Archives for November 2010

Why Do We Teach Science, Anyway? The Democratic Argument

There are at least two interpretations that emerge when we explore why we teach science from the democratic argument.   The first interpretation is that we should be teaching science to help students become informed citizens in an increasingly technocratic and scientific world, and provide them with the tools to intelligently discuss, vote on, and […]

Why do we teach science?–the economic argument

In yesterday’s blog post, I raised the question: Why do we teach science anyway?  Do we teach science to help students become curious and to wonder about the world around them?  Do we teach science because various committees and professional societies think that studying science has something special to teach students about the world, and […]

Why do we teach science?

There is a new generation of science standards on the way. The Conceptual Framework for New Science Standards has been developed by a committee selected by the National Research Council, with funding from the Carnegie Foundation. The Framework will guide the development of new standards, which will be written by Achieve, a non-profit organization established […]

Teaching in America: It Should Not Be About Winning

There was an opinion piece in the New York Times on Sunday by Thomas Friedman entitled Teaching for America. On the front page on the Times website, the article title was Teaching to Win. Friedman’s article is supportive of current reform efforts, and the charge that the nations schools have put us in a hole […]

Climate Change: How the New Congress Will Help the Earth Get Hotter

When the new Congress convenes in January, 2011, it will get hotter in the House & Senate with an influx of Representatives and Senators (all Republicans) who continue the conspiracy that global warming is a hoax, and that humans are not contributing to the warming of the Earth.  This group of elected officials (especially in […]

Voluntary, nationwide education standards in science. Voluntary?

“Standards as a flag to lead us forth contrasts for me with standards as a way of standardizing our minds” Deborah Meier Voluntary, nationwide education standards in science! Voluntary? I don’t think so. But that is the language being used to describe the National Research Council’s effort, with financial support from the Carnegie Foundation, to […]

Art of Teaching Science linked on the NatGeo Great Migrations Blog Carnival

The Great Migrations Blog Carnival: Part II Minjae Ormes, of National Geographic Channel, sent me this text that announces further the NatGeo’s Great Migrations program that premiered last week.  As Minjae notes, a group of science bloggers wrote about the program on their blogs.  The Art of Teaching Science was among this group.  Here is […]

Coming Storms: Not the Ones Related to Global Warming

Yesterday’s post, Got Science?, was initiated after I received an email from the Union of Concerned Scientist requesting that I take a pop quiz on global warming, and to request a sticker that says on it “Got Science?” The recent elections will mean that there will be changes in the Chairmanships of all of the […]

Got Science? Take a global warming quiz to find out.

I received an email from the Union of Concerned Scientists today inviting me to get a free sticker “Got Science?” if I would take a pop quiz on global warming.  The quiz asks you to decide whether a series of statements are “False: Not Science” or “True: Got Science!”  After I took the quiz, and […]

The Footprints Puzzle as a Pedagogical Tool

In recent posts, I’ve discussed the history of the Footprints Puzzle which was prompted by an article (Tracking the Footprints Puzzle) in the Journal Science Education by Ault and Dodick, and explored the relationship between approaching science as a process approach, or as a conceptual or content viewpoint. In this post I am finishing my […]

Great Migrations

I received an email from Minjae Ormes, of the National Geographic Channel announcing a programming event, Great Migrations, which began on November 7, and will continue with 6 additional programs. Following the migrations of many animals, the program also includes multimedia sites, and videos. Here are two video clips from the first program, which was […]

The Dinosaur Footprints Puzzle: Is it pedagogy or paleontology?

In the last post I reviewed the article “Tracking the Footprints Puzzle: The Problematic persistence of science-as-process in teaching the nature and culture of science by Charles Ault and Jeff Dodick which was published in the recent issue of the journal Science Education. I also reflected on my own experience in teaching and writing with […]

The Dinosaur Footprint Puzzle: A Content or Process Approach?

“Tracking the Footprints Puzzle: The problematic persistence of science-as-process in teaching the nature and culture of science” by Charles R. Ault, Jr. and Jeff Dodick, which was published this month in the journal Science Education, is the research basis for this post.  The article was especially interesting for me since I have used the Footprint […]