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Who is participating in geoscience teacher education workshops, why are they doing it, and what are they learning?
Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Communicating Science: A National Conference on Science Education & Public Outreach (2012)
  • Scott A Nowicki, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Abstract

Presented here are evaluation results from the geoscience teacher education workshop: Invigorating High School and Middle School Earth Science Through Inquiry and Student Research (2010) and Climate Change Science: Content and Inquiry Methods for Secondary Teachers (2011). This program was conducted by PI Dr. Larry Rudd at Nevada State College and Co-I Dr. Steve Rowland at UNLV under the state-funded Nevada Collaborative Teacher Improvement Program (NeCoTIP). During five years of summer workshops (2007-2011) over 70 middle and high-school in-service teachers in the Clark County School System participated in a combination classroom and field-based professional development program focused on local geologic field and paleontological resources. The last two years of the program evaluated here represent an established and sustainable program. Evaluation consisted of pre and post-tests, written self-evaluations, and surveys conducted a year later. As seen in other similar program evaluations, pre and post-testing did not show significant increased applied knowledge despite high reviews in teacher evaluations of the program. Anecdotal evidence and later surveying suggests that participants did gain confidence and willingness to teach earth science topics, although use of resources and engagement following the program remained low. With such limited results, an in-depth analysis of the backgrounds and experience helped to determine the motivation behind participation and the traits of teachers who regularly attend science education programs.

Keywords
  • teacher education workshops
Publication Date
Summer July, 2012
Citation Information
Scott A Nowicki. "Who is participating in geoscience teacher education workshops, why are they doing it, and what are they learning?" Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Communicating Science: A National Conference on Science Education & Public Outreach (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/scott_nowicki/2/