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Explorations in Science Teaching at ASU
Transcript of Explorations in Science Teaching at ASU
Offering early classroom experience for STEM underclassmen.
Thursday, February 5th, 2015
Mathematics & Physics
16 years Title I schools
2 years public charter ASA
Sample Lesson 1
objectionable answer to the majority of the community."
"Within the framework of a scientific theory [MODEL], observations can be interpreted in much more far-reaching ways than are possible without a theory."
UC Berkeley Physics
1. What is science?
2. What is reality?
3. Is science reality?
-Dwain Desbien, EMCC, Physics (Ed) PhD., mentee of Hestenes
Models vs. Scientific Reasoning
contemporary of Hestenes
scientific reasoning (not modeling) is the key to understanding
students must be given opportunity to practice the true nature of science
scientists think in terms of models
models, not equations, are the basic units of knowledge
students must construct the models; teachers cannot transmit the models
"Force Concept Inventory"
"Classroom Test of Sci. Reasoning"
Both are benchmark assessments for measuring student gains in understanding INTERNATIONALLY
Neither test is necessarily used frequently at ASU!
Kelli Gamez Warble
Trained as pre-service teacher
Workshop leader since 1997
Development team leader for Middle School Modeling
Previously offered by School of Earth & Space Exploration (SESE)
Had not been run for several years
Re-designed SESE syllabus with physics underclassmen in mind
Changes made inspired by PER trends
UTeach STEP 1 course
CU Boulder LA Training
Connect with local STEM teacher
Share classroom observations to identify traits of effective teachers
Investigate suggested development of STEM ideas in K-12
Evaluate import of developing nature of science vs. science content in K-12
Examine Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education...
Visit local classrooms...
Nuts & Bolts
PHY 118 (introductory level); 1 credit;
15 week semester; 4 field experiences
Open to all students;
for Physics BS w/ Sec Ed Concentration
~half of participants motivated by interest rather than requirement
Nature of Science v. Nature of Science Education...
veterans leave the field
new teachers enter
HS physics teachers each year
of new physics teachers lack a physics degree, and
of middle school physical science students are taught by teachers without a physical science major or certification"
2012 ethnic groups
"God created the world within the last 10,000 years."
Public: 50% agree
"Dinosaurs existed millions of years ago."
Public: 80% agree
Record your (individual) observations.
Record observations shared by the scientific community.
Record your conclusion-what's on the bottom? How do you know?
Sample discussion points
Weeks 1 & 2
How did the mystery cube activity reflect (or not) how science is practiced by scientific researchers?
Which of the 8
Engineering & Science Practices
listed in the NGSS were used as part of the mystery cube activity?
Is it possible (or desirable) to teach the Nature of Science without teaching a particular science content area? Is it possible to teach science content without using NOS practices?
...by discussing theory, pedagogy, and practice of teaching STEM content.
...to observe teachers in practice and interact with students.
NGSS, Common Core, AZ Stds
Calendar & Grading
Sample Lesson 2
Comparing Lesson Styles
Classroom Video Clips
"A Private Universe",
Middle School Phases of Moon lesson, 9:15-11:15
Community College Ball Bounce lesson, 0:25-3:50
Sample questions on Private Universe Clip
Sample questions on Ball Bounce clip
Sample Summary Questions on video clips
Sample Lesson 3
Restoring Science to Science Education
Issues in Science and Technology
, Summer 2009
Reading Quiz and class discussion
Sample Quiz Questions
Thanks for your time!
15 week semester
50 minutes weekly
no class meeting during FE weeks