A part of the SERC Teacher Professional Development Program Collection
Program URL: http://scienceonline.terc.edu/
What was the impetus for the program?
How is the program structured?
- Try Science is an introductory course that focuses on science as inquiry and how conceptual understandings of science can be developed through inquiry-based learning.
- Investigating Physics explores the organizing principles of forces and motion and strategies for paying attention to children's scientific ideas.
- Biological Explorations is a study of variation, diversity and adaptation, focusing on diversity, cels, and the flow of energy, and a study of the role of the teacher in the science classroom.
- Earth Science from a New Perspective investigates structures and changes in the earth's systems and considers structures of curriculum designed for understanding.
- Engineering addresses the role of science and technology in producing products and solving problems and research in the dimensions of equity.
- Ecology explores interrelationships between organisms and their environment and assessment for inquiry science.
The program incorporates examples/cases from the classroom. One goal of the program is for teachers to implement the practices they are learning with their students.
Who is involved?
The program was developed through a collaboration between TERC (a research and development organization devoted to science and mathematics education) and Lesley University. Each course is taught by faculty, including a scientist and an educator to ensure that both science and pedagogical content are addressed. Geoscientists participate in the Earth Science From a New Perspective course.
Nearly 250 teachers across the country are currently participants in the Online Masters Program and have the opportunity to learn in an environment that encourages interactions with their peers in different states.
How is the program evaluated?
How is the program maintained and funded?
Hints for starting a program like this:
- Be sure you have the resources to ensure high quality, support of the university, a cost-effective model and a way to sustain the program.