Issues in Earth Science Teacher Preparation
In this section, we explore some of the issues surrounding the preparation of teachers to teach Earth Science at both the preservice and inservice levels.
Is there a problem with K-12 Earth Science? What's the current situation? What are our students learning, and who is teaching them?
Who are K-12 teachers of Earth Science? What do they have to say about Earth Science teaching? Who is thinking about the ways in which Earth Science teachers are prepared?
Why should geoscience departments work to prepare well-qualified Earth Science teachers?
There is a significant need for geoscience faculty and practicing teachers to work together in their communities to improve the quality of Earth science education. Practicing teachers often are eager to interact with geoscience faculty and faculty can benefit in many ways from this collaboration. Plus, it can be a lot of fun!
Read about ideas for scientist's involvement in science education and professional development for practicing teachers, find out about workshops and special conference sessions devoted to these topics, and join up with an organization that promotes the support of science teachers.
In order to get a sense of what K-12 teachers are doing in their Earth Science classrooms, we conducted interviews with teachers from different backgrounds, different teaching assignments and different needs.
References and links to other sources of information on teacher preparation in the sciences.