Alabama Hosting Nation Science Education Conference

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TUSCALOOSA | The University of Alabama will host a national conference on college-level science education next week.

On Monday and Tuesday, "Research Based Undergraduate Science Teaching: Investigating Reform in Classrooms" will be held at the Bryant Conference Center. The conference is sponsored by the National Study of Education in Undergraduate Science, a project funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Alabama Office of Research on Teaching in the Disciplines.

Representatives from more than 40 universities will attend. The conference will focus on teaching methods and reforming undergraduate science courses to improve student learning.

Highlighted in the conference will be the results of the six- year study investigating undergraduate science classrooms. The goal of the National Study of Education in Undergraduate Science project was to examine the impact of reformed undergraduate entry-level science courses that differ from traditional courses.

Visits to 20 colleges and universities, as well as more than 90 K- 12 schools, were conducted by a team of investigators from the University of Alabama, Kansas State University and San Diego State University.

The conference is said to be highly interactive, offering instructors the chance to network with nationally recognized researchers.

Among the researchers who will serve as keynote speakers at the conference is Lawrence B. Flick, dean of the College of Education and professor of science and mathematics education at Oregon State University. …