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Geoscience Courses That Prepare Future Teachers

Workshop by Invitation
Carleton College, Northfield MN
May 10-12, 2007
Sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Future teachers are one of the most important constituencies in our geoscience courses. Because they will go on to teach, it is important that we help them learn both geoscience knowledge and effective ways to impart that knowledge to students. Many future middle and high school teachers major in our departments and take both introductory and upper division courses. Future elementary and middle school teachers are an important population in our introductory courses. Increasingly, there are examples of introductory courses addressing earth science and interdisciplinary science that are aimed primarily at elementary and middle school teachers.

The goal of this workshop is to examine the spectrum of ways in which geoscience courses are being designed to serve the needs of teachers: courses that serve only future teachers, those where future teachers are explictly considered in the design of the course, and those where evaluation suggests that future teachers are well served.

Workshop activities will include:

Participants will be asked to share course materials (e.g. activities or sample lessons) and syllabi in advance of the workshop and to participate in follow on activities.

The workshop will begin at 5:00 on May 10 and conclude after dinner on May 12. Funding is provided for travel, room and board through a grant from the National Science Foundation (EAR-0304762).


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