Science Educator

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 1, Summer

Addressing the Call to Increase High School Students' STEM Awareness through a Collaborative Event Hosted by Science and Education Faculty: A How-To Approach
IntroductionThe growth in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM) related jobs has nearly doubled that of all other fields over the past decade (U.S. Department of Labor, 2007). The economic competitiveness of the United States is dependent...
An Empirical Study Investigating Interdisciplinary Teaching of Biology and Physical Education
IntroductionFor years, interdisciplinary teaching (IdT) has been regarded as a form of education imparting cross-linked and applicable knowledge to students beyond the bounds of individual disciplines (MSWWF, 1999a/b). Because of the vague and variable...
Biology Teachers' Professional Development Needs for Teaching Evolution
IntroductionIn the first six months of 2014, The National Center for Science Education documented anti-evolution legislative bills in South Carolina, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Virginia, and South Dakota (http://ncse.com). This social controversy...
Science Specialists or Classroom Teachers: Who Should Teach Elementary Science?
IntroductionElementary science is important. Evidence indicates that students who do not have a solid exposure to science in the early years rarely make learning gains equal to those that did when they reach the secondary levels of schooling (Nelson...
Science Teacher Leadership: Learning from a Three-Year Leadership Program
IntroductionScience teachers are professional learners and leaders. As learners, they want to participate in workshops about district curriculum, institutes that support the development of new content knowledge, or professional learning communities that...
The Post-Disaster Survival Scenario as Context for Science Education
IntroductionOne of the most familiar hypothetical scenarios we use in entertainment and conversation is based on questions such as, "what would you bring to a desert island?" or "if society were to collapse tomorrow, what would you do first?" Scenarios...
Weight, Mass, and Gravity: Threshold Concepts in Learning Science
IntroductionLarge parts of our nations' science education systems are broken, and we have known about some of the problems through educational research for decades (U.S. National Commission on Excellence in Education, 1983; Fleishman, 2010; Martin et....
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