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Talk: 'Teaching Nature of Science'

Event Details

February 21, 2017
4:00 pm

Hasbrouck Hall

Room: 138

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Holly Hargraves

Teaching Nature of Science 

Jeanne Brunner Assistant Professor

Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies

Teaching nature of science (NOS) effectively has been a goal of science education for decades, but is one that is still proving difficult to attain. I will present my research on supporting elementary teachers in effectively teaching NOS through read-alouds using modified science trade books and educative curriculum materials. I will describe an intervention that both supports teachers’ understanding of NOS and guides their pedagogical decisions during read-alouds. Findings indicate that both teachers and students interacted more with NOS concepts during read-alouds of modified books and changed their views of NOS to be more in line with the views described in the standards.