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The Art of Teaching Science

If you want to look at science teaching from a progressive prospective, then The Art of Teaching Science is a blog that might be of interest to you.

Figure 1.  A new eBook on the artistry of teaching available as a Kindle edition.

Figure 1. A new eBook on the artistry of teaching available as a Kindle edition.

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I started this blog in 2005 as a resource for one of my books, The Art of Teaching Science. I morphed an earlier book, Minds on Science (Harper Collins, 1992) into The Art of Teaching Science (Oxford, 2005). The book’s 2nd edition (Routledge, 2009) is co-authored with Dr. Michael Dias, Kennesaw State University. So the blog initially was inspired by these books.

The inspiration from these books is still there, but the reasons for the content of this blog extend well beyond them. I’m interested in writing about artistry in teaching in the context of an educational environment that is dominated by high-stakes testing, standards-based curriculum, neo-liberal-corporate reform, and the general assault on teaching. In this environment, the interest of a few with power, money and influence are playing havoc on our public schools.

Consequently my passion for writing about these issues has resulted in nearly 1,000 articles (posts) on this blog. These issues are interdisciplinary, and have helped rekindle earlier interest I’ve had for progressive, holistic and humanistic (science) education.

These are not just U.S. issues. They have global ramifications. International comparisons based on PISA and TIMSS test scores have been used by neoliberals to make the claim that American schools are inferior to many other countries, especially Asian nations. The “reformers” insist that schools must implement their market based strategies including charters, vouchers and virtual schools. I am motivated to question these ideas through my writing on this blog.

That said, you won’t find techniques of teaching on this blog. BUT you will find a philosophy that I hope will inspire you to be the educator you want to be. My inspiration comes from many educators, past and present, including classroom teachers and administrators, bloggers, and researchers.  You’ll find their names and work embedded in my posts.

You will find articles on the artistry of teaching that I hope will convince you to follow the path taken by risk-taking educators who inspire their students and colleagues.

The Art of Teaching Science is about many things. Here are a few:

  • Discussion of issues that impact teaching and learning
  • Critique if educational reform efforts based on a neoliberal and conservative, high-stakes testing, and standards model
  • Progressive education
  • The nature of science and science teaching
  • Publishing eBooks on important teaching & learning topics

About the Author

Screen Shot 2014-01-31 at 8.34.54 PMI taught high school science in Massachusetts, and was a professor of science education for more than 30 years, and I’m now Professor Emeritus, Georgia State University. While at Georgia State I was coordinator of science education, and helped create several science teacher education programs, including the design & implementation of TEEMS, a clinically based masters program for mathematics, science, and engineering majors. I was director of the Global Thinking Project, an Internet-based environmental program linking schools between Russia and U.S.A at first, and then many countries around the world. I also conducted seminars around the country on science teaching, inquiry and technology for the Bureau of Education and Research and for school districts’ staff development programs.

I’ve authored and co-authored a number of books including The Whole Cosmos Catalog of Science, Science Experiences, Adventures in Geology, Environmental Science on the Net, The Art of Teaching Science, 2nd Edition and Science as Inquiry, 2nd Edition.

More recently, I’ve written several eBooks based on themes that emerged from writing on this blog including: artistry in teaching, the goals of teaching (science), standards-critique, and controversies caused by Darwin’s and Wallace’s theory of evolution. You’ll find these in the Kindle store on Amazon.

So, Welcome to my weblog. I don’t expect everyone to agree with my ideas. And with that in mind, I welcome your ideas. I hope you’ll join in.

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