaching opportunity, Curricular Initiative
Contact: Merle Bruno
- Scientific Education Seminar NS 311: In this class we review the national standards and related literature and observe and perhaps teaching in some local schools. Students also examine and articulate their own approaches to learning and teaching science and report through a paper and presentation on topics related to science education reform.
Key Words: Teaching opportunity, science education reform, Curricular Initiative
Contact: Merle Bruno and Jacqueline Chase
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