Challenge: 1.5 Million Teachers Needed!

Can you believe that figure.  According to a University System of Georgia report, by 2010, Georgia will have to produce more than 2,000 middle school and high school science teachers. In yesterday’s Atlanta Journal Constitution, one of the editors wrote an opinion piece entitled Classroom needs new infusion of applicants.  You would think that this […]

Research on Social Justice

Today I received a NARST list email from Angela Calabrese Barton ( & Bhaskar Upadhyay ( requesting research papers for submission for an issue of Equity & Excellence in Education on the theme teaching and learning science for social justice.  Requests are due by November 1, 2008. I thought what be interesting to readers on this weblog […]

Social Justice in Science Teaching

I received an email from Nate Carnes, President of the Southeast Association for Science Teacher Education (SASTE) announcing the SASTE’s annual conference entitled: Social Justice and High Quality Science Education for All which will take place at the University of South Carolina, Columbia on October 10 & 11.  Follow this link for details for the conference. […]

2nd Edition Art of Teaching Science to be Published in July 2008

Mike Dias and I have completed the revision of The Art of Teaching Science, 2nd Edition. We completed the manuscript, tables, figures and companion web material in early February, and the plan is for the book (see an image of the 2nd edition below) to be published in July, 2008 by Routledge Publishers. One of […]

Revision of Art of Teaching Science

Sorry for the lapse in time since the last post. I’ve begun the process of revising the Art of Teaching Science. The second edition of the book will be published by Routledge Publishing of the Taylor & Francis Group. The book will not only be updated from the 2005 edition, but will have a new […]

How to teach science education courses real good?

Science methods courses ought to be just as interesting and exciting as the best high school geology or physics class. How to teach science education courses to achieve this goal is the subject of this weblog entry. We’ve often talked about “how to teach science?” with assumption being that we are teaching K-12 students in […]

Constantly Striving for Inquiry-Based Learning

I received an email from a science educator colleague and friend, and he included a copy of a paper that he presented last fall at conference among science teacher educators. The paper, entitled “The journey from powerful ideas to classroom practice:Enacting inquiry pedagogy through co-construction, not indoctrination,” by Michael Dias, Kennesaw State University. The paper […]

Teaching Globally: Teaching in Another Culture

Charles Hutchison’s new book, Teaching in America leads me to think about the experiences we’ve had in exchange programs for students and teachers. In the 1990s, many of us were involved with a number of countries, including the USSR (Russia and the other Independent States that emerged from the Soviet State), Spain, Czech Republic, Australia […]

Teaching in America: A Cross-Cultural Guide for International Teachers

Dr. Charles Hutchison, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has published a new book entitled Teaching in America, A Cross-Cultural Guide for International Teachers and Their Employers (Springer Publishers, The Netherlands, 2005). Dr. Hutchison’s book grew out of his doctoral research study as well as his 9 years of teaching in American schools as an […]

Tale of Two Conferences

Tale of Two-Conferences, one for Educators, One for Newspaper Editors Since I’m from Boston, but have lived in metro-Atlanta area for 36 years, I wondered what all the fuss was about when I read the headlines in the last two editions of the Marietta Daily Journal (MDJ), “Redden sends 54 Educators to Boston (7/19/05) and […]

Web-Based Teaching, Just Another Fad?

Jerry Squire, a twenty-year veteran science teacher in a midwestern urban high school, was sitting in the audience at a staff development conference listening to a speaker from a science education research and development center present ideas about the benefits of online or Web-based teaching and learning. The speaker, a very well-known science educator, indicated […]