"과학문화교육"

2008-01-25 (Vol 5, No 1)

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Collaborators needed for new science course designed especially for elem teachers

Are you interested in being a field test collaborator on a new physical science course, suitable for large enrollments, utilizing interactive pedagogy, focusing on deep conceptual understanding and learning about learning, and which is especially appropriate for prospective elementary teachers? Below is some information. I will be at the AAPT Baltimore meeting through Tuesday afternoon if you'd like to discuss this with me. Fred

Our development team (footnote 1) has received funding from the NSF CCLI Program (footnote 2) to develop a one-semester guided inquiry-based physical science curriculum for large enrollment, general education settings (60+ students). The work will build on two other successful curricula, Physics and Everyday Thinking (PET) and Physical Science and Everyday Thinking (PSET), both designed for small enrollment classes (40 students or less). (footnote 3) Both PET and PSET were designed especially for prospective and practicing elementary teachers.

The LEPS curriculum will focus on fundamental content themes of physical science (conservation of energy, Newton's laws and the small particle theory-including aspects of kinetic theory and atomic-molecular theory) in an integrated way, and provide explicit instruction on the nature of science and learning. For example, after learning specific physical science content, students will analyze movies of either young children or college students discussing similar content. (Because of a focus on the learning of young children, LEPS would be especially appropriate for prospective elementary teachers.) We will incorporate special tools to promote student collaboration and manage student work both in-class and online for homework. We will also be developing an optional laboratory component to enable implementation of LEPS with or without an accompanying laboratory.

Development of LEPS will begin in January 2008. We need ten faculty members to work with us as field test collaborators. Selection will be based on the following criteria:

o Already teaching a large-enrollment one-semester general-education physical science class, with our without a laboratory, and willing to administer pre/post evaluation instruments at least once during the 2008-2009 academic year.
o Willingness to attend the LEPS preparation workshop in San Diego during summer 2009 (probably three days in length).
o Commitment to teach LEPS at least once (preferably twice) during the 2009-2010 academic year, to provide substantial feedback, and to carry out project evaluation responsibilities.
o Familiarity with/and access to technology, like real-time, computer-based data acquisition, class response systems (clickers) and learning management systems (like Blackboard, WebCT, etc).
o Intent to institutionalize LEPS after the end of the project

Field test collaborators will receive stipends for their participation and travel support to attend the San Diego workshop in summer 2009.

If you are interested, or have questions, please contact Fred Goldberg at fgoldberg@sciences.sdsu.edu. An application form will be available after February 1 on the LEPS website at http://cpucips.sdsu.edu/web/leps/. Deadline for applications will be June 1, 2008. We intend to complete our selection of field testers by August 2008.

Footnotes:
(1) Project directors are Fred Goldberg, Steve Robinson, Ed Price, Rebecca Kruse and Danielle Harlow.
(2) LEPS is supported by NSF grant # 0717791
(3) PET and PSET are published by It's About Time, Herff Jones Education Division. Information about PSET, from which LEPS will be adapted, is at http://cpucips.sdsu.edu/web/pset/.
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Fred Goldberg
CRMSE
6475 Alvarado Road, Suite 206
San Diego, CA 92120
Work phone: 619-594-6609
FAX: 619-594-1581
E-mail: fgoldber@sciences.sdsu.edu or Fred.Goldberg@sdsu.edu


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