Sunday, September 20, 2009

I found an article in Scientific American about a new vision for teaching science.

"We face a real crisis in science education in America. Representative Bart Gordon of Tennessee, chair of the House Committee on Science and Technology, has warned that countries such as China and India will trample the U.S. economy in the near future without major improvements in teaching."

"The most effective teaching expands both the knowledge and the skills needed to engage with science authentically—that is, in a manner akin to how scientists work."

I'm happy to report that I will be running another 3 hour class on wolf research as part of Manchester Community College's Excursions in Learning program. It will be held on a Saturday in February. Last year, we went outside and backtracked wolf prints just like real scientists do. I think we all enjoyed this part of the class the most.

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